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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; So, the team has some momentum. It's 4th and 9. Instead of putting the ball in the hands of the QB we decide to run a slow developing, "telegraphed" single route fake punt. The design of that fake punt was ...

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So, the team has some momentum. It's 4th and 9. Instead of putting the ball in the hands of the QB we decide to run a slow developing, "telegraphed" single route fake punt. The design of that fake punt was something a high school coach would draw up. There's been some really stupid fake punts, but that one is #1.

At least Brees could have thrown a ball 11 feet in the air so that Jimmy or Marques could jump to grab it and then drop it for an incompletion.


Saints run worst fake punt ever in 38-17 loss to Cowboys

There are bad fake punts and then there's what the Saints did against the Cowboys on Sunday night.

Trailing 31-17 with 6:57 left in the fourth quarter, the Saints were facing a fourth-and-9 from their own 41-yard line.

With just under seven minutes left, the Saints had several options: Going for it would have made sense. Punting it would have made sense. Running a fake punt that every single person in the stadium knew was coming was the only thing that really wouldn't make sense.

Guess what the Saints did?

Yup, they ran a fake punt with a punter, Thomas Morstead, who's never thrown a pass in his life. What you see below might be the first zone-read option run by a punter ever.
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Old 09-29-2014, 11:23 AM   #2
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I'm beginning to think we threw that game. ha
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The timing of the fake punt was horrible. We had momentum for the first time all game, were only down two touchdowns, there was like 7:30 left on the clock and the Cowgirls were choking.

It was a dumb idea that we even attempted it at all because if it fails, you give momentum and the ball to your opponent between your 35 and 40. If you succeed, maybe a first down. But the risks were insane because of the deflation factor - this team has had zero momentum most of the seasons and we just gave it away.

It was more proof this coaching staff is way out of touch with what is happening on-field.
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The timing of the fake punt was horrible. We had momentum for the first time all game, were only down two touchdowns, there was like 7:30 left on the clock and the Cowgirls were choking.

It was a dumb idea that we even attempted it at all because if it fails, you give momentum and the ball to your opponent between your 35 and 40. If you succeed, maybe a first down. But the risks were insane because of the deflation factor - this team has had zero momentum most of the seasons and we just gave it away.

It was more proof this coaching staff is way out of touch with what is happening on-field.
Nailed it.

Coaching staff have not got our team ready for this year and they all need to be held accountable

Especially SP, he's too stubborn to admit he's wrong and his stubbornness is hurting our team.
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Well, there you go. Hopefully they print that CBS article and hang it on every locker and coaches' door for the rest of the season.
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Yeh, that was so ugly and everyone knew it was coming.
Definite wth moment, but totally on par with the whole night.
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Did anyone ask payton about it in the post game? I would love to hear his response
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Coaching is bad. Play is bad. Effort is bad.
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Sean Payton's postgame presser in Dallas
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They were ready for it, you could tell by the chatter on the sideline. Now, if we would have went for it on 4th down then ok, good call, likely lose if you punt so might as well. That's why this has to go down as Operation Self Wedgy.
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