Colts lose their minds, and chance they had to pull off win

AP

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.

66 responses to “Colts lose their minds, and chance they had to pull off win

  1. I think the best defense is to say it was a glitch in the Matrix and it put the o-line in the wrong place.

  2. I want to see the page from the playbook with the X’s and O’s and hear the explanation for how they thought it would work.

    I’m still laughing about it.

  3. Best part of that play was that they still drew a penalty for screwing up the formation.

    #readtherulebook
    #soinyourhead

  4. Pagano declined an extension because he wanted to bet on himself…well, Chuck, you were at 12 and were dealt a 10…you just busted….nice knowing you…

  5. Patriots strategy let’s keep it close and maybe the Colts won’t whine and cry and make something up about cheating to justify their ineptness.

  6. Um. Was that an attempted coup by the players? Only explanation I can muster for, uh, whatever that was lol.

  7. The nonsense of this play is second only to Lane Kiffin’s 70 yard field goal. And the reasonable consequence of nonsense play calling could be the same for Chuck Pagano

  8. It’s was a combination of piped in crowd noise, Irsay ‘s medicine cabinet and Pagano’s wanting to get himself fired to get away from the Irsay-Grigson freak show that created and executed that play.

  9. They tried to out-patriot the patriots.

    I hate them, but gotta respect them…the colts sure made a simple fake/whatever that seem REAL challenging. Something the pats would have executed to perfection.

  10. That was one critical play. But the bad call on the onside kick really hurt as well. That cost the Colts some points. Add to both plays, that Luck is obviously not 100% and the Colts could have definitely won this one.

  11. The Colts are a special type of stupid, you can clearly see they were trying way to hard and then ended being way too dumb. On another note i got tired of Al and his guy going on and on about that deflate nonsense, its done, its over…Lets move on.

  12. That was a dumb play but thats not why they lost….Luck is just not a good QB right now….he missed 7-9 open receivers tonight, was it his shoulder? who knows but the old man could have kept the game close if they started him, he would have done better tonight…..The D played as well as expected and even scored…no help from Luck cost them…..

  13. Never mind “why did he snap it???” ….. the dumbest part of that play was that no matter WHAT happened, it was doomed to fail simply because it was DESIGNED with not enough men on the line of scrimmage!

    Monumentally STUPID.

  14. lawl, subtract the getting cute plays and it would have been a game. Pats clearly knew to play a straight game and let the Colts freak out and shoot themselves in the foot.

  15. Loved that folks in the stands wearing deflated footballs on their heads were presented with that play. Only thing missing were the clown noses all around.

  16. Ok, I’m girl and I even knew you had to have so many men on the line of scrimmage. I don’t get that play at all.

  17. louiedogg16 says:
    Oct 18, 2015 11:55 PM
    lawl, subtract the getting cute plays and it would have been a game. Pats clearly knew to play a straight game and let the Colts freak out and shoot themselves in the foot.

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    But if you take out the cute plays, you also have to take out the fluky pick 6 that kept this close in the first place.

  18. PFT needs to find the video of when Washington ran a similar play a few years ago. It worked just as well.

  19. Pagano wants to be an AD at Michigan?
    Because he protected the UM punter this weekend with calling that 4th down play, more than the efforts of the actual AD.

  20. from here on, all bonehead plays will now be called pagano’s. , example: seattle would have been superbowl champs but pete carroll paganoed a pass play.

  21. pats played like crap,colts are in it for most of the game and then this brainfaht….this was even better than blowing them out by 40 points

  22. The only thing more shocking than that play, was that Collinsworth didn’t somehow find a way to make it seem like a smart move. When it comes to the Patriots, it’s as if he is watching a different game. How does he have time to talk when he has the collective junk of the Pats opponent in his mouth?

  23. The Colts must be setting them up for a similar but legal variation on this formation when they meet the Patriots in the playoffs. Please tell me that’s what you were doing, Colts?

  24. We ran that play 40 years ago in HS. We called it the “Chineze Wall”, but were smart enough to at least put the QB in shotgun and have him immediately throw it to the RB behind the O linemen. It never worked there either. We did it during the game, not on a punt.

  25. Colts…don’t try to make me forget the “Butt Fumble”!!!!!!

    It will take something like this to do it!

    Pigano trying to act like Belichick…..you’ve gotta love that!

    Snitches get stitches.

  26. varangia says:
    Oct 18, 2015 11:44 PM
    That was one critical play. But the bad call on the onside kick really hurt as well. That cost the Colts some points. Add to both plays, that Luck is obviously not 100% and the Colts could have definitely won this one.

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    If we are playing this game… If Edelman didn’t have problems with his pinky that caused an INT for TD, if Chandler wasn’t called for OPI at the end of the 2 QRT, if Gronk didn’t step outside after the onside kick, this game would’ve been a blowout.

  27. At least it was funny, and provided some relief from that formulaic tedium that is the Patriots playbook. I don’t care how much hardware they win, that is a team that only a frontrunner could love.

  28. Pats fans….seriously? This was your “revenge” game and you beat us by the touchdown that we gave you.

    Where are all the “Brady is going to hang 56 on the Colts” loudmouths now? Our admittedly crappy D didn’t let the all-mighty Brady have his way, they stopped them enough to call it more than a respectable effort.

    Congratulations on your win. It was a hard-fought game, spoiled by the single dumbest play call in the history of all sports combined.

  29. The Coaching Staff of the Colts set up this loss. The Colt’s Players went toe to toe with the Patriots. The Colts held the lead at halftime. The players understood the importance of this game.

    Then Pagano’s staff, trailing by 6 points, decided to get cute with a formation that was a penalty waiting to happen.

    Resulted in the Colts being down by two scores.

    What head coach lets that play see the light of day?
    I love you, Chuck, but who convinced you that 4th and 3 play made any sense?

    The Colts had a chance to win this game; but that 4 and three call (replacing a logical punt) put the Colts down two possessions.

    I have a lot of questions about the coaching staff now. What were you thinking? Did you even consider the Colts might have a chance to win?

    I hate to look to Irsay to get it. He’s a good man with problems. I am not sure that he understands when it is time to cut bait.

  30. This play is best enjoyed and appreciated by watching it with Benny Hill music playing in the background.

    Pigano’s look of absolute bewilderment on the sidelines after that play channels a unique kind of head coaching moment of haplessness so bad I can’t find a comparison but it’s out there.

    Joe Bugel, maybe? Wade Phillips? Wayne Fontes? Dick McPherson?

    Seriously I can’t think of a good comparison. Help me out!

  31. varangia says:
    Oct 18, 2015 11:44 PM
    That was one critical play. But the bad call on the onside kick really hurt as well. That cost the Colts some points. Add to both plays, that Luck is obviously not 100% and the Colts could have definitely won this one.
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    Despite what Collinsworth thinks, and he kept after this the whole game, the Pats recovered. The refs saw into the pile, declared it Pats ball then after it’s over a Colt jumps up with the ball.

  32. Wonder if they borrowed that play from the Ravens playbook. Ravens have been trying to get trickier too, and we know how they discuss losing to the Patriots. Makes a Pats fan if Harbaugh set Pagano up for a good laugh “hey try this” wink wink

  33. Wonder if they got that play from the Ravens book of trickery. Pats fans know how Pagano and Harbaugh like to chat . John,,”hey chucky boy try this play” chucky ,,,”ok John think it`ll work?” as a crap eating grin comes over Harbaugh`s face “sure chucky”

  34. I think the colts just like losing to the Patriots, hope they practice that play this week, it is a real addition to the colts dog and pony show.

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