I really wanted to defer this post to the second half (after the jump), but that would have had an odd appearance. I heard no one ask Coach Jauron during his post-game Q & A about his now-patented choice to defer to the second half when his Bills win the coin toss prior to opening kickoff. It became a staple last season, one in which we tallied a grand total of 46 first quarter points over 16 games. I, for one, was convinced that Dick had learned the error of his ways. Wrong. During pre-game festivities yesterday myself and friends joked about the Bills deferring to the second half if they won the coin toss just minutes away. I say 'joked', because I knew that there was no way we would choose to kickoff to the league's highest scoring offense and risk falling behind in a game where it behooved us to play with the lead. Wrong again.
Saints 7, Bills 0.
What exactly is Dick Jauron thinking? Is it his intent to send a message to our offense, every chance that he gets, that he has no faith in them (which he so capably reinforced with 7 minutes left in the game by punting on 4th and less than 2, down by 10 points)? Or does he simply want our defense to spend as much time as possible on the field, thinking they perform better when exhausted in the 4th quarter?
When down only 10-7 starting the 4th quarter, I began thinking overtime and the 302 miles drive home last night. that's when a friend said, "Hey, if we go overtime, you think Jauron will defer if we win the coin toss?"