TMQ: Hooray for Coaches with Courage!


Has courage broken out in the NFL? This weekend, team after team went for it on fourth down, eschewing fraidy-cat kicks. (Only in sportswriting can you get away with "eschewing.") Pittsburgh went for it on fourth-and-goal in Chicago and scored a touchdown. Houston went for it on fourth-and-2, converted, and eventually scored a touchdown on the drive; the Texans went for it again on fourth-and-1 from the Tennessee 15-yard line with five minutes remaining in a tie game, converted, and scored the winning field goal on that possession after grinding down the clock. Washington went for it twice on fourth-and-1 on its final possession, converting the first time, failing the second time -- but the failure left St. Louis pinned on its own 4 at the two-minute warning. Atlanta went for it on...

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