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Dungy criticizes OT play-calling

By Marla Published: November 15, 2010

Former Colts coach Tony Dungy said Browns coach Eric Mangini appeared to get cold feet on the Browns' final series in overtime Sunday in a 26-20 loss to the New York Jets.

On NBC's ''Football Night in America'' pregame show, Dungy took issue with the Browns attempting a pass to tight end Ben Watson on first down from their 3 yard line, then running Peyton Hillis on second down.

Dungy didn't second-guess going for the victory, but didn't like the way the Browns tried.

"That’s my problem with it,'' Dungy said. "If you’re going to try to go for the win, get those wide receivers in there and play ball… I’m not sure what they were trying to do. It looked like they went back and forth, try to win, try to run the clock out. They did neither one.''

Former NFL defensive back Rodney Harrison agreed with Dungy.

''If you look at the way they played against New Orleans and the Patriots, they were very aggressive taking shots down the field. All of a sudden, now, you get into one of the most critical parts of the game ... (and) they want to run the ball on second down. It looked like he kind of got nervous.''

Dungy praised Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez for the way he finished the game despite suffering a calf injury late in the third quarter.

''My big winner is the New York Jets going 5-0 on the road and getting that big overtime win. But Mark Sanchez, specifically,'' Dungy said. "He played great after getting hurt. He let them know, ‘You can count on me, guys.’''

Co-host Dan Patrick and Harrison also commented on former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, who led the San Francisco 49ers to victory over St. Louis in his second start with the 49ers. The former Heisman Trophy winner got his chance when starter Alex Smith suffered a shoulder injury.

''I think they found their quarterback and his name is Smith. But it’s not Alex, it’s Troy,'' Patrick said.

''I like San Francisco and what they did today, winning in overtime. A renewed sense of energy since they have a new quarterback in Troy Smith,'' Harrison said. "They’re able to run the ball with Frank Gore. I like San Francisco to win this division.''

Dungy wasn't so sure about that prediction.

''Wow, win the division. You’re like Jed York,'' Dungy said, referring to the 49ers president. "Troy Smith has given them a big boost though.''



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