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Fake Field Goal Joy

I'll hand it to Mike Wise; his dissection of the deeper meaning behind Jim Zorn's fake field goal attempt late in the first half seemed fairly apt. Let's quote Wise:

That play did not have Sept. 13 written all over it. It looked like a gadget to be used Oct. 26, home against the Eagles -- or, heck, Nov. 22, in Dallas.

But an aura of desperation surrounded that call in the first game, such an absolute do-or-die mentality after two failed trick plays. It smacked of Zorn having to pull out something this season. Or else everyone in the world -- including the Redskins owner -- was going to tear into him something fierce. It smacked of a coach on the hot seat.

After the game, Zorn was extremely nonchalant about the call, telling reporters that it was based on something specific they had seen in the Giants' field-goal coverage.

"I mean, that's why we called it," Zorn said. "It wasn't just a call. You know, we had this thing planned. When to call it, I didn't know if the opportunity would arise to call it. It did. It kind of worked just like we designed it. Danny Smith did a wonderful job preparing for it, but it takes those young men to execute it, and they did a wonderful job."

So fine, maybe we're looking too hard. But then again, did you see the celebration after the score? While the television cameras were briefly on Zorn, no fewer than three players came up to him, to shake hands or offer a hug. It was like they were trying to nudge the specter of the pink slip just a few feet higher above his head.

As for Tom Coughlin, he looked like he had just swallowed several bags of shredded wood chips. Which was fun.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 14, 2009; 10:20 AM ET
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You and Wise need to stay out of the shrink business. It was a well executed play at a time when they badly needed seven points instead of three. Let's leave it at that.

Posted by: poguesmahone | September 14, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I think you're reading too much into it. They very likely have this play in the playbook as "When X happens in Y situation, run Z." X happened in Y situation, so they ran Z.

Posted by: Hokienautic | September 14, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Even better was Coughlin's response. You could read his lips clear as day:

"Give me a (rhymes with trucking) break"

We might suck, but it's good to know we're at least annoying.

Posted by: bryc3 | September 14, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

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