The guys at Smart Football have gotten their hands on a super-awesome page from Buddy Ryan’s old Houston Oilers playbook:
The major question: Is giving up the yardage (half the distance to the goal) worth it? That depends on the situation. If the opposing offense is inside the two-yard line, it would seemingly make sense. I’d rather give a team one shot to beat me from two feet than two shots to beat me from four feet. That said, if the offense is panicked and rushed, you’d be giving them a chance to settle down and reorganize following the penalty.
To boot, you have to take into consideration the chance that the opposing offense actually scores against the 14-man defense, because that play still technically counts. A touchdown against that D would just allow the offense to decline the penalty for too many men on the field.
Anyway, it’s intriguing. And it’s so Buddy Ryan. Even the name. I wonder if the Tennessee Volunteers have it named that way in their playbook, because it sure looks like they tried to pull it off last year against LSU:
Hat tip: Drew Fairservice