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Old 01-25-2011, 09:04 AM
Ellis Dee Ellis Dee is offline
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The value of a timeout is to prevent something bad from happening. A delay of game penalty on 1st and 10 early in the second quarter of a tie game is a bad thing, so calling a timeout to avoid the penalty is a good use of a timeout.

Not every game comes down to a last minute drive where you need timeouts, so whatever the utility of having an extra timeout in that situation is, you have to reduce it by the likelihood of getting there in the first place.

Consider the above example in the second quarter. What if that drive leads to a touchdown thanks to a close 1st down conversion you wouldn't have made if you saved the timeout to take the delay of game. Better to build up an early lead and not need the timeout later than save your timeouts only to need them in crunch time.