In the annals of dumb play calls…

… this may be an all-timer.

At a minimum, it’s a handy benchmark to judge others.

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19 responses to “In the annals of dumb play calls…

  1. Russ

    If he’s still trying it after 15 years, get ba…oh, nevermind.

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  2. Could one even call that a football play?

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  3. Chuck

    There are certain high school plays that I’ve always wondered if they would work in the pros…uh, nope.

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  4. Rp

    It was the execution.

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  5. That will go down as the NFL version of 4th and Dumb (even moronic). The Colts’ special teams coach is probably looking at the unemployment line this morning. Chuck Pagano probably should be brushing up on his resume for allowing that cluster to be run.

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  6. gastr1

    Actually, the formation was intended to draw an offsides or 12-men call–the ball wasn’t supposed to be snapped. So the problem here was not the call, of course, but the execution.

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    • Rp

      That’s what I was thinking. That has to be a formation where you are looking for the D to blow the alignment. If they cover it correctly (which they did) call timeout and make a normal punt. WTF?

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    • Merk

      Yeap, this was never intended to be ran. If you watch the clip, when the ST returns to the sideline, the coach is asking the snapper why he snapped it. So really, not so much a ST screw up, as much as a single player screw up.

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    • Go Dawgs!

      I’d really like some definitive statement to explain what in the world they were trying to do. If they really weren’t supposed to snap it, you’d think the players would know that they weren’t to snap it under any circumstances. Take the delay and then boom your punt. I don’t understand what they were going for here.

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      • James Stephenson

        What they are hoping for is getting NE to swap players or jump offsides for free first down. None of that happened and they idiotically snapped the ball.

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    • A single player screw up perhaps, but there is still a lot more going on in that play that makes no sense. As this guy puts it
      “This was a disgusting bouillabaisse of terrible ideas and terrible execution, and I am a worse human for having witnessed it.”

      http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2015/10/18/9565897/the-colts-ran-what-may-be-the-worst-trick-play-in-nfl-history

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  7. I bet Michigan wishes they had run this play.

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  8. This was… ill-conceived. If you are going to get fired, Chuck Pagano, you might as well look like incompetent doing so.

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  9. AusDawg85

    This only failed because Belichick had stolen practice video of the play last week and substituted and under-inflated football.

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  10. Sh3rl0ck

    Maybe if you had the long snapper in and the “QB” was back 12-15 yards, you could catch them off guard with the long snapper being an eligible receiver or get multiple guys rushing to the QB to have mother of all jailbreak screens to the right, but that would require not having 9 men in the backfield. The fact that the ball was snapped it mind-boggling.

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  11. Bulldog Joe

    If only he had the QB line up in the shotgun…

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  12. Brandon (Version One)

    This play is a great metaphor for U.S. foreign policy since the turn of the century.

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