One of the big plays that has been under the microscope following Sunday’s epic meltdown by the New York Giants, is the Philadelphia Eagles’ decision to go for a surprise onside kick after scoring a touchdown that brought them to within 14 points.
Tom Coughlin made it clear to everyone that while he didn’t have his hands team out there, he was certain to tell the guys who were out there to watch the fake.
They didn’t. And now we might know why. The Eagles sent a player off right before the kickoff and that apparently distracted the Giants as they began counting the number of players the Eagles had out there. At that point, they only had 10 guys out there.
“They did something good,” special teamer Chas Blackburn said. “They ran a guy off right in front of everybody and they’re all looking at each other saying, ‘We’ve [only] got 10.’ So we’re doing the same thing, trying to recount. And then you forget about that ‘alert’ a little bit. That’s kind of what happened.”
Coughlin admitted that it was a “well-disguised” play, but he also said, “That should not have been any kind of distraction.”