As in-game decisions go, this was a head scratcher.
With under two minutes remaining, trailing by seven and facing third-and-four at the Calgary 13-yard line with, Edmonton Eskimos head coach Jason Mass elected to kick a 20-yard field goal instead of going for it on third down.
The kick was good and cut the Calgary lead to 32-28 but the Eskimos still needed a touchdown to win the game.
Calgary registered one first down, then kicked it back to Edmonton with less than 20 seconds remaining on the clock. The Eskimos fumbled the ball away and quarterback Mike Reilly never saw the field again.
Maas’ decision was quickly savaged on Twitter.
It’s clear Jason Maas’s preference was to have Calgary in the Grey Cup 😜 https://t.co/zScADQyqoi
— Derek Taylor 🇨🇦🏈 (@DTonSC) November 20, 2017
I would not have guessed retired quarterback Jason Maas to be the coach who would take the ball out of his quarterback's hands but that is exactly what he did. Inexplicable decision
— Bruce McCurdy (@BruceMcCurdy) November 20, 2017
You HAVE to go for it there on 3rd + 4, Jason Maas. That's a ridiculous decision.
— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) November 20, 2017
— Shawn ReID (@8134ReID) November 20, 2017
So 3rd and 4. Miss it and still a 1 touchdown game. Kick a field goal. Still a 1 touchdown game. WTF Mass u should be fired. #Esks. 0 sense!!
— Leaking Oil (@leaking_oil) November 20, 2017
— Laura Stewart (@lstewy) November 20, 2017
Sorry, but that FG call was one of the worst coaching decisions you will ever see. When it mattered most, Jason Maas crapped his pants on national TV.
— Robin Brownlee (@Robin_Brownlee) November 20, 2017
Jason Maas has thrown a number of tirades on the sidelines this year. Now we’ll get to hear explain his rationale behind kicking a FG down 7 with less than 2 minutes left.
— Devin Heroux (@Devin_Heroux) November 20, 2017
Suitor openly wondering if Maas thought it was a 6 point game. I’m with him. The most absurd decision you’ll ever see kicking that FG.
— Bryan Hayes (@HayesTSN) November 20, 2017
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