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Nov. 6, 2013 11:04 AM
 
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I saw sam use a stiff arm and his hand ended up in the facemask proximity of the player. It was not malicious by any means. I think he was protecting himself on a sideline tackle. We went in to the game with an aggressive mindset in terms of returns. Just through all the study and everything we knew about how they did their operation. Thought we should have knelt the one he got the penalty on. When you get a ball that wide in the end zone, normally your spacing is not going to be good. Particularly when youíre trying to run the ball across the other side of the field. Backside we didnít get any penetration. Our safety on the left side didnít fit good enough. Thereís a lot of factors in play. Traditionally, a ball thatís more than three-yards deep in the end zone, you take a knee and put it on the 20 and you move forward. With Samís speed here the last couple games, weíve been very aggressive with our approach of bringing the ball out. Other than that, we were, by design, being aggressive with it. I track it based on pure special teams plays. (field poz). I compare where we got the ball to our opponents position. (Drive chart) Itís really the most important thing in special teams. Where youíre taking possession of the ball, your scoring success is really predetermined. The same thing defensisvely. If we can get them to start drives inside the 20, weíre playing really downhill. The scoring probability doubles when you start an offensive drive, approximately, outside the 35-yard line as opposed to inside the 20. itís a big time difference. If youíre playing percentage football Ö thatís a stat we try to pay attention to. We have not been tackled inside the 20 very often this year. That hurt us yesterday.

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