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Posted: 09/15/2013 6:18 PM

Novak... 


.. went 4 for 4 and won the game for us.  So glad Kaeding is out and Novak is in.
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Posted: 09/15/2013 6:30 PM

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I agree, although to be fair, Kaeding was MONEY in the regular season.  If, IF the Bolts somehow "magic" their way into the postseason, and Novak does this same thing there, then we'll be able to call him the Anti-Kaeding biggrin.

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Posted: 09/15/2013 6:53 PM

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I hope he gets a game ball.  Little surprised we did not get closer for the final kick, but McCoy must have a lot of confidence in him.
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Posted: 09/15/2013 11:12 PM

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WorldBeFree wrote: Little surprised we did not get closer for the final kick, but McCoy must have a lot of confidence in him.
It was a risky call by McCoy. If Novak missed and the Chargers lost in overtime, it would have raised countless questions about his team's inability to finish. Instead, San Diego leaves town with some badly needed momentum. 

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Posted: 09/16/2013 12:00 AM

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Situational football.

I suppose McCoy could've "went for the jugular" to line up something closer, but there is a lot of risk involved with trying to do that: Fumble, sack, pick, intentional groundintog. And at that point in the game Phily is going to send a weird blitz they haven't sent and it turns into an all-in guessing game between an OC and a DC. 

McCoy eliminated that risk and guesswork and opted for risking Novak from 46. I believe it was the right call and would stand by it if Novak missed and the Bolts lost in OT and we were 0-2.

But you're right. If Novak's kick went eight feet to the left, the Villagers would be out talking about how the Bolts can't finish, McCoy is an "idiot,"  the Chargers suck, he didn't go for the jugular, etc.

Hell, the Villagers nearly burned a HC at the stake for making this exact same call in the playoffs against the Jets one year. It's amazing how a kicker can make a guy a great coach or a goat.



MikeLombardo wrote:
WorldBeFree wrote: Little surprised we did not get closer for the final kick, but McCoy must have a lot of confidence in him.
It was a risky call by McCoy. If Novak missed and the Chargers lost in overtime, it would have raised countless questions about his team's inability to finish. Instead, San Diego leaves town with some badly needed momentum. 

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Posted: 09/16/2013 4:14 AM

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cheers.gif HERE'S TO NOVAK! cheers.gif  

Kaeding always did have the knack of Losen' it when the game was on the line. I always looked at him as Norvs "scapegoat" for putting him in such a spot a lot IN BIG GAMES. I realize that last min. field goals happen all the time, but really seemed in any of the big games the Chargers couldn't help themselves from losen' this way.

Last edited 09/16/2013 4:15 AM by Timithy1

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Posted: 09/16/2013 4:48 AM

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I'd give a kiss to every Chargers player right now...including the kicker. :)
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