Football teams put a lot of time and effort into preparing for game day. It all starts before the first practice when coaches put together the team playbook – often a compilation of years and years of experience. Then, the players work all year long on conditioning and preparing themselves for the season. The first practices focus on the fundamentals of the game – blocking and tackling and walking through the basic plays. And then they teams practice and practice and practice, leading up to scrimmages that simulate game conditions. They watch film, go over situational plays and do everything they possibly can to prepare for the upcoming game.
Businesses should be doing the same things with their emergency response and crisis management programs. But, too often, they skip over steps in the process. Many businesses have prepared their business continuity playbook, but they fail to practice and scrimmage to learn the plays. If the first time football players studied the playbook was when the game was already underway, they couldn’t possibly be prepared. Other businesses go right to the scrimmage and do simulated disasters before they have worked on the fundamentals of blocking and tackling. This leads to frustration and failed exercises.
In the world of crisis management, game day is the day the disaster strikes. Like football teams, if you have not gone through the entire process of preparing your team for this event, you are less likely to be successful on game day. Safe Harbor Consulting can help your organization in any or all of these phases of the preparation lifecycle.
End commercial – now let’s look at Week 2 of the NFL.
WEEK 2 RECAP
The first two weeks of the 2013/14 NFL season has resulted in a relatively large number of one score – even, one point – games. Many of the games have gone down to the wire with both teams having an opportunity to pull out the win in the end. In Week 2, this resulted in very few teams having large leads. The lead, in many games, went back and forth throughout the contest – making for exciting football all around, but very few large deficits to overcome.
In Week 2, 11 of the winning teams trailed at one point in the game, but no winning team ever trailed by any more than 8 points. Of the 5 teams that never trailed in the game, all five were home teams. Dallas, the only team to never trail in week 1, lost to Kansas City in week 2, meaning every team in the NFL has been on the wrong side of the scoreboard at one time or another this season – and we are only two weeks into it.
Week 1 saw 5 teams overcome deficits of 9 points or more. In Week 2 – there were none. So, the Week 2 Safe Harbor Consulting Crisis Management Football Award is to be shared by the 3 teams that trailed by 8 points in their game before pulling out a victory. Those teams are; Buffalo, Houston and Arizona.
CAROLINA VS BUFFALO
Although Buffalo was the first team to score, on a Dan Carpenter 55 yard field goal in the 2nd quarter, the Bills were struggling to stay in this game throughout. Carolina lead the contest 7 – 3 at halftime and took their 8 point lead, 14 – 6, at the 6:52 mark in the 3rd quarter following a 40 yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Ted Ginn. Eight points, however, is still just a one score lead and the Bills knotted up the score at 14 when they were successful on the 2 point conversion following a Fred Jackson 4 yard touchdown run later in the 3rd quarter.
In the 4th quarter, Carolina would convert on 3 field goals to Buffalo’s one and would have the lead at 23 -17, kicking off with just 1:38 left in the game.
In their no huddle, hurry up, two-minute offense, passing on every play, Buffalo marched the ball down field. Aided by a pass interference penalty negating a Colin Jones Interception, and following an EJ Manual scramble for 9 yards on 3rd and 6, Buffalo scored the game-tying touchdown on a two yard pass from Manual to Stevie Johnson with just two seconds left on the clock. The extra point sealed the comeback and last second victory for the Bills. Not a huge come-from-behind win, but a spectacular last second finish to an exciting game.
TENNESSEE VS HOUSTON
As the Week 1 winner of the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award, Houston is making a habit at winning games in which they trailed. Last week, the Texans had to overcome a 21 point deficit for their victory over the San Diego Chargers; this week their comeback was from a pedestrian 8 points.
Houston took an early lead, scoring on the first possession of the game aided by a 60 yard Ben Tate gallop around left end and culminating with a Matt Schaub to Garrett Graham 1 yard touchdown pass.
Not to be outdone, Tennessee struck right back on their first possession ending it with a Jake Locker to Kendall Wright 6 yard touchdown pass.
After such an exciting start to the game, both teams’ offenses stalled the remainder of the 1st half until Tennessee connected on a Rob Bironas 47 yard field goal at the end of the half for a 10 – 7 lead.
Houston would take the lead back in the 3rd quarter on a Schaub to Owen Daniels, 12 yard touchdown pass.
As the 4th quarter started, Houston challenged a ruling on the spot of the ball following a Tennessee rushing attempt from their own 1 yard line and the ruling was reversed resulting in a Tennessee safety and a 16 – 10 lead for the Texans.
When the Titans next got the ball back, they went on a 9 play, 94 yard drive, scoring a touchdown on a Locker to Delanie Walker 10 yard pass. The extra point put the Titans up by 1 at 17 – 16.
When, on their next possession, Matt Schaub was intercepted by Alterraun Verner who returned it for a 23 yard touchdown, Houston found itself trailing by 8 points with just under 5 minutes left in the game. But, as noted before, 8 points is just a one score deficit.
A couple of possessions later Houston scored on an Arian Foster 1 yard plunge and lined up for the possible, game-tying two point conversion. Handing the ball off to Foster once again, the Texans were successful on the attempt and the score was tied at 24 with 1:53 left in regulation.
After holding the Titans to a three and out, the Texans got the ball back with 57 ticks left on the clock and moved to within field goal range. The 46 yard Randy Bullock field goal attempt bounced off of the left upright and the teams were headed to overtime.
Houston received the overtime kickoff and marched down field to a game winning 3 yard Schaub to DeAndre Hopkins touchdown pass to secure their second in a row, Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.
DETROIT VS ARIZONA
After feeling each other out in the first quarter, Arizona was the first team to put points on the scoreboard with a 47 yard field goal by Jay Feely early in the 2nd quarter.
That lead, however, was short lived as Detroit came right back with a quick strike, 72 yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson on the pursuing possession.
The Cardinals would then take the lead right back on their own, long touchdown pass of 36 yards from Carson Palmer to Andre Ellington.
The see-saw scoring would continue on Detroit’s next possession, but this time it was the result of a sustained drive ending with another Palmer to Johnson touchdown strike from 3 yards out.
The two teams then got off the see-saw and entered halftime with Detroit leading 14 – 10.
Early in the 3rd quarter, Detroit gave Arizona a gift when Stafford fumbled and Arizona’s Calais Campbell recovered at the Detroit 7 yard line. Arizona could not punch the ball in, however, and had to settle for a Jay Feely 23 yard field goal.
On Arizona’s next possession, they returned the favor and gave Detroit a gift of their own – this one an interception by DeAndre Levy returned for a 66 yard touchdown and an 8 point Lion’s lead at 21 – 13.
Arizona started whittling away at that lead with a 43 yard Jay Feely field goal followed by a 33 yarder early in the 4th quarter to bring the Cardinals to within 2 at 21 – 19.
The Cardinals blocked a Detroit field goal attempt to stay within 2 and then scored on a 1 yard Rashard Mendenhall run to take the lead at the two minute warning mark.
Detroit failed to mount a drive on their last possession, throwing an incomplete pass on 4th and 4 and the Cardinal had secured the victory, coming back from 8 points down, to share the Week 2 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.
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Week 1 – Winner
Houston coming from 21 behind to beat San Diego 31 -28. (To read the Week 1 article, click here.)