Doug Robinson: Please kick any coach who tries to ice a kicker

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  • Steve C. Warren WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Oct. 3, 2012 10:41 a.m.

    Robinson's statistics clearly show that an "iced" kicker has a slightly increased chance of making the field goal. In other words, coaches who call these timeouts don't know their math. Here's what team owners or athletic directors ought to say: "Coach, if you insist on calling timeouts to ice the kicker, start looking for another job."

    Coaches need to know the math. When Bronco Mendenhall went for two against Boise State when BYU trailed 7-6 with 3:37 left, did he know that NCAA stats show there's only a 40 percent chance of converting? Did he also know what the odds were of a Boise State drive producing either a touchdown or field goal with 3:37 and two timeouts left while running a four-down (no punt) offense? In other words, did he know his chances of winning that game were only about 25 percent when he went for the two-pointer?