Bonehead Plays in the NFL

With handicapping legend Tony Salinas


A few seasons ago I used to give out a Bonehead of the Week award to a college or pro head coach. It got kind of redundant because it was the same few mistakes being made over and over again by different coaches. I felt like I was repeating myself, so I started talking about more things and put the award on the shelf.

But, now, I have a whole new audience of readers who never learned what the bonehead indicators were. So, I felt it was time to remind everyone about the main bonehead mistakes that football coaches make. You can look for them as you watch all the NFL games on TV Sunday and Monday. If you recall certain coaches making these mistakes repeatedly in the past, you might want to think long and hard about how to handle their games this weekend with your Las Vegas betting strategies.

If you bet on bonehead coaches, then YOU'RE the bonehead!

Here are the most common mistakes in my view:

*Trying to force something to happen from inside your own territory late in the first half. I wrote about this time and time again a few years ago. Then, the 2010 pro season started with Dallas making that same mistake, and having a fumble returned for a TD that would cost them the Washington game. BONEHEAD!

You're a longshot to drive the field and score late in the half. You're not a longshot to make a dumb mistake that sets up easy points for the other team. If you just take a knee, take your medicine, then you make sure things are as they should be going into halftime. If you're ahead when you get the ball, you're still ahead at the break. If you're within a possession when you get the ball, you haven't dug yourself a deeper hole with a bad error. Discretion is the better part of valor.

Boneheads choose valor, and often kill their chances of a victory by giving the other team momentum with a bonehead error.

*Going away from what's working. How often do you see teams run the ball for a few first downs, then start passing and have to punt (or, worse, throw an interception)? How often do you see teams complete a few passes, but then get conservative and kill their drives by running up the middle twice for no gain? Unfortunately, this happens WAY too often because there are still a lot of bonehead coaches.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Smart coaches stay with what's working. Make the defense stop you, then try something else. Don't stop yourself!

*Using a 'prevent' defense when they'd be better served by attacking the opposing quarterback. Many coaches are so afraid of a big play beating them, that they let teams march right down the field and beat them with shorter plays. BONEHEAD! Make something happen when the game is on the line. Clinch your victory by attacking the opposing quarterback when he's playing catch up. I can't tell you how many games I've seen lost by coaches who got conservative way too early, or stayed conservative on a crunch time drive just because they were 'hoping' the other team would screw something up.

All of this boils down to giving your opponents a chance to turn the game around or make something happen. If you go to a high risk offense when you shouldn't...if you change a gameplan that's already working...if you lay back on defense instead of're giving your opponent a chance. As I've said a million times, if something has a chance of happening, it eventually will.

Think about that today as you enjoy the games. I'd even suggest you make notes of every time you see a bonehead coaching move. That's easier for me to do here in the Vegas sportsbooks because we can watch all the games at once on the big screen TV's. If you're sitting at home on your couch watching just a few games, at least make notes in those games. It will pay off sometime down the road. You'll win with smart coaches. You'll win fading boneheads.

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