Andy Reid on fake punt: “We’ll always try to stay aggressive”

AP

One of the head-scratching plays in the Eagles’ loss to the Bears on Monday night was a failed fake punt on which Philadelphia’s Chas Henry threw a terrible pass. That play was ugly, but Eagles coach Andy Reid defended the decision to try it.

Reid noted that Colt Anderson was wide open on the play, and that it could have given the Eagles a huge gain.

“He was uncovered,” Reid said. “We tried to throw him the ball, but obviously it didn’t work. We’ll always try to stay aggressive.”

In hindsight Reid obviously wishes Henry had just punted the ball, but he’s right to defend the aggressive decision: It could have been a big play for Philadelphia.

At the time of the fake punt, the Eagles trailed 27-24 with nine and a half minutes to play and were at the Bears’ 42-yard line. If Henry’s pass had been completed, the Eagles easily would have moved into field goal range and likely tied the score, if not taken the lead.

As it turned out, the Bears took over at the 42 and went on an 11-play drive that took five and a half minutes off the clock, forced the Eagles to burn two timeouts, and ended with a field goal that gave the Bears their winning margin of 30-24. That fake punt may have been the difference in the game.

Too bad Henry can’t throw.

40 responses to “Andy Reid on fake punt: “We’ll always try to stay aggressive”

  1. How about you always try to be prepared instead. Why are you 13-0 after a bye but can’s seem to have the team ready on a normal week?

    Hopefully this is the last year we have to deal with Reid!

  2. Imagine how time consuming the Bears drive would have been had the Eagles punted. I can’t stand the Eagles, but I like gutsy play calling.

  3. Per Mike Quick on their radio broadcast, he watched them try this same play in practice a number of times and it never worked. So, King Andy, what would make you think that it would work in a real game with real pressure on your rookie punter who, for all I know, never attempted something like this in college? Oh, that’s right because King Andy is smarter than everyone else.

    To quote Homer Simpson ‘I am so smart. S-M-R-T.’ Times yours, but hopefully not for long.

  4. Why wouldn’t you try on a wide open man? The bigger mystery is why those guys were not covered.

  5. Difference in the game? How about the BS call on Jason Babin at the end of the first half that extended a touchdown drive? How about a terrible game from DeSean Jackson who is paid what he is worth? This game falls squarely on the shoulders of the players.

  6. One would imagine the punter practiced this a few times. That throw tells me he didn’t, or got a case of the jitters on the big stage. One or the other. But if the pass is on time and the Eagles take it in for the lead, Reid will be called a genious today.

  7. Just Andy being Andy with his gimmick plays again. Somethings never change.

    3-5 Let me guess what he’ll say, “I need to do a better job”. No Andy, you need to find a new job.

  8. Andy Reid on fake punt: “We’ll always try to stay aggressive”
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    -if only he could get his team to be as aggressive on the field as he is at the golden corral buffet.

  9. bobbyhoying says: Nov 8, 2011 7:26 AM

    Difference in the game? How about the BS call on Jason Babin at the end of the first half that extended a touchdown drive?
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    Non-reviewable call, and you can’t tell me that YOU would have made the correct call in “real time”. Even watching at home, with multiple camera angles, that played had to be watched twice at slo-mo. It may have been the wrong call, but I’ve seen WAY worse officiating.

  10. When looking at questionable play calls, here is what should be considered before knocking the coach:

    1. Was it planned?

    I think it’s safe to say this play was planned and practiced. Clearly someone saw something on tape because not only was someone open, but the punter knew who would be open.

    2. Was the timing right?

    This is opinion, but I would argue yes. The downside here was very minimal. The alternative is punting and trying to stop Forte from wasting time. It’s a no win situation, but I think if you’re ever going to try a play like that, that was the time.

    3. Did the players execute?

    No. Obviously the target was open, and the punter (who apparently has played QB before) just botched the throw. Unlike the Patriots infamous “4th and 2” play (in which the pass was completed, so the play was executed) this was just a case of poor player execution.

    4. Besides not calling the play, is there anything a coach could have done to improve the play?

    Possibly. To know this, you need to know how much they practiced this play. If they had run it a couple times in practice, I would say they should have had that punter get a little more familiar with the play. But for all I know, they ran it a hundred times, and each time was perfect, and the punter just chocked.

    5. Did the play cost them the game?

    Definitely not. They had several chances after this play, and several chances before to not be in that situation. Not to keep picking on this play, but this isn’t as cut and dry as the “4th and 2” play. This certainly didn’t help, but it alone did not cost the Eagles the game.

  11. If you don’t have the personnel to execute correctly, don’t run the play. As we saw last night, this man cannot throw.

  12. minkytails says:
    Nov 8, 2011 7:10 AM

    Imagine how time consuming the Bears drive would have been had the Eagles punted. I can’t stand the Eagles, but I like gutsy play calling.
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    Exactly. There’s a good chance it would have been a touchback if he actually punted it. I can’t argue with the call, just the execution.

  13. bobbyhoying says:
    Nov 8, 2011 7:26 AM

    Difference in the game? How about the BS call on Jason Babin at the end of the first half that extended a touchdown drive? How about a terrible game from DeSean Jackson who is paid what he is worth? This game falls squarely on the shoulders of the players.
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    Desean gift wrapped 3 points for the Bears. The refs said “why don’t you make it 7?”.

  14. Good Call.
    Really poor execution. Wide open. He was wide open. Its easy to be a Tuesday morning QB on this one.

  15. THis better be the last year we have to pretend DeSean Jackson is a good WR. His one trick pony act is old and he has lost a step. Time to focus on getting Steve Smith re-upped and cutting ties on DJ.
    He pulled a Ricky Waters last night and showed why he is not worthy a bigtime contract.

  16. Dream Dream Dream When I fell blue all I have to do is wish I wore blue.

    Right now week 11 looks like it might be the Giants playing for home Field in the playoffs.

    And Andrew Luck may be stuck in Philly

  17. >If you don’t have the personnel to execute correctly, don’t run the play.

    Good advice. Also, if you don’t have good LBs, don’t run the Wide 9.

  18. Nnamdi Asomugha, DRC and Asante Samuel looked very, very ordinary in this game. Whatever Philly is paying these guys, it’s way too much. The Bears have a pedestrian receiving group, at best, and they looked like All Pros out there against the Philly secondary.

  19. Never trust a guy named “Chas” to throw a football!! Jackson sucks as a wr. All he can do is run a fly route and when teams take that away he’s done for the night. The rest of the NFC would like you to resign him please!!

  20. One would have to think that the Eagles had practiced that play and Reid was convinced that Henry could make that throw, rather than do his best Donovan McNabb imitation and throw it into the ground 4 feet in front of the receiver. Of course, we don’t know if Colt Anderson would have caught it, even if the pass had been dead on target.

  21. We’re talking about the fake punt…so how is this in any way Reid’s fault?!

    It was the right call…player didn’t execute it. Whether it had worked or not…it was a brilliant.

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