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Edwards didn’t get play before shutoff

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2008 – 9:57 pm

After just speaking with Trent Edwards in the postgame interview  room, he confirmed that the reason he had to come to the sideline on the 3rd-and-5 play at the end of the first half, was because he never got the play call prior to the 15 second shutoff in his helmet.

When there are 15 seconds left on the play clock the radio communication device in the helmet shuts off. So he had to come to sideline to get the play and we all know what happened from there.

Here’s Trents’ comment on it.

“We were in a position where we were deciding what to do whether to throw or run and then the play clock had gotten down to 15 seconds,” said Edwards. “And it might have been something with the previous play getting the personnel grouping in and then we decided to run the run play on the first sound and then run the kicking team out.”

So according to Edwards the play had yet to be decided upon when the shut off of the radio device was made at 15 seconds.

Trent ran to the sideline to get the play, but by the time he got it there were 10 seconds on the clock, he ran to the huddle, called the play and just got it off to avoid a delay of game, but the run play left 14 seconds on the clock and after the scrap ensued with the Duke Preston and some Patriots’ players the ball was never re-set at the new line of scrimmage, preventing a field goal attempt.


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