Pat McAfee provides best explanation yet of fake punt fiasco

AP

Unfortunately, Colts coach Chuck Pagano is done talking about the fake punt fiasco that marred his team’s Sunday night game against the Patriots. Fortunately, Colts punter Pat McAfee isn’t.

Appearing on The Bob and Tom Show, McAfee offered the best explanation yet regarding the design of the play, the intended outcome, and the reason for the miscommunication that blew the whole thing up.

“The point of the play is a deception play,” McAfee said, via Colts.com. “So, you’re trying to manipulate the [opponent] into thinking they have to sub their defense back on. We are sprinting to the sideline in hopes to make the other team think we are subbing our offense back onto the field. So, when they think the offense is coming back on the field, your hope is that they think their defense has to come back on the field. . . . As soon as their defense comes back on the field, we snap it, steal five yards, and we get a first down. So there’s the intention of it. That’s the thought. . . .”

That was the thought, but there was a problem in the execution, due to an injury.

“The gunner who became the center all week was [safety] Clayton Geathers,” McAfee said. “Clayton Geathers gets injured in the second quarter. Insert Griff Whalen who had never done it before. So Griff Whalen is now the new center in a play he’s never practiced before.”

To make things worse, Whalen didn’t know that a wrinkle had been added to the play — an effort to draw the Patriots offside if they didn’t fall for the 12-man banana in he tailpipe.

“Last week [in practice], Griff is at the other end catching my punts,” McAfee said. “We added something to try and draw them offsides if they don’t do their substitution. Griff never got the heads up this was happening, because it’s not in the playbook. Stanford guy, reads the playbook, knows everything he has to do, but if he’s not there for an audible that’s added, he can’t know. . . .

“Griff has no idea we’re trying to draw the guy offsides because in the play it says if we get under center, snap it. So Colt Anderson is trying to draw a guy offsides to pick up an easy five yards. If not, we just don’t snap it. We take a delay of game.

“Griff goes, ‘His hands aren’t supposed to be on my ass. If I feel him right now, I’m supposed to snap it.’ So this is a 100 percent miscommunication. It’s literally a miscommunication.”

But a “miscommunication” implies an effort to communicate that somehow failed. In this case, the more accurate description would be a non-communication, because no one bothered to tell the replacement gunner/center that he shouldn’t snap the ball when he feels Anderson’s hands on his ass.

And from Whalen’s perspective, he did exactly what he had been told to do. He snapped the ball when he felt Anderson’s hands on Whalen’s ass. So of all the guys to blame, Whalen deserve the least of it. Actually, he deserves none of it.

McAfee separately confirmed to PFT that the plan was never to actually snap the ball, unless the Patriots were caught with 12 men on the field. I also asked him why the play proceeded after the Geathers injury forced a guy who was unprepared to run the play into one of its most important roles.

“We proceeded with it because Griff Whalen is highly trusted on our team,” McAfee told PFT. “He knows the whole playbook, [he] just wasn’t a part of the last-second addition of the ‘try and get them to jump offsides if we don’t catch them attempting to sub.'”

But that’s arguably all the more reason to not use the play at all. And McAfee’s candor, which has been trumpeted by the team’s website, arguably makes a bad situation worse for the Colts.

105 responses to “Pat McAfee provides best explanation yet of fake punt fiasco

  1. How could it make a bad situation worse? The game is over, the Colts lost. You think they are sitting around feeling sorry for themselves now, or preparing for New Orleans?

  2. McAfee protected Whelan and inadvertently sold Pagano out. If that’s the truth, Pagano made as dumb of a move as we originally thought.

    The bigger problem here is trying THAT play against a disciplined and smart team like the Patriots. Once Pagano saw the Patriots kept their special teams out on the field, he should have called time out.

    The question now is whether a punter should be selling out his HC like that or just keeping quiet. You would never hear a Patriot talking about a play like that.

  3. A clip of that play could replace the “and the agony of defeat” clip of the ski jumper cartwheeling down the ramp and falling off the edge on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

    As the great Franklin Ajaye said about it “Man …. like can you ski …. at all?”

  4. — an effort to draw the Patriots offside if they didn’t fall for the 12-man banana in he tailpipe.

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    Mike… you win the internet today!

  5. Wow — I’ve been defending Pagano, but this explanation makes it even MORE his fault, for still calling the play with a SUBSTITUTE center.

    Not only are you trying this against (arguably) the best situationally aware special teams squad, but you do it without adequately preparing the substitute?

    Just a comedy of errrors.

  6. Well then…glad we cleared that up.

    I guess such things are OK when they work but what a game changer it can be when it backfires, such as this turned out to be. The Colts were playing the Pats pretty evenly up to that point but after that fiasco it was all N. E.

  7. McAfee has said more then Pagano about this speaks volumes…….Pagano may not last the season with Goffy Grigson pacing around in the building wondering what he can drum up next………

  8. Thank you Pat for opening up and telling us what really happened.

    It’s 100% on Pagano, it’s an unforgiveable blunder and he should lose his job. You have to know your personnel and make sure everyone is prepared and on the same page. That’s coaching, and you failed at it

  9. Sounds like a riff on the old Abbott and Costello “Who’s on first? No Whos on second” routine. We chose Whalen because he knows the whole playbook. But the play wasn’t in the playbook. So you told him how you changed the play? No, he didn’t know how we changed the play. All I wanna know is who’s hands are on my ass. No who’s hands are on second……..

  10. Isn’t this kind of strategy to trick the Patriots into putting their defense back on the field, and then snapping the ball considered DECEPTION? Isn’t there an UNWRITTEN RULE that says you can’t do this?

    Somebody get John Harbaugh on the line!!!

    Oh wait, it was being done TO the Patriots, not BY the Patriots…………….nevermind.

  11. Unintentionally (or maybe intentionally), McAfee makes Pagano look that much worse. You make changes AND don’t put them in the playbook yet throw a guy out there who didn’t practice it and knows nothing about the new wrinkle? A definite lack of attention to detail and another reason why the Patriots are so good…they don’t miss any detail or fall for any gimmick play because they are coached to be ready for everything.

  12. Am I missing something here? With that formation, as soon as the Colts snapped the ball, isn’t it a penalty? Wouldn’t the hypothetical 12 men be offset by the inherent flaw in the design of the play?

  13. Sounds like a screw up. You know, a run of the mill, these things happen screw up. As bad as it looked (and it did look pretty bad) it is just one fairly small screw up that unfortunately had longer lasting results.

    Live a learn.

  14. Everyone is blaming Pagano but where’s the blame for the special teams coach? He’s the one who is directly responsible for making sure everyone involved in the play knows all the wrinkles. Did Pagano have any reason tot think that Whalen hadn’t been told what to do?

  15. .
    Grigson and Pagano devised a hare brained scheme with the intent to embarrass Belichick and the Patriots on national TV. They wanted to make a statement that they were smarter than Belichick.

    The Colts were dead set on running that play no matter what. The fact that the center did not know the play was incidental to their ultimate goal.
    .

  16. So, when the Colts use a “deception” play its called sportsmanship, and if the Patriots do it its called cheating?
    Okay, I get it now. I hope the Steelers and Ravens get the memo.

  17. These explanations are all well and good, but they’re all also forgetting that the play wouldn’t have worked regardless because the way the Colts lined up was flagged for Illegal Formation…… (the entire right side if the line)

  18. I wonder how much of this play call was rooted in a desire by Pagano to humiliate Belichick in the media for being “”outcoached?” There is a lot of bad blood for Belichick in the John Harbaugh/Rex Ryan/Chuck Pagano coaching tree.

  19. I would say the best description of this play is that it is a “franchise defining moment” and the best thing about it is that it makes the colts look even worse every time someone from that organization opens their mouth about it.

    I was hoping/expecting a blowout and probably would have gotten it except for a bobbled catch by Edleman of a perfect pass and a garbage TD at the end but the more I think about it and the longer this goes on….this is better. Much, much better.

    A beat down would have been expected by colts fans and they had already prepared themselves for it, but now a lot of them think that the colts actually had a shot (they didn’t) but that got snuffed as their team gets humiliated by running one of the most botched play in NFL history.

    This is the way the colt franchise will be remembered from now on. Justice has prevailed.

  20. Maybe Pagano wants that USC job and this is the quickest route to get there.
    Let’s see what ole Sheckie Green has up his sleeve for the Saints…

  21. Now that we’re aware of the injury, the wrinkle and the fact Whalen had never practiced being the snapper, this is damning to Pagano. That play should have never been a fleeting thought, especially the way the Colts were playing. No wonder Pagano doesn’t want to talk about it. What blame I had assigned to the poor execution of the players is now 1000% on Pagano. Sorry Chuck but that’s a fireable offense.

  22. patsruleyou says:
    Oct 20, 2015 2:35 PM
    They ran the play with a guy who didn’t practice it. Now THAT’S great coaching!

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    That’s not the worst part of it, the worst part is they didn’t tell that guy who didn’t practice how they changed the play!

  23. No one in their right mind would have snapped the ball on that punt against the Patriots, and no one in their right mind would have passed the ball from the 1 yard line against the Patriots in the Superbowl.

    I can only conclude that Bill Belichick has mind control capabilities. Perhaps he is a Jedi.

  24. Yeah, except if they snapped it with 12 men, they would have had offsetting penalties because the formation is illegal.

    And yes, the guys lined up too far back…but Deadspin said they still would’ve been penalized even if they were on the line because there’s a rule that you have to have an eligible receiver on both sides of the ball. Does anyone know if this is true? I’m pretty sure it has to be because no one ever lines up with 5 WR all to one side. If that’s the case then STILL no one has given a logical explanation because you could never snap it without being penalized.

  25. McAfee also said that he asked the referee during a timeout why they didn’t overturn Moncrief’s recovery of the onside kick. They said they probably blew the whistle too early and ruled the Pats player down, and even though he didn’t clearly recover the ball they couldn’t overturn it because of their initial ruling.

    That would’ve been a HUGE play for the Colts. Major fail by the referees

  26. Probably the worst single piece of coaching I’ve ever seen in 50+ years of watching the NFL, certainly the worst installed and worst coach play I’ve ever seen.

    What I’m hearing now is a bunch of excuses as to why an amateur hour high school play wasn’t successful against the best coached team in the league.

    That Pagano would try this in the first place is pathetic. It was guaranteed to fail and would have failed against any well coached team. To do so after one of the key personnel was no longer on the field due to injury was insanity.

    The worst thing about this is that up till this play, the Colts were still in the game. The moment they ran this it was over. Their morale was broken and there was zero chance they would win.

  27. I’ve watched this play a number of times, and every time I break out laughing right at the point where the “QB” is getting the ball, because his body language is saying “what, you hiked the ball, now what do I do?” and by the time he starts to take a step, Bolden is already on him.

    This play didn’t stand a chance assuming a snap….it was 5 on 2. Now McAfee’s additional info just adds to the comedy.

    Whalen didn’t have a clue what the play morphed into, and yet he was the one person on the field with his hands on the ball, in total control of the play.

    I think one of the commenters above had it right….they were going to run this play no matter what.

  28. The Colts played aggressively the entire game. A contest that many thought would be a blowout ended up with only a 7 point difference. The game is over, give it a rest.

  29. “Send in the clowns”

    Stop insulting clowns by comparing them to the Colts. The Colts can only dream of increasing their competence to the level of “clown”.

  30. perfectly reasonable explanation – yeah, Pagano is in charge, and he is ultimately responsible BUT if this story is true there’s one person who knows everything needed to know to rectify this situation – the special teams coach. He’s the one guy that would know the new center doesn’t know the play. Pagano probably doesn’t know that, and it’s nobody else’s job to know that.

  31. The play wasn’t on the playbook because they were afraid that the Patriots would get a copy of the play book.

    Also, they didn’t mention it to the back up center because they believe the Patriots bug the Colts locker room.

    The Colts were so deflated from the AFC championship game that they thought it was an away game. Lol

  32. lanman11 says:
    Oct 20, 2015 2:38 PM

    I wonder how much of this play call was rooted in a desire by Pagano to humiliate Belichick in the media for being “”outcoached?” There is a lot of bad blood for Belichick in the John Harbaugh/Rex Ryan/Chuck Pagano coaching tree.

    ________________________________

    And all of those idiots have looked (and sounded if you’re Ryan) like morons trying to humiliate BB.

  33. azarkhan says:
    Oct 20, 2015 2:48 PM

    The Colts played aggressively the entire game. A contest that many thought would be a blowout ended up with only a 7 point difference. The game is over, give it a rest.

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    Nah, we’re having too much fun

  34. I guess that is an indictment on the coaching staff.

    I thought Pagano was covering for the kid because he panicked and snapped the ball.

    The kid is put out there and has no idea that an audible was installed?

    Miscommunication? No, zero communication. I think Pagano wants out anyway. Tomorrow you will here that he was driving around Lucas Oil Stadium parking lot with the Colts SB trophy tied to his bumper.

  35. He sort of explains why the funt, (fake punt) turned into the Colts version of the buttfumble, the funtbumble.

    Of course how about all those guys lining up offsides? Explain that.

  36. Thanks for clearing it up Pat. So, its on the Special Teams Coach and Head Coach. Did the HC give the fake call and the SPC chose that play? The SPC has to know his personel, and a key member was missing for that play.

  37. I thought it’s egg in the carburetor, potato in the tailpipe …

    But nothing explains why the ball carrier was so vulnerable and the play looked so phony balony.

  38. What about the whole group of idiots that weren’t on the line of scrimmage? Even if it was a 50 yd scramble it would have been called back.

    As for Whalen, he could have been a hero and saved the future of football by taking the delay of game despite any communication otherwise.

  39. Those comments make me think Pat McAfee would immediately be the best on air analyst on any of the networks, easily clearing what is admittedly an incredibly low bar.

  40. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Oct 20, 2015 2:35 PM

    I can think of 31 other head coaches I’d rather have leading my team on Sundays than Pagano.
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    I take Pagano over Rex Ryan, but I agree on the other 30.

  41. pastabelly says:
    Oct 20, 2015 2:24 PM
    McAfee protected Whelan and inadvertently sold Pagano out. If that’s the truth, Pagano made as dumb of a move as we originally thought.

    ————-

    I don’t see how you got that out of what was said. Pagano asked them immediately why they snapped it. If what McAfee is saying is accurate, it would have worked on a team that isn’t as sharply prepared as a Bill team. Another team might have gotten caught with 12 men (or more) and then you snap it (but they still needed to rush 3 more guys over to form a line). The execution was wrong, but the thought wasn’t. I am by no means backing Pagano here, but everything said at the time by him and now by McAfee shows a good thought but poor execution.

  42. How does one go about trying to induce an offsides in that situation. Was Anderson going to pull his best Peyton Manning “OMAHA!” impression?

  43. Was really waiting for some big karma show or Tom throwing for 6 TDS.

    But all we got was Puntgate.

    Fortunately it happened so the Pats could finally put away the Colts.

  44. “There is a lot of bad blood for Belichick in the John Harbaugh/Rex Ryan/Chuck Pagano coaching tree.”

    I’m sure this is a popular meme in NE, but it’s simply not true, at least as to Harbaugh. He’s called Belichick the greatest NFL coach of our generation, and a couple years ago he had Belichick as his guest to watch the Maryland-Hopkins lacrosse game (he’s friends with the JHU coach). Pats fans need to get over their sense of persecution and recognize Harbs was doing his job as he saw it, same as Bill would have.

    I have no idea what Pagano’s feelings are.

    Ryan, you may have a point about his feelings toward Bill, but he’s hardly part of the Harbaugh coaching tree. They overlapped for 1 year when Ryan didn’t get the HC gig in Baltimore and Harbaugh graciously kept him on for another year while so he could keep looking for a new job from a position of strength (employed) versus unemployed.

  45. patsfiend says:
    Oct 20, 2015 2:46 PM
    I hope Benny Hill music was playing in the background as he gave this oratory on The Puntastrophy.

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    Puntastrophy—best name ever!

  46. An epic fail of a play and an epic fail of an explanation for it. You tried to out Belichick Belichick and all it proved was his team was more prepared for your trick play than you were. It was closer than anyone thought, and I give Indy credit for that…But, rather than chasing puffs of air, Colt’s fans should demand a better GM and a better HC. Turn some of that energy inward. Warm Gatorade and wire taps aren’t the problem folks.

  47. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Oct 20, 2015 3:25 PM
    Forget that fake punt.

    I still want to know how NE got the ball when the Colts clearly had it on the onside kick.
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    The Colts coaching staff didn’t seem to be bothered by it. I don’t know if they could have challenged it; but, they didn’t even whine about it after the game. The Patriot was down by contact and the play was whistled dead, it didn’t matter who got the ball after that. Refs got it right.

  48. Mr Wright, agreed, giving the ball to the Pats after the Colts clearly recovered the onside kick, basically swung the game over to the Pats.

  49. “…but Deadspin said they still would’ve been penalized even if they were on the line because there’s a rule that you have to have an eligible receiver on both sides of the ball. ”

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    The player snapping the ball is an eligible receiver. In the classic swinging gate play, the QB is in the shotgun, then has the option of passing to a player behind the majority of the formation, or to the player who snapped the ball, depending on the mismatch.

    You never, ever run it with the QB under center, ’cause he’ll get swarmed every time.

  50. Other than the explanation of why Griff Whalen hiked the ball there isn’t anything really informative about the intent of the play that a pee wee player wouldn’t already know. We all get the intent, the whole idea is to catch the other team unprepared and force them into a mistake.

    Thinking that would work against the best prepared coach in the game’s team still puts the responsibility squarely with Pagano. That said, thank you Chuck for that pricelessly entertaining moment! That was some great stuff right there. You have made a lasting contribution to football follies for decades to come.

  51. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Oct 20, 2015 3:29 PM
    pastabelly says:
    Oct 20, 2015 2:24 PM
    McAfee protected Whelan and inadvertently sold Pagano out. If that’s the truth, Pagano made as dumb of a move as we originally thought.

    ————-

    I don’t see how you got that out of what was said. Pagano asked them immediately why they snapped it. If what McAfee is saying is accurate, it would have worked on a team that isn’t as sharply prepared as a Bill team. Another team might have gotten caught with 12 men (or more) and then you snap it (but they still needed to rush 3 more guys over to form a line). The execution was wrong, but the thought wasn’t. I am by no means backing Pagano here, but everything said at the time by him and now by McAfee shows a good thought but poor execution.

    ______________________

    It would not have worked in any event because of the illegal formation. Incredibly poorly designed play.

  52. The Patriots were the better team, by far, stupid play or not.

    Just like in the AFCCG,

    the Patriots were the better team, by far, however the footballs were inflated.

    The Colts keep grasping for a reason for losing to NE, when it really is that they are not good enough, not disciplined enough, and less well-coached.

  53. My favorite part of the whole snapfu is picturing the Patriots out there on the field….
    what do you think they’re doing–
    I have nooooo idea…..
    doesn’t matter, whatever it is, they’ve got an illegal formation so if they do something good it comes back, if they screw up-it’s good for us–
    let’s just stand here and see what they do–
    and then finally—
    you have got to be kidding—
    did you see that?—
    what the heck was that supposed to be—-
    laughter

  54. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Oct 20, 2015 3:25 PM

    Forget that fake punt.

    I still want to know how NE got the ball when the Colts clearly had it on the onside kick.

    ——–

    Watch the video…..the ball bounced to Kline, he went down on it. an Indy player went in to get the ball, the scrum started. 3 officials ran in on the scene while the scrum was occurring. The one on the sideline signaled time out, then Patriots first down. another ran to the scrum but was signaling Patriots first down. the third was looking into the scrum for possession.

    The call on the field was 1st down Patriots, because the officials (2 of them) believed the Patriots player had possession of the ball while he was down and then contact was made from an Indy player. Down by contact. That stops the clock.

    Then they reviewed the play. In order to reverse the call on the field, the ball would have to be loose BEFORE the Indy player(s) made contact…..but there was no video that showed that. It did show a loose ball during the scrum, but contact had already been made at that point.

    Therefore, the ruling on the field stood.

  55. “It’s just a jump to the left. And then a step to the right. With your hands on your hips. And bend your knees in tight. But it’s the Pagano thrust that really drives you insane.” — Colty Horror Picture Show

  56. getyourownname says:
    Oct 20, 2015 3:34 PM
    “There is a lot of bad blood for Belichick in the John Harbaugh/Rex Ryan/Chuck Pagano coaching tree.”

    I’m sure this is a popular meme in NE, but it’s simply not true, at least as to Harbaugh. He’s called Belichick the greatest NFL coach of our generation, and a couple years ago he had Belichick as his guest to watch the Maryland-Hopkins lacrosse game (he’s friends with the JHU coach). Pats fans need to get over their sense of persecution and recognize Harbs was doing his job as he saw it, same as Bill would have.

    I have no idea what Pagano’s feelings are.

    Ryan, you may have a point about his feelings toward Bill, but he’s hardly part of the Harbaugh coaching tree. They overlapped for 1 year when Ryan didn’t get the HC gig in Baltimore and Harbaugh graciously kept him on for another year while so he could keep looking for a new job from a position of strength (employed) versus unemployed.

    *****************************************************
    Those comments by Harbaugh were pre-2015 playoffs. Harbaugh has gone on radio and made defamatory insinuations about Belichick and the Patriots, and he made comments after losing the game when the Pats used legal formations to beat them, which he called deceptive, and a violation of unwritten rules etc. It is also commonly believed that Harbaugh pulled the pin on Deflategate. All three of those guys are tied together. Call it a tree, or not, the point is they all share something in common. They have all been beat, more often than not, when it matters most, by Belichick and the Patriots, and the media has a habit of reporting on this in ways that can feel pretty personal if you are on the losing end. I have no doubt these guys would love to see Belichick roasted in the media as they themselves have been. They are all good coaches in one way or another, but Belichick’s history allows the media to play up the genius/mad scientist BS to garner clicks and eyeballs. Still, a lot has happened over the years, particularly in the past year, that points to there being bad blood here. As a fan of another team, likely the Ravens, you wouldn’t know about all of the history between the Pats and other teams. I don’t think you are keeping up. I would wager heavily that these guys would have loved to see that play work, have the Colts win, and watch the media skewer Belichick for allegedly being out-coached. Epic fail. One for the ages. Along the lines of the Butt Fumble, which I doubt will ever be exceeded. However, there is still time.

  57. Thanks for playing!
    I was a tad worried as the Colts were hanging in there, but in reality, the Colts flinched. Teams get anxious playing the Pats, and they feel a need to put in gadget plays. I feel bad for Pagano, as he actually had a decent game plan. The trick play, if not sold, was to be a delay of game penalty. That is clear. Moving back 5 yrds wouldn’t have changed much, in terms of field position. Someone forgot to tell the substitute. Although, I am a Pats fan, they got lucky on the pooch kick. The Pats were not ready for that.

  58. Thats what they get for trying cheesy little tricks instead of just lining up and playing football like men. If you want to beat your opponent by employing dorky little tricks of deception and mind games, join a chess club.

  59. I still think the Colts will win the super bowl. The Patriots are hitting on all cylinders, and the Colts are just starting to get warmed up. The Colts will be peaking around week 12.

  60. Sounds as well choreographed and well intended as the attempt to free the Iranian hostages in 1979. With similar results.

  61. I don’t mean to offend (actually I do, but sometimes it’s politically correct to say so), but anyone who needs an explanation of the play really isn’t football savvy enough to register an opinion about anything relating to the game.

  62. There are two points on this. First of all they should never have run the play with someone who has never practiced it in the first place. This makes the coach look 10 times worse than before. Secondly how does the punter explain Larry Moe and Curly not lining up on the line of scrimmage making it an illegal play anyway. Was the whole punt team injured and subbed in by a bunch of drunks loitering in the parking lot. They just need to move on. Every time they explain this thing they look dumber. It’s funny though.

  63. And somewhere Mark Sanchez is smoking a cigar and drinking a fine scotch, content in the thought that buttfumble will no longer be the go-to video shown to demonstrate futility and stupidity on the football field.

  64. How would the Pats have sub’d out the punt team with their regular D while the Colts were at the LOS? All the Colts did was shift players around they didn’t sub anyone out so there was zero chance the Pats would have too many men on the field. Does Pagano think if a team fakes a FG the opponent will sub out players to defend the play? While the fake is in progress? WOW!

    This explanation makes the play and coaching even worse. It is obvious that the players were not coached properly to run it and have it count without a penalty.

    Also I can not believe that ONE Colt player didn’t notice that only one player was lined up on the LOS. Are they taught the rules of Football in Indy?

  65. Another thing is did Whalen declare himself ineligible? He should have since the center cannot be a receiver. Plus they are supposed to have an eligible receiver on either side of the line or ball in this case. How many penalties did they rack up, anyways. I count 3 but there could have been more.

    The Pats should have had the ball @ the Colts 15 yd line, LOL!

  66. tonebones says:

    I still think the Colts will win the super bowl. The Patriots are hitting on all cylinders, and the Colts are just starting to get warmed up. The Colts will be peaking around week 12.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    The Colts will go 6-10 or 7-9 this year. They’ll only beat the other sad sacks in the AFC South and maybe the Bucs. They are incapable of winning against anyone else. I’m starting to wonder if Grigson will rat out his own coach to the league which will “force” him to fire Pagano.

  67. “I still think the Colts will win the super bowl.”

    Roflcoaster

    Laugh of the day mate, thanks !

  68. You never want to make a foolish mistake like this. This is especially true when dealing with fans from Boston, Philadelphia or New York. The Colt fans will hear about this for the next 50 years.

  69. kepdogg23 says:
    Oct 20, 2015 2:24 PM
    How could it make a bad situation worse? The game is over, the Colts lost. You think they are sitting around feeling sorry for themselves now, or preparing for New Orleans?
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    I’m pretty sure the writer means that it makes a bad situation for the coach even worse. The coach came up with a convoluted play to begin with, and then used it against a team like the Patriots (who are known for relentlessly training for all kinds of scenarios) with a backup player who had never practiced the play. Even worse, if the player had done exactly what the playbook called for (which it now appears he did), the play still would have (and did) blow up in the Colts’ collective face since the coach added a new wrinkle that wasn’t in the playbook and was never relayed to the backup player who ended up occupying a central role in the debacle. Even worse, that added wrinkle was pretty much pointless. Considering the down and position on the field, if the Pats were coached up well enough not to take the subbing bait, why would anyone expect them to lose their cool and jump offsides on what would be a clear attempt to make them jump offsides? If anything in that whole play should have surprised them, it would be that the ball was actually snapped. Even so, they all stuck to their tasks and shut down the botched play immediately. That is a complete and utter coaching failure on multiple levels, and that truly can make things worse for the coach. Owners are never happy to see their team lose, but to ensure that loss through such embarrassing circumstances (the blame for which lies fully at the feet of the coach), is sure to leave a bad taste in the owners’ mouth.

  70. So seven fat guys ran right and they assumed 11 Patriots would immediately sub into the field?

    Watching this play, has anyone even once said it looks the colts are actually swapping players off the field and their offense on ?

    in other words, this element of the play was so poorly conceived that no one has even realized it was part of the failed plan.

  71. Apologies if this has been mentioned already: why is this play always referred to as a fake punt? It wasn’t a punt formation, it wasn’t punt personnel – what exactly was punt about it? There was an attempt to deceive, but not about whether a punt was going to happen. Obviously a guy right under center isn’t about to punt, whatever else he was or wasn’t supposed to do.

  72. “He should have since the center cannot be a receiver. Plus they are supposed to have an eligible receiver on either side of the line or ball in this case.”

    The player hiking the ball can be any position along the line, including an eligible receiver. And there’s no such rule that there must be an eligible receiver on either side of the ball.

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