VIDEO: This may be the worst play in NFL history

By now you’ve probably seen the bizarre attempted fake punt the Indianapolis Colts ran late in the third quarter of their 34-21 loss to the New England Patriots. In case you haven’t, here it is…

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Colts coach Chuck Pagano, whose job could be in jeopardy if his team doesn’t bounce back from the loss next week against the New Orleans Saints, took responsibility for the play. Well, yeah – no kidding…

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“I take responsibility there,” Pagano said. “The whole idea there was, on a fourth-and-3 or less, shift to an alignment where you either catch them misaligned, they try to sub some people in, catch them with 12 men on the field. If you get a certain look, 3 yards, 2 yards, you can make a play. But again, we shifted over, and I didn’t do a good enough job coaching it during the week.

“Alignment-wise, we weren’t lined up correctly and then a communication breakdown between the quarterback and snapper. That’s all on me. I take full responsibility on that, and I didn’t do a good enough job getting that communicated to the guys. Obviously, it played in a huge factor in this loss.”

The whole idea was catastrophically stupid; if you think taking nine players to the sideline against a team like the New England Patriots and it’s going to confuse them enough to leave the snapper and a running back uncovered enough to get a first down, you belong coaching high school football and not in the NFL. This play wasn’t poorly executed, regardless of the fact the players on the sideline weren’t on the line of scrimmage – it was a strategic failure of historic proportions.

We’ve seen enough strategic failures of historic proportions around here. Do we really need them in the NFL, too?

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