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Week 9 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award Winner

Last week, I wrote about the potential of football teams (and businesses) having to have succession plans for replacing their head coaches due to illness or other reasons.  Lo and behold, just days after posting that blog article, Denver’s Head Coach, John Fox was hospitalized due to a heart condition while playing golf on their off week and Houston’s Head Coach, Gary Kubiak required sideline medical assistance for what is now being called a mild stroke at halftime during the Sunday Night nationally televised game.  Both teams are currently being led by an interim head coach.  Now, I am not saying I prophesied these events, but the timing was rather eerie, don’t you agree?  My wife says I was the cause of their suffering.

Maybe, with such power, I should predict that someone will post a comment on one of my blog articles – now, if that would only come true, I think I would faint!

WEEK 9 RECAP

For the second week in row, a full 6 NFL teams had the week off, enjoying a mid-season bye.  Of the 13 games played this week, 9 of them were won by teams that trailed at one point or another in the game.  Of the four games in which the winner never trailed, 3 were won by the home team.  Also, of those 4 games, 3 were won by 14 or more points.  The Cleveland Browns were the only team to win by less than one score, without ever trailing in the game.

Of the 9 come-from-behind games, 8 of them were won by 7 points or less.  The Buffalo Bills were the only team to overcome a deficit to win by more than one score.  Five of the come-from-behind victories were achieved by the home team and 4 by the visiting team.

Two teams overcame deficits of 18 points or more to, amazingly, secure their victories – and, both games ended in an identical 27 – 24 score.  The Indianapolis Colts overcame an 18 point deficit to defeat the Houston Texans in the game the included that scary incident with Houston’s Head Coach on the sideline (talked about in the opening paragraph) and the Seattle Seahawks overcame a 21 point deficit to keep the Tampa Bay Buccaneers searching for their first win of the season.  Seattle’s amazing 21 point come-from-behind victory earns them the Week 9 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award and makes them our 3rd two-time recipient of this award.

TAMPA BAY VS SEATTLE

TB SEAIt was Week 9 in the NFL and Tampa Bay was still looking for their first win of the season.  Going 3,000+ miles across the country to play the NFC West leading Seattle Seahawks didn’t seem like a likely scenario to achieve this end.  But, on any given Sunday, right?

Well, the Buccaneers did win something … they won the coin toss and deferred their choice to the second half.  Seattle promptly took the opening kick-off and proceeded to march down field, just as scripted.  But, when the Buccaneers intercepted a Russell Wilson pass at the Tampa Bay 11 yard line, you got the sense that this game might not be that easy for the home-standing Seahawks.

Neither team could get anything else going in the 1st quarter, but the Buccaneers started the 2nd quarter in the middle of an impressive drive, which they concluded with a 12 yard touchdown pass from Mike Glennon to Tim Wright.

Tampa Bay then showed that they were willing to do anything to secure their first victory and recovered an on-sides kickoff attempt.  Luckily for the Seahawks, there was a yellow flag on the field indicating Tampa Bay was off-sides and the Buccaneers had to re-kick, which they did the conventional way.

After Tampa Bay prevented the Seahawks from moving the ball, the Buccaneers went on another touchdown drive, culminating with a 20 yard Glennon pass to Tiquan Underwood, giving Tampa Bay a 14 – 0 lead.  This time, the following kickoff was fumbled by Jermaine Kearse and recovered by Tampa Bay’s Michael Koenen at the Seattle 31.  Glennon connected with Wright on a 27 yard pass and the ball was moved 2 yards closer to the goal line on an unnecessary roughness penalty by the Seahawks.  Once again, the Buccaneers showed that they were willing to pull out all stops and ran a rather unusual half-back dive, jump pass for a 2 yard touchdown from Mike James to Tim Crabtree and the usually loud Seattle crowd was stunned to see the scoreboard showing Tampa Bay 21, Seattle 0.  On any given Sunday, right?

Now, I realize this is not the College Football blog, but, to quote Lee Corso, “Not so fast”.

Seattle was happy to settle for a touchback on this kickoff and with just 2:16 left in the half, aided by a long pass interference penalty, the Seahawks moved the ball 80 yards on 4 plays ending in a Wilson to Kearse 16 yard touchdown pass to make the score somewhat respectable at half – Tampa Bay 21, Seattle 7.

Tampa Bay drove the ball down field on their first, second half possession, close enough for a Rian Lindell 33 yard field goal to extend their lead to 24 – 7.  But, Seattle answered with their second long drive of the day and a Wilson touchdown end-around run to bring the Seahawks to within 10 points.

Now, the Seattle crowd was finding its voice again.

After stymying the Tampa Bay offense, Golden Tate returned a Buccaneer punt for 71 yards to the Tampa Bay 25 yard line.  And, two plays into the 4th quarter, Steve Haushcka kicked a 36 yard field goal to put Seattle within a touchdown of the struggling Buccaneers at 24 – 17.

On Seattle’s next possession, it looked like they were going to tie things up, but when Tampa Bay’s Keith Tandy intercepted Wilson’s pass attempt from just 3 yards out, you thought maybe, just maybe, this might be Tampa Bay’s any given Sunday.  But, Seattle had time for one more drive.

Seattle took possession of the ball again with just over 6:00 left in the game and drove down field for the game-tying touchdown on a Wilson to Doug Baldwin 10 yard pass.  When Tampa Bay failed to score on their last possession, the now louder than ever Seattle crowd was ready for overtime.

Tampa Bay won again … the coin toss, that is … and started the overtime period on offense.  But after a quick 3 and out, including a 3rd down sack back at the Tampa Bay 16 yard line, Seattle’s offense was in possession of the ball at their own 40.  After moving the ball down field to the Tampa Bay 9, Seattle lined up for the game winning field goal on 2nd down.  The Hauschka kick was true and the Buccaneers would have to wait for some other any given Sunday to get their first win in 2013.

With the amazing 21 point come-from-behind victory, the Seattle Seahawks win their 2nd Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award.  Congratulations.

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

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Week 8 – Winners  (To read the Week 8 article, click here)

New England coming from 14 behind to beat Miami, 27 – 17.

Denver coming from 14 behind to beat Washington, 45 – 21.

 

Week 7 – Winner  (To read the Week 7 article, click here)

New York Jets coming from 11 behind to beat New England, 30 – 27.

 

Week 6 – Winner  (To read the Week 6 article, click here.)

Detroit coming from 10 behind to beat Cleveland, 31 – 17.

 

Week 5 – Winner  (To read the Week 5 article, click here.)

Denver coming from 14 behind to beat Dallas, 51 – 48.

 

Week 4 – Winner  (To read the Week 4 article, click here.)

Seattle coming from 17 behind to beat Houston, 23 – 20.

 

Week 3 – Winner  (To read the Week 3 article, click here.)

Cincinnati coming from 16 behind to beat Green Bay, 34 – 30.

 

Week 2 – Winners  (To read the Week 2 article, click here.)

Buffalo coming from 8 behind to beat Carolina, 24 – 23.

Houston coming from 8 behind to beat Tennessee, 30 – 24.

Arizona coming from 8 behind to beat Detroit, 25 -21.

 

Week 1 – Winner  (To read the Week 1 article, click here.)

Houston coming from 21 behind to beat San Diego, 31 -28.

Week 4 – Pro Football Crisis Management Award

Complacency is often the enemy of improving and expanding corporate crisis management programs.  It is not unusual to encounter management teams that say they do not need to review, exercise or practice their emergency response and business continuity programs because they did just fine during a recent business interruption event.  But, just like football teams cannot rest on their laurels; and, just like every new game presents new challenges and differing game situations, every business interruption event is different.  No matter how many victories you have encountered in your season, you still need to practice and you still need to prepare for your next opponent.  Same is true in crisis management planning.

This week is the first time we encounter an NFL team that was on the winning side of the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award appear on the wrong side of that honor.  The Houston Texans won our award outright in Week 1 and shared the title with two other teams in Week 2.  This week, they appeared to have a relatively easy victory under their belt, when the tide turned against them.  We are not saying that the Texans grew complacent – we are just suggesting, you never know.  Past success is not necessarily a prediction of future success.  Practice, practice, practice – and plan for the next crisis – not the one you recently experienced.

WEEK 4 RECAP

Week 4 in the NFL brought the first BYEs on the NFL schedule with Green Bay and Carolina getting an early break in their season.  Of the 15 games played this week, 9 games were won by teams that faced a deficit of some kind at one point or another in their game; 4 teams overcame double-digit deficits to ultimately win their contest.  Every one of the 6 games in which the winning team never trailed was won by the home team.

After winning a Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award 2 out of the first 3 weeks of the season, the Houston Texans found out what it feels like to be the team that gives up a relatively large lead in a losing effort.  Before the season comes to a close, we suspect there will be a few teams that end up on each side of our award one week or another.  And, for the second week in a row, it was a defensive score late in the game that helped the winning team secure our award.

SEATTLE VS HOUSTON

SEA HOUThe Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans were touted as two of the better teams in the NFL coming into this season.  The Seahawks had, so far, lived up to their pre-season hype coming into Houston at 3 – 0, while the Texans had fought and clawed their way to a 2 – 1 record.  The two wins were both the result of come-from-behind victories which earned them a Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award, and the loss was an embarrassing defeat to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3.  On paper, this was one of the more intriguing matchups of Week 4; on the field, it was one of the most exciting contests, although it looked like an easy victory early for the Texans.

The Seahawks looked like they were going to start this game the same way they had started their season; confident and in control.  After a Steven Hauschka 48 yard field goal on their first possession, Seattle had an early 3 – 0 lead which they would hold onto throughout the remainder of the 1st quarter.  Then, the 2nd quarter started and the Texans started to steamroll.

The Texan onslaught began on the very first play of the 2nd quarter; a Matt Schaub to Garrett Graham 31 yard touchdown pass, down the middle of the field.  Extra point, good – Houston 7, Seattle 3.  On Houston’s next possession, the touchdown pass was a 5 yarder from Schaub to Arian Foster out of the backfield.  Extra point, good – Houston 14, Seattle 3.  Houston’s next possession, which they started one play later after recovering a Marshawn Lynch fumble at the Seattle 19, resulted in a 22 yard Randy Bullock field goal – Houston 17 – Seattle 3.  And, on their next possession, another Bullock field goal, this one from 42 yards – Houston 20 – Seattle 3.  Luckily for Seattle, the gun fired ending the first half and killing the Houston momentum.

The Seattle comeback didn’t get started until late in the 3rd quarter when they pounced on a Houston fumble at the Texan’s 21 yard line.  Although the Seahawks failed to advance the ball and had to settle for a 39 yard Steven Hauschka field goal, the tide was turning and the comeback journey underway.

Seattle started the 4th quarter with the ball on their own 1 yard line.  Fourteen plays later, Marshawn Lynch ran the ball across the Texan’s goal line from 3 yards out and the Seahawks were back to within a touchdown of tying up the game.

It looked like the Seattle comeback might come up short when Russell Wilson’s pass was intercepted at the Houston 43 yard line with just over 5 minutes left in the game, but, for the second week in a row, a defensive score would help the comeback for our award winning team.  On this occasion it was a Richard Sherman interception and 58 yard touchdown return that knotted up the game at 20 – 20 late in the 4th quarter.

Seattle had battled back from a 17 point deficit and was sending the game into overtime.

Houston got the ball first in overtime, but failed to score.  Seattle did nothing with their first overtime possession and punted the ball back to the Texans.  With the defenses buckling down, Houston had to punt the ball back to Seattle with over half of the OT period in the books.

On Seattle’s second possession of OT, aided by a Houston unnecessary roughness penalty, the Seahawks moved the ball close enough for a Steven Hauschka 45 yard field goal attempt.  The ball is up … and good!  The Seahawks put the cap on their comeback; stay undefeated at 4 – 0; and, won the Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award for Week 4.  Oh, how exciting!

SAFE HARBOR CONSULTING

To learn more about how Safe Harbor Consulting can help you prepare for your greatest comeback, please visit our website at www.safeharborconsulting.biz; visit us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Safe-Harbor-Consulting/204353729604053; or, call us at (253) 509-0233.

Week 3 – Winner  (To read the Week 3 article, click here.)

Cincinnati coming from 16 behind to beat Green Bay 34 – 30

 

Week 2 – Winners  (To read the Week 2 article, click here.)

Buffalo coming from 8 behind to beat Carolina 24 – 23

Houston coming from 8 behind to beat Tennessee 30 – 24

Arizona coming from 8 behind to beat Detroit 25 -21

 

Week 1 – Winner  (To read the Week 1 article, click here.)

Houston coming from 21 behind to beat San Diego 31 -28