Bucs’ Evans high priced but the right target
October 10, 2018 3:00 AM
by Alan Berg
People that get paid to talk about sports are sometimes as bad as the know-it-all at the local bar.
I won’t mention any names but this week it’s a long list. The issue of contention is going for it on fourth down.
ALL coaches should go for the win when they have a chance to put the game away. As Sun Devils head coach Herm Edwards would say, “you play to win the game.....hello.”
Now Rams head coach Sean McVay, my favorite NFL head coach ever, went for the win against the Seahawks Sunday. The situation, fourth-and-1 at the Rams 42-yard line 1:39 left in regulation, up 33-31, Seattle out of timeouts.
Rams’ Jared Goff’s QB sneak sealed the game for LA. McVay was applauded like a legend, rightfully so.
Rewind a week, Colts head coach Frank Reich looking at fourth- and-4 (yes much more difficult than a yard). It was 34-34 with 24 seconds left in overtime and the ball was at the Indianapolis 43-yard line.
Colts QB Andrew Luck dropped back threw the ball too low and it was incomplete. Then the Indy defense gave up a 24-yard pass play setting up a 37-yard field goal giving Houston the win. Two plays, poor execuction.
Reich was ripped by the majority of the media for not playing for the tie by punting the football and McVay was praised for his guts to gamble for the win.
People get too much praise for the result versus the approach. For me both coaches wanted their teams to win, it worked out for one and not the other.
Again I will admit one play the Rams could end the game, while the other was to extend the game. However what is missing here is playing winning football.
A correct callout was Cowboys coach Jason Garrett getting ripped for not going for it on fourth-and-1 against the same Texan team at the Houston 42! Final Houston 19-16. Oddly in the Garrett era the Cowboys are the best 1-yard team in football.
Let’s be consistant with critiquing coaches, if you loved McVay’s call, then you should have loved Reich’s.
Mike Evans, TB ($8,100): Evans comes off a bye week and the targets should fly up with Jameis Winston back.
With Winston under center Evans saw 173 targets in 2016 and 137 in 2017 (Winston only started 13 games and was knocked out of two during the year).
Get Evans ready to go he should have a big day against one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL at Atlanta. Projection: 9 catches, 172 yards, 2 TD.
Diamond in the Rough
Dion Lewis, TEN ($4,700): Plenty of people are down on Marcus Mariota but if you saw that Nick Williams drop against Buffalo that is his reality.
What I will say is the Titans need to get more aggressive with the playcalling against Baltimore
With tons of untapped potential the fact he only saw 4 targets last week is an abomination. Hopefully the Titans will figure that out this week against a solid Ravens D. Projection: 141 total yards, 2 TDs.
Bargains: Bears RB Tarik Cohen ($4,600); Jets WR Robbie Anderson ($4,600); Texans WR Keke Coutee ($4,600)
Cohen might be the key to the Bears offense this week in Miami.
Anderson caught two TD’s last week, very capable of two more vs. Indy.
Coutee is breaking out for the Texans and against Bills pass rush, will see a lot of action in the slot.