In 2009, Jim Zorn set the Redskins and the game of football back by twice calling the infamous Swinging Gate. On Sunday night, Chuck Pagano and the Colts called an equally dumb play that may erase some of the pain from the Zorn era.
Locked in a tight game with the Patriots in the third quarter, Indianapolis faced a 4th & four from inside their own 40-yard-line. Punting was the obvious choice, as Indy trailed by less than a touchdown. Instead, the Colts lined up in a punt formation only to shift into one of the more ridiculous formations ever seen in the NFL. Check out the video below, words don't adequately suffice.
The Colts tried a unique formation on 4th down. It didn't work. #NEvsIND http://t.co/Eh0HXpFV00
— NFL (@NFL) October 19, 2015
Besides being an illegal formation, which the Colts would be flagged for, there was also no viable way to run a play from this formation. Say what you want about Jim Zorn's boneheaded Swinging Gate, which he ran TWICE, but at least that had a feasible play. Obviously the Colts play had no possible good outcome, other than setting Twitter ablaze and letting everyone make fun of Pagano. When the Colts coach is likely fired later this year, that play will run in the first 10 seconds of any video montage.
Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk has a great takedown of Pagano's epic fail, "it’s certifiable madness for any coach of any major college or professional program to come up with a play that was so poorly conceived and yet somehow executed even worse."
Good stuff from Scott Allen at The Post too, explaining that Pagano's fail was much worse than Zorn's, coming at a juncture with his team still very much in the game, and far from the lame-duck status of Zorn during Swining Gate fame.
What a night. What a play. Jim Zorn is finally off the hook, somebody ran a dumber play.