I'm skeptical of the significant credit and blame NFL coaches get for their team's successes and failures. We football fans frequently hear stories about how NFL coaches work 20-hour days and sleep in their offices because they are so consumed with preparing their team for upcoming games.
With that in mind, I listened yesterday to Green Bay Packers WR Greg Jennings discuss the 15-yard touchdown pass that he caught from Brett Favre in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game. As Jennings told WHGQ radio host Brian Nelson, the coaching staff called a running play. But Favre winked at Jennings and ended up throwing him a pass. Brilliant coaching?
Brian Nelson: What was the call in the huddle? What was the play that was called?
Greg Jennings: It was a run play.
Brian Nelson: They showed that on TV. A little wink and a nod.
Greg Jennings: I have no clue what he gave me.
Brian Nelson: Really?
Greg Jennings: He just winked and nodded. And I'm like, "What in the world?" So I just ran and looked back at him the entire time because I knew he was just going to throw it up.
Brian Nelson: What do you mean ? How would he give you a route to run?
Greg Jennings: He looked at me and kind of nodded his head and pointed his finger, like he wanted me to just go. But I was on the front side of the run and you normally don't throw to the front side of the run. So I'm like, "Okay, uhhh." So I just ran and then he threw it and I reacted.