Former left fielder whose dream of playing for the Atlanta Braves never came to fruition. Instead, worked my way through college and got a degree in journalism, pulling off a rare feat: working in the field of my degree. Began working at The Augusta Chronicle in 1998 and have covered many exceptional events since then (12 Masters Tournaments, the 2001 PGA Championship, 1998 Peach Bowl, 2002, 2010 and 2011 SEC Championships, two of USC Aiken's three golf national championships, Augusta State's 2010 and 2011 NCAA Division I golf national championships and four of Augusta State's Division II Elite Eight appearances (men-2008-2010; women-2004) and 12 Augusta Futurities -- along with myriad high school state championship games). In 2008, had a streak of 100 consecutive days of stories in the paper (from January-April). Honored to win first place in the Georgia Press Association's Sports Writing contest in 2009. I live in Augusta with my beautiful wife and our wonderful triplets.
Posted November 14, 2011 11:47 am

Falcons coach made the right call

Falcons coach Mike Smith is getting hammered for going for it on fourth-and-inches deep in Atlanta territory (the 29-yard line to be exact) in overtime. As you know by now, the gamble failed. Michael Turner got stuffed in the backfield, and John Kasay knocked in a chip-shot field goal.

As former Jets coach Herm Edwards famously said, you play to win the game. Smith was trying to be aggressive. It's easy to say the defense would've held the Saints, like it did late in the game and already in overtime. But that's a mere assumption. Drew Brees already threw for 310 yards in the game. What's to say he wouldn't engineer a long drive for a field goal? And if the defense was so good, why did it allow the Saints to march from the 29 to the 8 after Smith's gamble?

My only qualm with the decision: Why not a QB sneak instead? That made more sense than handing the ball off to Turner four yards in the backfield. Ryan could've punched it forward for a yard.

What do you think? Dumb decision? Great call, but poor execution? Falcons should have punted?