Many times we’ve seen one particular call change the outcome of an entire game or series. Some times it’s for the better… other times, not so much.
Either way, 99% of the time these calls were made by the head coach. Here, we proudly offer up our list of the top five worst coaching blunders of all time!
5 – Falcons coach Dan Reeves starts Eugene Robinson in Super Bowl XXXIII
We kick this FAIL party into high gear with Atlanta Falcons’ safety Eugene Robinson, a guy who partied hard into the wee hours of the morning with a prostitute… on the day of the Super Bowl… and found himself in the slammer hours later. Oddly enough, coach Dan Reeves’ decision to start Robinson in the game turned out to be a really bad decision.
4 – Red Sox manager John McNamara starts Bill Buckner in the ’86 World Series
It was game 6 of the 1986 World Series and unbeknownst to most fans, first baseman Bill Buckner was hobbling around the clubhouse with two bum ankles. Still, Red Sox manager John McNamara felt compelled to start Buckner over a healthy Dave Stapletoon because he wanted Buckner to be on the field when the Sox won the series. The decision will go down as one of the worst coaching blunders in baseball history…
3 – Despite having the lead, Pats coach Bill Belichick goes for it on fourth down… with 2:08 remaining
The New England Patriots were elading the Colts 34 – 28 with just over two minutes left on the clock. It was Tom Brady’s first appearance at Lucas Oil Stadium against Peyton Manning and the Pats were facing a fourth and two situation on their own 28 yard line. The world expected Belichick to punt the ball, but ‘the Hoodie’ was afraid to put the ball back in Manning’s hands… so instead, he made a decision that would be seen, in hindsight, as utter suicide.
2 – Alabama’s Nick Saban wins appeal, loses title chance
Alabama and Auburn faced off in the 2013 Iron Bowl with the winner advancing to the SEC title game, and more importantly, a shot at the national title. On what appeared to be the final play of the game against Auburn, Saban noticed that his player had stepped out of bound with one second remaining on the clock. Alabama’s coach appealed and won, allowing the Crimson Tide to line up for a 57 yard field goal attempt to break the tie… with a red shirt freshman in his first ever college game. The ball was snapped and Auburn returned the missed field goal the entire length of the field with no time remaining, giving the Tigers a 34-28 victory.
1 – The Miracle at the Meadowlands
With very little time left on the clock, the New York Giants are holding on to the football and a five point lead over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles had no timeouts left… game over, right? Wrong. Fans expected quarterback Joe Pisarcik to take the snap and kneel the ball down to run out the clock and preserve a 17–12 Giants win. Instead, offensive coordinator Bob Gibson called a running play and Pisarcik botched the hand off Larry Csonka. Eagles DB Herman Edwards picked up the ball and ran 26 yards to snatch victory away from the Giants.