Everyone just shut the f*ck up real quick. I need a minute to process this.
The Saints’ season ended in heart-breaking fashion as Marques Colston took a pass from Drew Brees and threw a forward pass to Travaris Cadet that ended the game. Colston has been getting crucified for the play because he could have easily stepped out of bounds with time enough for one shot at the end zone. Well, according to coach Sean Payton, that was a designed play.
Payton said it “absolutely” was a designed play, putting to bed the possibility that Colston might have lost track of the clock and tried to extend the play on his own when he could’ve just darted out of bounds, giving the Saints a closer crack at the end zone.
“Listen, Marques, we’re at that point, and we’re probably maybe a play early from it, but with no timeouts, we’d kind of seen something on tape, Marques has got a pretty good arm,” Payton said. “You know, hindsight, a play where he could have caught it, stepped out and then maybe a Hail Mary to the end zone.
“But it was a play we had put in a week and a half ago, prior to this game, which was a deep throw to Marques and then across the field to Cadet. So, yeah, he wasn’t freelancing.”
Okay, let me think this out real quick.
I’m still skeptical. While I think the play was designed, I think it was an option given to Colston that if there wasn’t any time left on the clock then he makes that pass to Cadet. For instance, if Brees has to scramble and hit Colston with two seconds left, then Colston would have had to make that pass. If you watch the video enough (trust me, I’ve watched it a million times), you can see a tinge of indecision on Colston’s behalf as if he was working out his internal clock. Deep down, I believe option one was go out of bounds and option two was chuck a pass if time was expiring. Also, Payton waiting a couple of days to take the blame seems doesn’t seem like something he’d do if he knew that play was drawn up.
But let’s take this at face value. Say Payton did draw up that play and told Colston to make the pass. It was a dumb move. The play then goes down as the final blunder in a season that saw Payton make tons of questionable play calls throughout. We can attribute rust from a year off, an uncertainty of how to call offensive plays down the stretch with a defense to rely on for the first time in his career (see: not pressing for a first down against New England down the stretch to end the game), or just the fact Sean Payton always thinks he’s the smartest guy on the field.
The latter is probably the leading factor in Payton’s calls, but as a Saints fan, it’s give and take because that brashness is what led the man to call an onside kick to start the second half of Super Bowl XLIV or go for four fourth downs at home against the Lions in the first round of the playoffs in 2011. If we’re going to celebrate him for being “ballsy” and a “genius” when he takes those risks, then we’ve got to deal with these f*ckups.
As big as that mishap was, I’m more upset that the Saints couldn’t punch the ball in down eight points on first down at the Seahawks’ 25 yard line. That’s where the season was lost.
Here’s the GIF of the play, because you guys are a-holes.