Just objectively speaking, April Fools Day sucks. It's the second-worst holiday – St. Patrick's Day is undefeated there – and every year we just get outraged at The Brands. It's a day-long headache full of banal tweets that could all be avoided by logging off if logging off were ever physically possible. But since we're here, Not Logged Off together, let's make the best of it.
So that means highlights of trick plays (and ranked duh). There are few more enjoyable things to do than watch football teams succesfully run trick plays; football is so hard, and none of these plays should work. Usually they don't. Sometimes they do, though, and sometimes they get run a lot and sometimes it's the 2018 Bears season. First year head coach Matt Nagy wasted no time in a Bears' visor before endearing himself to the locals with a half-dozen or so gadget plays that (and this is very important, like maybe the most important part) worked. The top 5:
This gets buried because it came in the final week of the 2018 regular season, when the Bears had already won the NFC North and the Vikings – playing for a playoff berth – lost 24-10 at home. Yikes! It's a clever two-point conversion – Prince Amukamara's fake sweep is fun, Nick Kwiatkoski makes a nice catch and Mitch Trubisky is AMPED about it all.
4. Willy Wonka
✨ Magic Mitch ✨— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 30, 2018
This toss to Gabriel makes 5 for him in the 1st half. pic.twitter.com/sXqgdqRm07
The Bears are winning 28-3 and it's against the Buccaneers, so #4 feels right for Willy Wonka. This play's apparently the brainchild of now-Lions QB Chase Daniel, and it's a beauty. Why are there two QBs on the field?! It is perhaps the best 5th 1st-half touchdown pass in the history of football.
3. Freezer Left
It's a legacy play, and I understand that has a certainl level of appeal to a lot of people. That being said, Big Guy touchdowns are always great, no matter where on the field they come from. There's actually not a whole lot of trickery about this, though – Akiem Hicks is strong as hell and just runs it on in. Sometimes it's as simple as that.
2. Santa's Sleigh
This is not the best trick play the Bears have run in the Matt Nagy era, but it is unquestionably, inarguably, the most fun. The combined weight of all 11 players on the field for the Bears was 3,288 lbs. Truly in awe at the size of those lads, just absolute units. Also shouts to Roy Robertson-Harris, a defensive lineman, for just clearly beating Marqui Christian, a cornerback, on that corner (?) route.
1. Oompa Loompa
It's certainly got shades of the Philly Special (having Trey Burton involved feels especially on the nose) but also what are the Giants doing? With one play left to tie the game, the Bears ran that. With their backup quarterback playing, they ran a reverse running back pass with the game on the line. And it worked! And Anthony Miller wasn't even Cohen's first read! This is the best trick play Matt Nagy's called.