February 20, 2024

Chris Jones on 49ers’ decision to take ball in overtime: “They’re crazy”

The 49ers gained the coin toss to begin extra time. They determined to take the ball. Chiefs coach Andy Reid, whose group would have opted to kick, selected not to criticize 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan for electing to obtain.

Chiefs defensive sort out Chris Jones was not so diplomatic.

“They’re crazy,” Jones advised reporters after the 25-22 Kansas City win. “They’re crazy. Because the overtime rules have changed where both teams get the ball no matter who scores. So, originally, you want to let the other team get the ball, stop them holding the three, so you know what you got. Or if you stop them, they punt it, then all you have to do is kick three.”

Chris Simms and I talked by way of the problem in element on Monday’s PFT Live. (The clip is connected.) It’s a decision that may’t totally be made till it’s time to make it.

Last night time’s sport had change into a field-goal sport. In that state of affairs, a stable argument will be made for making an attempt to arrange the third possession of extra time, after the 2 groups doubtlessly commerce three-pointers.

But right here’s one other issue that turns into crucial to the decision. There’s just one Patrick Mahomes — and the Chiefs have him.

Do you need to give the ball to him with a championship on the road? With a landing to win?

Sure, Shanahan wished the third possession, the primary of sudden demise. With Mahomes, there gained’t be a 3rd possession.

With Mahomes, the higher play would have been to give him the ball first. If he had scored, 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy would have had an opportunity to forge a legacy by driving for a possible game-winning landing — capped by a two-pointer, if want be.

Regardless, Mahomes was getting on the sphere in some unspecified time in the future. Last night time, it might need made extra sense to give him the ball first.