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Sunday, November 19, 2017

MAAS UNDER FIRE FOR LATE GAME DECISION

CALGARY - Jason Maas doesn't regret his decision to send out Sean Whyte to kick a field goal down seven points with under two minutes to go in Sunday's West Division final.

His hope was that his Edmonton Eskimos would eventually get the ball back and then drive for the game-winning touchdown, but that didn't happen as the Calgary Stampeders hung on for a 32-28 win to advance to next Sunday's Grey Cup final in Ottawa against the Toronto Argonauts.

"Will I look back on it and wonder? Maybe, but I won't ever regret it because I have faith in our football team,'' said Maas. "That's what it was, it was a faith decision saying your defence is going to get the stop, special teams is going to get you the ball back and your offence is going to go down and score again.

"We've proved it in different spots all year that those things can happen. Ultimately in this one game, in this one moment, it didn't. At the end of the day we'll all live with it and it'll go down as a loss.''

Maas' decision had the potential to pay off as the Eskimos forced Calgary to punt with 24 seconds remaining, but Edmonton's Jamill Smith fumbled the ball on the return and the Stampeders recovered to close out the win.

Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly didn't question his coach's call to settle for the 20-yard field goal as the clock ran down to 1:43 on the play, rather than gambling on the third-and-four situation to extend the drive.

"I put faith in my coaching staff that they're going to make the best decision for us. I'll never question that,'' said Reilly, who converted a third-and-10 situation earlier in the drive when he threw a 31-yard pass to Brandon Zylstra.

"Everybody's going to have hindsight and question that decision, but at the end of the day I think the decision's made based on trying to win a football game, giving yourself three points, so that when you drive down and score with no time on the clock, you're winning, you're not going to overtime.''

(Canadian Press)

10 comments:

Morgan said...

Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha... I will be laughing about this all off-season!!!

Anonymous said...

I hate both teams but there's nothing like watching "Big Ears" lose!!

Anonymous said...

The one weakness that the Eskimos suffered from in 2017 was at head coach. And it cost that talent loaded team when it counted most.

Anonymous said...

Nice call Jason, I hope you keep your job and continue making dumb ass calls.

Anonymous said...

Unless Maas had big money for his team to cover the spread in Vegas his decision made absolutly no sense. If his excuse is he made the call on "faith" I would be questioning my "faith" of him as a head coach going forward.

Anonymous said...

and Morgan, I'll be laughing about how the Sliders blew the game in the last minute. Edmonton and its #1 ranked quarterback lost the game due to a coaching decision. Sliders lost because of no discipline, no talent,

Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha shmos with their so called #1 ranked quarterback lost! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ga ha ha haha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ... infinity ... tsk tsk! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ... my belly is sore, but I'll laugh some more, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha he ha ha ha ... those shmos, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ... losers, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ... #1 ranked quarterback? ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ...

Lil Arnold

Anonymous said...

Hahaha lost by a coaching decision? 3rd and 4 and Edmonton gets stuffed it's game over anyways. I would say that Edmonton blew it in the last minute as well, at least our comeback had us on top at one point. Way to let Calgary back into the game with 30 points to your 1, hell of a way to play football.....

Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha ha. Schmos fan was all ready to smack talk the Rider fans. Then...get this...Maas is down by seven with less then two minutes left...and he....KICKS A FIELD GOAL. THATS SO AWESOME. THINK ABOUT THAT ALL WINTER SCHMOS FAN. LOL. So funny

Could that go down as the worst coaching decision in CFL history?

Anonymous said...

What about the #1 power rank? Oh right that means squat if you lose in the playoffs ask Calgary. You have a lot of crow to eat buddy you better get started. Maybe save some for next year to and by the way before you say anything I never thought the riders would get this far they beat my expectations so I have no crow to eat and it feels good. I think your #1 rated quarterback proved that he is anything but that this weekend and your coach's decision was dumber than the Seahawks fake field goal last night. Good luck next year you will need it.


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