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Old 01-25-2011, 06:50 PM
Enginerd Enginerd is offline
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One of the more subtle effects of a timeout is on the playcalling. Without a timeout to work with, an offense under the gun is going to have to throw the ball and work the sidelines, and the defense knows that. If the offense does have a timeout, their opponent still has to defend the middle of the field. The offense doesn't have to use it, but just having the option makes it easier to complete those sideline passes and get out of bounds to stop the clock.

With the right data, I guess you could try to quantify that difference. I think it would be significant.

Originally Posted by I Love Me, Vol. I View Post
In the NFL, the coach could tell the QB via his helmet speaker to: "Take the penalty! NO time out!"
Nope - the communication stops with 10 or 15 seconds on the play clock.