A failed fake punt has been the hot topic in Indianapolis and around the country this week.
Beyond last week’s bizarre formation, though, the Colts have a history of pulling off surprises on special teams, from fake punts to onside kicks and everywhere in between.
New Orleans is well aware that Chuck Pagano isn’t afraid to take risks.
“This is an aggressive team that way,” Saints coach Sean Paytonsaid. “I’d say very aggressive.”
New Orleans always takes a close look at its opponent’s history of trickery.
“We would have a cut-up probably that dates at least since that head coach and special teams coordinator have been together,” Payton said. “It might cover two to three seasons. That is not going to be as extensive as you think. The title was alerts, gadgets and situational special teams play.”
Beyond normal fakes, the Colts also have a penchant for onside kicks, due in large part to punter Pat McAfee‘s proficiency in the discipline.
“Our kick return unit has to be on top (with their) knees bent, hands out and ready,” Payton said. “It’s what they do, so we’re not going to call it a surprise onside kick. It’s what we expect.”