By Rich Tandler
Is the coin toss choice really an edge?
Yesterday we looked at comments that Mike Shanahan made regarding the decision he has made to defer every time the Redskins have won the toss this year. He said that research says that teams that defer win 60 percent of the time.
While Iím not going to dispute the 60 percent number, there may be some confusion as to cause and effect there. For example, Bill Belichick likes to defer to the second half if the Patriots win the toss. I suspect that the Patriotsí impressive winning percentage has a lot more to do with Tom Brady and very little to do with when the Patriots kick off and receive.
We have way too small a sample size to draw any conclusions about the efficacy of the decision to defer but hereís a game by game look at the coin toss and what happened on the opening and second-half kickoffs in each of the Redskins games this year.
@ NO: Saints on the toss, received. Went three and out gaining no yards. Redskins took second half kickoff and drove 77 yards in six plays to a touchdown.
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