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Subject: “Coach” play session: The Designer versus The Coach rss

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Richard Partin
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This game was played in September of 2013 in Champaign, Ill., between my father, Al Partin, a retired college football coach, and Angelo Porazzi, the designer of the game and formerly the top-rated quarterback in Italy. Al began his coaching career as an assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and continued as a head coach at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., where he also served as offensive line coach until his retirement in 1983. As of now (November 2013) he is 91 years old.

Angelo taught him the game as they played. There were some issues with terminology in the extra four play cards for offense and defense: for example, for “Blitz”, to the designer that is primarily a run prevention defense, whereas to Coach Partin it means primarily pass defense. But as the game played out they discussed these different interpretations (the same applied to the “Prevent” call) and Coach Partin began adjusting his play calls to actual outcomes of the game engine.

They played what amounted to a quarter and a half, if we use a timing system in which a run or completed pass (there are no out-of-bounds plays in “Coach”) counts for 30 seconds, and incomplete passes, scores or changes of possession (there are no penalties, a conscious decision by the designer) count for 15 seconds.

The following is a play-by-play description of the game between Coach Partin (San Francisco 49ers) and Coach Porazzi (Green Bay Packers).

Green Bay kicked off to San Francisco: the 49ers fielded the ball at the 5-yard line and returned it to the 30.

SF- 1st down – A dive run for a 2-yard gain to the 32, 2nd and 8
2nd down – A halfback flare for a 6-yard gain to the 38, 3rd and 2.
3rd down – A draw play for an 8-yard gain to the 46, 1st and 10.
1st down – Wide receiver-in pass, complete for 15 yards to the Packers 39, 1st down
1st down – A Fly Pass, complete for 25 yards to the Packers 14, 1st down.
1st down – A fullback dive for a 2-yard gain to the Packers 12, 2nd and 8.
2nd down – A halfback dive for a 2-yard gain to the Packers 10, 3rd and 6
3rd down – A draw play for a 3-yard gain to the Packers 7, 4th and 3.
4th down – 24-yard field goal attempt, good: San Francisco 3, Green Bay 0, 10:30, 1st quarter

San Francisco kicks off to Green Bay – touchback (ball to the 25).

GB - 1st down – Wide receiver-in pass, incomplete, 2nd and 10.
2nd down – Tight end-out pass, complete for 55 yards to the 49ers 20, 1st down.
1st down – Wide receiver-in pass, incomplete, 2nd and 10.
2nd down – Tight end-out pass, complete for a gain of 4 to the 49ers 16-yard line, 3rd and 6.
3rd down – Tight end/in-out pass, incomplete, 4th and 6
4th down – Wide receiver post pass, incomplete; ball over on downs at 49ers 16 yard-line.

SF - 1st down – Fullback flare run for 22 yards, fumble recovered by offense, 1st down at the 49ers 38.
1st down – (No action) pass complete for no gain, 2nd and 10.
2nd down – Play action fly pass, incomplete, 3rd and 10.
3rd down – Draw play for 0 yards, 4th and 10.
4th down – 49ers punt: 40 yards, return of 15 to the Packers 37 yard-line.

GB - 1st down – Reverse, 63-yard touchdown run, 6-3, PAT good, Green Bay 7, San Francisco 3, 6:15 1st quarter.

Green Bay kicks off to San Francisco: touchback, ball to 49ers 25.

SF - 1st down – Fullback flare, 2-yard gain to 27 yard-line, 2nd and 8.
2nd down – Halfback dive, 2-yard loss, to 25 yard-line, 3rd and 10.
3rd down – (No action) pass, complete for a 7-yard gain to the 32 yard-line, 4th and 3.
4th down – Punt: 20 yards, no return, to the Packers 48.

GB - 1st down – Reverse, 16-yard gain to the 49ers 36, 1st down.
1st down – Wide receiver-in, incomplete, 2nd down and 10.
2nd down – Tight end-out, incomplete, 3rd down and 10.
3rd down – Reverse, 30-yard gain to the 49ers 6, 1st down.
1st down – Tight end in/out pass, complete for a 3-yard gain to the Packers 3, 2nd down and goal at the 3.
2nd down – Tight end-out pass, complete for a 3-yard touchdown, 13-3, PAT good, Green Bay 14, San Francisco 3, 1:45 first quarter.

Green Bay kicks off to San Francisco: touchback, ball to 49ers 25.

SF - 1st down – Reverse, 2-yard gain to the 27, 2nd of 8.
2nd down – Halfback dive, 9-yard gain to the 36, 1st down
1st down – Fullback flare, 2-yard gain, to the 38, 2nd down and 8.
2nd down – Halfback sweep, 35-yard gain to the Packers 27-yard line, fumble lost, recovered by Green Bay at its own 25-yard line.

GB - 1st down – Wide receiver-in pass, incomplete, 2nd and 10.
2nd down – Tight end-out pass, complete for 11 yards, to the Packers 36, 1st down.
1st down – Wide receiver post corner pass, complete for 12 yards, fumbled recovered at spot of fumble, 1st down at the Packers 48.
1st down – Play action fly pass, incomplete, 2nd and 10.
2nd down – Wide receiver-in pass, incomplete, 3rd and 10.
3rd down – Reverse for a 20-yard gain to the 49ers 32, 1st down.
1st down – Wide receiver-in pass, incomplete, 2nd and 10.
2nd down – Wide receiver hook fly pass, intercepted by San Francisco at its own 7-yard line.

SF - 1st down – Fullback flare for an 8-yard gain, to the 49ers 15, 2nd and 3.
2nd down – Quarterback dive for a 2-yard gain, to the 49ers 17, 1st down.
1st down – Fullback flare for a 1-yard gain, to the 49ers 18, 2nd and 9.
2nd down – Reverse for a 9-yard gain, to the 49ers 27, 1st down.
1st down – Quarterback is sacked for a 4-yard loss to the 49ers 23, 2nd and 14.
2nd down – Bomb pass, incomplete, 3rd and 14.
3rd down – Halfback flare for a gain of 0 yards, 4th and 14.
4th down – San Francisco punts: 60 yard punt to the Packers 17, the ball is fumbled there and recovered by San Francisco.

SF - 1st down – Halfback flare for a gain of 12, to the Packers 5 yard-line, 1st down.
1st down – Fullback dive for a gain of 1, to the Packers 4-yard line, 2nd and goal at the 4.
2nd down – Quarterback sweep for a 4-yard touchdown run, 14-9, PAT good, Green Bay 14, San Francisco 10, 7:45 2nd quarter.

That’s where they adjourned. It was a very interesting battle of two football minds.


Stats

Plays - SF (29), GB (21)
FD - SF (7), GB (5)
Rush Yds - SF (130), GB (129)
Pass Yds - SF (43), GB (88)
Tot Yds - SF (173), GB (217)
Rush/Avg - SF (22/5.9) GB (4/32.3)
Pass Att - SF (7), GB (17)
Pass Com - SF (4), GB (6)
Yds/Att - SF (6.1), GB (4.9)
Interc'd - SF (0), GB (1)
T-Downs - SF (0), GB (1)
QB sacked - SF (1), GB (0)
Fum/Lost - SF (2/1), GB (1/1)
FGA/FG - SF (1-1), GB (0-0)

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Angelo Porazzi
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Great report Rick: the picture of this night knowing "Coach Al Partin" is here http://warangel.it/USA13.htm
Playing COACH with all of you BGG friends there in the USA is one of my best memories Here in Italy we have now a good coverage of NFL matches and it is so nice to remember football fields we have seen with our eyes
 
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The reverse play seemed like a very powerful weapon. Why did it have so much success?
 
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