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Schiano on fake FG: 'Obviously, it didn't work'



NEW ORLEANS -- Perhaps the strangest play from the Bucs in Sunday's 42-17 loss at the Saints came late in the first half, when coach Greg Schiano opted to try a fake field goal, with disappointing results.

Facing a fourth down at the Saints' 25, the Bucs lined up with the "swinging gate" formation -- long-snapper Andrew Economos and punter Michael Koenen in the middle, with kicker Rian Lindell shifting to the left slot as a receiver and four linemen lined up to the right, with four players behind them. Koenen rolled to his right, but couldn't find anyone open and only attempted a pass as he was being dropped for a loss.

"In retrospect, I probably would like to have it back," said Schiano, who could have cut the Saints' lead to 11, with the ball to open the second half. "I thought that we would have an opportunity to stun them. ... Obviously, it didn't work. In retrospect, bad call. If it works, it's genius and you go down by a score."

Koenen said the play's first read was to be a throw to tight end Tim Wright, who was well-covered on the play. Asked if he had the option of aborting the fake and bringing in the line for a regular field-goal attempt, he said "In this situation, we were in it."

Wright said the team had executed the fake well in practice, and while New Orleans didn't have a time out, they happened to be in position defensively to cover the downfield options and thwart the play.

"When you practice it, it's the perfect world. In a game, you never know what can happen," Wright said. "That was one of those plays where they just fell right into place."

[Last modified: Sunday, December 29, 2013 9:18pm]


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