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Mike Smith Reads The Wall Street Journal; Sean Payton Does Not

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I like this:

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On the time out before the winning field goal:
"I think they all knew. They pretty much know (that would happen). Even though the statistics don’t say it (helps) in terms of icing the kicker. But I still think (a time out) puts a little bit of doubt. I think the statistics show that (when) icing a kicker, they actually make it more than they miss it. Most coaches are going to make that standard operating procedure."

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The timeout called by Sean Payton, which nullified a blocked field goal by New Orleans that would've given the Saints the ball at midfield, backfired in a big way. Bryant got to line up again and eventually kick the game winner.

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And Mike Smith is right. The Wall Street Journal looked into the matter last week and found icing the kicker actually increases the odds of a successful field goal.

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Not only do we have airtight HOW YOU GON ICE MATTY ICE'S TEAM logic to fall back on, we also have a coach smart enough to read publications besides NFL playbooks.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.