By now, the timeout called by Cowboys coach Jason Garrett moments before Dan Bailey’s field-goal attempt is (in)famous, because he essentially iced his own kicker.
(Although it’s worth noting, it’s not like Bailey was in the process of kicking when the whistle blew. The timeout was called, everyone stood up, and then the center snapped and Bailey got a practice kick. It wasn’t like he was interrupted.)
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said he was thinking about calling timeout himself. Maybe. Sort of.
“Was I ready to? Yes. I was thinking about it,” Whisenhunt said. “But I’ll be honest, if you remember the last time we played them in an overtime game, you remember what I did then? I iced the kicker, and he had missed it, and then he made it after the timeout. So when the timeout was called and he made the kick, there was no way I was going to ice him at that point. I figured the karma had to turn around. Now, I was faking I was calling it. And they called timeout before I had to make that decision.”
In the 2008 game, Cowboys kicker Nick Folk actually had his first try blocked as Whiz called timeout, although again, half the Cowboys’ protection heard the whistle and let up, making the block much easier (in other words, I’m not sure the Cards block the kick without the timeout call). Then, after the timeout, Folk drilled the 52-yard field goal to send the game to overtime.
This field goal would have lost the game for the Cards. But “faking” calling a timeout?
“It’s funny, but you go up to the official — and I actually told him this — I said, ‘I’m not going to call timeout, but I am going to fake like I am going to,’ ” Whisenhunt said. “So he’s looking at you like you are going call timeout and you don’t.” He briefly paused, before adding, “It’s an art form,” a smile across his face.
Whisenhunt does think other teams are thinking about the Cards’ kick-blocking abilities — he said Patrick Peterson almost ran past the ball on the Cowboys’ lone extra point, nearly blocking it — and it makes an impact too.
– Otherwise, not a ton coming out of Whiz’s press conference of a newsy nature. No significant injuries coming out of the game. There will be no talk of postseason chances yet either. With the win, players are officially off today, so no interview availability. Whiz did say TE Todd Heap sat because of his hamstring Sunday, but believes Heap should be OK going forward.
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