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Tice wants do-over on fourth-down play

Posted by Larry Mayer on July 31, 2012 – 8:00 pm

First-year offensive coordinator Mike Tice is already being second-guessed for his play-calling decisions, but you may be surprised where the criticism is coming from.

After backup quarterback Jason Campbell threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-one in a two-minute drill Tuesday, it was Tice himself who publicly questioned the call.

“I should have run the quarterback sneak,” Tice told reporters. “You’re a little greedy in practice. Nothing’s really on the line. You’re just working your stuff. I should have run the quarterback sneak. I’ll get better at that and the guys will get better at their things. So if we all get better at something each day collectively, we’re going to make a big jump—and that’s what we’re looking to do.

“The first day we set the bar very high. If you’re going to achieve that, then you have to come out here every day and get better at something. And that’s all we’re asking the guys to do.”

Tice is pleased with the progress the offense is making, but he has little tolerance for mistakes like the handful of low shotgun snaps that veteran center Roberto Garza made in Tuesday’s practice.

“I thought some parts of practice were very good and I thought at the end when we had the ball on the ground with the exchanges, I thought we finished sloppy,” Tice said. “But we hung in there and kept working.

“The guys are working extremely hard. I know this: If you work hard, there’s nothing you can do but get better. The only thing you can do is get better when you’re working hard, and the guys are working hard. We’re proud of them for that, but we continually have to clean things up. That’s just the way it goes.”


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