Marty Mornhinweg Talks About Taking the Wind

Former Lions coach and current Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is famous for his dumbfounding decision to take the wind in an overtime game against the Bears back in November 2002. Although it was very windy, Detroit won the toss and should have elected to receive. Instead, the Lions decided to pick the side with the wind. The move backfired, the Lions lost, and soon after, Mornhinweg was fired. Saying that he wants to someday be a head coach again, Mornhnweg defended his decision to take the wind.

He remains convinced that he made the right decision. The Bears were driving against the wind, with their backup quarterback (Jim Miller), and neither team had scored going against the wind that afternoon.

No matter.

Chicago marched downfield and won the game on Paul Edinger's 40-yard field goal. Criticism of Mornhinweg came from every corner imaginable.

Four months after the game, an ESPN.com Page 2 ranking of the 10 worst coaching decisions in sports placed Mornhinweg's call third.

"The people who were there and know all the information ... know that it was the right call," Mornhinweg said. "It was the right call then, it's the right call now, and it's the right call 10 years from now."

Mornhinweg can analyze and dissect this from all angles for the next 10 years, but it will never be the right call. In a sudden death overtime, regardless of the wind, you take the ball. That gives your team the opportunity to win the game. Giving the ball to the other team puts them in position to win and puts you at a disadvantage. Sure, the stats were in your favor, but that doesn't mean anything when you take the field.

I imagine Mornhinweg will get another opportunity to be a head coach someday, but here in Detroit, he will always be known as Marty Moron-weg due to that absolutely dumb call back in 2002.

(HT: Highlight Reel)

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