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Most players are ‘oblivious’ to the coaches’ handy…

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Most players are 'oblivious' to the coaches' handy...


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars play host to the New York Jets this week, which means a certain 2-point conversion is a hot topic again.

It’s the one Jaguars coach Doug Marrone called at the end of last season’s 31-12 victory over the Jets at TIAA Bank Field. Up 19 points with 25 seconds to play following T.J. Yeldon’s 1-yard touchdown run, Marrone opted for a 2-point attempt instead of sending out kicker Josh Lambo.

It was a decision that generated some controversy, mainly because of Marrone’s alleged hard feelings toward the Jets because they opted to hire Todd Bowles instead of him in 2015. However, Marrone’s reasoning for the 2-point try was pretty simple: Several players on the PAT team were banged up, and the chart said he should go for two.

Ah, the chart.

For those unfamiliar — that, apparently, includes a significant number of Jaguars players — the chart lists the scenarios when it’s better for a team to try a PAT versus a 2-point conversion. It takes into consideration the score margin and amount of time remaining and allows coaches to make quick decisions based on the situation. Former Eagles and Rams coach Dick Vermeil is generally credited with developing the chart while he was the offensive coordinator at UCLA in the 1970s.

You now know more about the 2-point conversion chart than several Jaguars players — non-quarterbacks, anyway.

Although Gardner Minshew and Josh Dobbs knew about the chart, neither had ever seen one. Still, that puts them way ahead of some of their teammates. Attempted interviews about the chart went like this:

Receiver Chris Conley (in his fifth season)

Q: Have you ever seen the 2-point conversion chart?

A: Like, percentages of 2-point conversions?

Q: No, the chart that tells you when you should kick or go for two points.

A: That sounds like that’s above my pay grade.

Receiver Keelan Cole (third season)

Q: Have you ever seen the 2-point conversion chart?

A: What chart?

Q: When you should kick or go for two.

A: I just thought if you had the balls, you went for the two, and if you didn’t, you didn’t. You went for the tie. I thought it was just, like, a pride thing. I didn’t really know that he had a chart for it. I mean, it makes sense. They’ve got statistics for everything. I didn’t think that was a statistic, only like if you make it or not, like there’s a chance for this to make it or not. I didn’t know it was more than that. It makes sense, though.

Receiver Marqise Lee (sixth season)

Q: Have you ever seen the 2-point conversion chart?

A: What do you mean?

Q: It’s a chart that tells you when you should kick or go for two points.

A: Where am I supposed to see that?

Q: I thought it might be in the playbook.

A: I’ve never seen a 2-point conversion chart. I know we’ve got plays for the 2-point conversion, but I don’t know exactly when they decide on when we’re supposed to do it.

Kicker Josh Lambo (fifth season)

Q: Have you ever seen the 2-point conversion chart?

A: Oh, God, no. Why would I be involved in that?

Q: Well, you’re the kicker, so I figured …

A: What player makes the playcalls?

Q: But it directly involves you.

A: I try to be as oblivious to football as possible. When they tell me to go out there and kick the ball, that’s what I do.

http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/302068/most-players-are-oblivious-to-the-coaches-handy-two-point-chart

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