The play was set up perfectly. Safety Antrel Rolle, who proved back in training camp of 2008 when he was sidelined with an ankle sprain that he can wing the ball some 75 yards, was in at quarterback on offense in the wildcat formation. We already know what Rolle can do when he has his hands on the ball. So when he faked the handoff to LaRod Stephens-Howling and rolled right, a team’s defense has to stay honest. Maybe that’s why arguably the best receiver in the NFL got so wide open. Then again, Larry Fitzgerald dropped what should have at least gotten the ball inside the Giants’ 5-yard line. And there was a holding call anyway.
Still, it was a victory for coach Ken Whisenhunt’s play-calling, and the possibilities with Rolle back there should grow from here, Whisenhunt said. “It’s fun,” Whisenhunt said. “It’s a fun thing to do in practice. Our guys get really excited about it. I am just excited that the scheme of it worked. … Had we completed it and had we scored, the guys would still be talking about it.”
Whisenhunt said such plays help team chemistry. There’s a downside, of course. Other players go to coaches looking to play a different position here and there.
“I think you have to temper those things,” Whisenhunt acknowledged. “You have a number of guys who want to go to the other side of the ball, whether it’s some of our offensive guys wanting to blitz or some defensive guys wanting to be offensive players. As long as we don’t go overboard and we are sound in what we are trying to do, I’m all for it.”
Oh, and as long as Fitz makes the catch next time.
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