CLEVELAND – Matt Schaub reached the sidelines after a piece of trickery that started as a field goal attempt, switched to a pass that went awry following a fumbled snap and an interception and was caught by television cameras questioning the play call.
He wasn’t the only one. Several were left scratching their heads after a play gone horribly wrong.
The opening drive stalled on the edge Sebastian Janikowski’s field goal range, but interim head coach Tony Sparano chose to go with something creative.
“It was my call,” Sparano said after Sunday’s 23-13 loss to the Cleveland Browns. “It was something we saw on tape (that could’ve been exploited with that play). If the play had been executed better – we didn’t have a great snap exchange – the ball would’ve gotten out earlier and we could have had a good chance of converting it.”
Everything that could go wrong with the play did. Schaub couldn’t corral a low snap from Jon Condo, and then attempted to fix an already broken play with a too-high lob to Mychal Rivera ultimately intercepted by Tashaun Gipson and returned 35 yards the opposite way. The Browns eventually scored a field goal.
It was a risk that didn’t pan out, a decision made factoring in field position and a long field goal try even from a strong-legged kicker.
“I thought we needed to take the chance,” Sparano said. “You don’t go on the road and play to lose. I understand that those are the calls that get second-guessed. I got it. That one is on me. We came here to win and we were going to do everything we could to win the football game.”