If Colts coach Chuck Pagano was coaching for his job, he’s got a funny way of showing it.
Not only should the Colts never run that play again, they should have a ceremony during which that play is removed from the playbook and burned and the ashes should be moved out of town in a Mayflower van under cover of darkness.
That play, of course, is the ridiculous fourth-down fake punt (I guess) call in which the Colts tried to get cute, shifted nine guys to the right, and Griff Whalen snapped the ball and immediately proved unable to block two guys.
Of course it didn’t work, and of course the Patriots immediately took advantage, with Tom Brady turning a close game into a 13-point edge in the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass to LeGarrette Blount
It’s hard to know what the Colts were trying to accomplish, unless it was to get everyone fired in the most ridiculous way possible. If that was the case, it might have worked.
Pagano seemed genuinely confused by why Whalen snapped the ball. And it might have been a mental error on his part, but so was installing such a monstrosity. The explanation for this one should be interesting.