Deferring doesn't make sense

Jets, Dolphins hindered by coaches' preference to give opponents first dibs

Originally Published: January 26, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

My latest pet peeve is coaches who defer the opening kickoff after winning the coin toss.

Jets coach Rex Ryan and Dolphins coach Tony Sparano are the league's biggest proponents of the strategy. What I can't figure out is why. Ryan did it eight times during the regular season and he ended up with the second-lowest first-quarter scoring totals in football. He tried it in the AFC title game at Heinz Field, and Ben Roethlisberger took it right back at Ryan with a nine-minute drive that resulted ...

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