Super Bowl 49 was over the moment Russell Wilson threw an interception pass in the end-zone with less than a minute to play. This was a heart breaking way to lose. Not because of the interception, but because of the bad decision to pass the ball when a run would have won the game.
Why didn’t they let Marshawn Lynch run the ball!? Are they crazy? An offensive coordinator will be fired today.
That is a direct quote from millions of Seattle Seahawks fans.
Before the Seattle fans skewer me, and the Patriot fans give me a high five, you need to know that I am a Packer’s fan. Always have been, always will be. You need to also know that I recognize the hard work and talent on both teams.
Now, back to the bad decision of passing the ball.
I have made the same bad decision in business, just as you have:
- Going for the BIG SALE, when a client is ready to buy the middle package.
- Fully committing to the NEW MARKETING IDEA, when the old stuff works great.
- Going for the RADICAL NEW TRAINING APPROACH, even though the basics have always produced the best results. [Find out more here.]
There is value to the pass:
- The pass is important, just like trying new ideas is important.
- The pass can get you big yards when you need them.
- The pass is exciting, and gets the fans on their feet.
However, the pass has consequences.
The consequences of going for the pass, when a run would do:
I believe the great Vince Lombardi said it best:
Gentleman, this is a football. . . You will learn to run with it, block for it, and tackle for it. . . You will learn to pass it, but only when needed. . . There are 3 things that can happen when you throw the ball, and 2 of them are bad.
No one wants the pass to go away. We love the excitement of the pass. However, when a run will win the game, you should run.