Here’s this week’s installment of Pete Carroll answering a reader’s question.
Q: Coach, why do you select to go for it on 4th down an inordinate amount of the time when in FG range? You have a FG kicker who has All American talent. Statistics show that with a good FG kicker, taking the high probability points and the momentum swing is typically the smarter decision than going for it. Why do you have a propensity over several seasons to buck the norm in these situations, and not take the easy 3 points?
A: “I like going for it. If you make it on fourth down, it’s like a turnover. It’s worth the risk of not making it. It’s like getting a turnover. It always depends on the situation and we have a really good kicker. But it does for you as a turnover.”