Lions’ Dan Campbell says penalty for persistent timeout versus Bears is a result of ‘miscommunication’
The Lions’ final Thanksgiving 16-14 loss to the Bears left a lot to be desired for Detroit fans. Chicago held the ball in the final 8:30 of the game and kicked a winning goal in the game when time ran out to beat the Lions 0-10-1 for the season.
Detroit’s defense had chances that couldn’t leave the field and the team was in dire need of it as Chicago (4-7) blew the clock. The unit had a great opportunity but could not capitalize because of a fatal mistake.
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The bears are within 1:54 of goal remaining and are facing 3 and 9. The Lions will almost certainly get the ball back if they stop the Bears in that play.
But the third and ninth moments never came. The Lions tried to call a timeout before playing, and their wish was granted. there’s only one problem. They called the timeout before. NFL teams are not allowed to call back timeouts.
As a result, the Lions were penalized for postponing the match. That gives the Bears 5 yards and sets a third and four. Chicago converted via a 7-yard pass from Andy Dalton to Damiere Byrd. It can then run the clock down to a second before scoring in the match.
Lions coach Dan Campbell told reporters after the game that the penalty was the result of a “miscommunication” on the field.
“Obviously, you can’t do that,” Campbell talks about constant timeout calling. “But we had a miscommunication. Half of us had a call, half had a call, so yeah, timed out.”
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What led to the misinformation? As Campbell explains it, the defense had a check put on the call to play. It is supposed to see how the Bears will line up and then adjust accordingly. But part of the defense missed the call, so Campbell knew the unit was in trouble.
“The first thing on my mind was, ‘Well, we’ve got a big coverage and they’re going to score,” Campbell said. So I do it, which you can’t do, and now it’s a punishment. “
Campbell isn’t happy with the mistake, but he insists it’s better than the alternative: “stand there and watch them score.”
“I know [if Dalton] Campbell said.
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It’s a tough position for Campbell, but the Lions will get the ball back if they allow touch. That would at least give them a chance to gain momentum in potential game-winning.
Again, Detroit’s foul only totaled 239 yards throughout the game, so perhaps giving the defense a last chance to send the Bears off the field was the right move.