Awhile back on another board, during the season and the Bengals had succeeded on a fake punt, and failed on a fake field goal inside the 10 yard line, people were giving credit to Marvin Lewis and Darrin Simmons for calling such aggressive plays. I pointed out that a great deal of the time, these plays are actually woven in as audibles if the defense lines up in formations that will make a fake work. It's not usually a call from the side line. For example, if a team lines up heavy on the left, and the guy on the right is lined up inside the offensive guy's inside shoulder, a team should run a fake right. I was flamed quite hard for this, as some might imagine. Well I knew proof would come out, and it has. Pete Carroll of the Seahawks is taking some heat for Seattle running a fake punt while up 30 points.
Carroll said that the Seahawks had prepared to fake a punt if the Bills came out in a specific formation on punt coverage.
"It was an automatic for us," he said. "We looked for it every time we were going to punt, and it was just there."
Don't always think because something happens on the field, that it is a coach's call, sometimes it's just part of the game.