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Old 01-24-2011, 11:12 AM
Marley23 Marley23 is offline
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This is a very interesting question that I have absolutely no ability to answer. But I've thought about the same issue sometimes. I would think the value of the timeout vs. the five yards would change based on field position, yards to first down, score, and time left in the game. Blowing a timeout early in a half generally seems like a bad idea to me, but QBs and coaches always seem to do it instead of just taking the penalty even though it could make the difference on a critical drive at the end of the half or the game. Do they think it's too hard to make this decision on the fly? The only time you see a team deliberately take a delay of game penalty is when they are around midfield and planning to punt, which is a situation where the extra five yards might prevent a touchback.