clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

50 best plays of 2013 - No. 47: Gus Bradley's fake punt vs. Denver

New, comments

We're counting down the 50 best plays of 2013. Who made it at No. 47? Gus Bradley and his gamble to call a fake punt against the Broncos.

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

In the 50 days leading up to the preseason opener against the Buccaneers, we're counting down the 50 best plays of 2013.

Yesterday at No. 48 was Josh Scobee's 200th career field goal, something only 49 other kickers have done in NFL history. What's No. 47?

Gus Bradley's fake punt gamble early in their Week 5 matchup against the Broncos.

The Jaguars started off the game with a three-and-out. Chad Henne had overthrown a receiver, Cecil Shorts landed awkwardly and injured himself on third down, and we were less than 60 seconds into the first quarter.

But just six yards outside of the red zone, Gus Bradley and special teams coordinator Mike Mallory decided they weren't done yet. They called a fake punt and fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou received the direct snap and... was stuffed by the Broncos punt return team.

So why bring this play up at all, much less in a top-50 list? Because it represents part of what made Gus Bradley the complete opposite of his predecessor, Mike Mularkey.

Instead of taking 2013 as a wash, Bradley took every opportunity to lead his team into an all-in mentality. The play call might have been a mistake, as a fullback dive is something you should probably call on fourth-and-one, but the intent was right and produced the desired effect: unity and excitement as a team.

Should the Jaguars' fake punt be on the list? Let us know in the comment below!