Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter was widely criticized all year for an uninventive offense. The Lions were especially poor on short-yardage situations.
But in a game that had very little importance and on a two-point attempt that had no reason being called, Cooter dialed up what has to be one of the most inventive plays we’ve seen from Detroit in some time:
This play has levels. First, Matthew Stafford fakes like he’s calling a new play, so that they can direct snap it to Ameer Abdullah. That would be enough for a pretty solid trick play. But then Abdullah flipped it to Golden Tate for an end around.
Again, that would be a pretty good fake to fool most defenses. Tate may have scored had he kept the ball, but that’s when the Lions threw a third wrinkle into the play. Matthew Stafford slipped by the defense and was wide open for Tate to hit for the easy two points.
There are some rumblings that even if the Lions do fire Jim Caldwell, Cooter may stick around to coordinate the offense. If that’s true, this will only help his case.