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Call for Colts Brissett to throw Hail Mary instead of Luck was obvious, correct, and beyond debate

Down four points on the Eagles 46 with five seconds left, Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich sent back-up quarterback Jacoby Brissett into the game to throw a Hail Mary.  He did it because Brissett has a stronger arm than Andrew Luck.

It’s that simple.

Hail Marys are best delivered to the back of the end zone.  If thrown from the Eagles 40-45 to the end line, the football needed to travel 65-70 yards.  Brissett is capable of throwing the ball that far.  Luck is not.

Immediately after the game, there was a flurry of tweets questioning the move – as though the intent wasn’t obvious and the rationale sound.  Brissett can throw it 70 yards.  Luck cannot. (more…)

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