This Weekend in NFL Stupid highlights the dumbest moments and decisions in football throughout the season. Coming out of Week 16, we’re focusing on TWIS regular Mike Tomlin.
The stupidest of the stupid
On a 4th-and-5 from his own 42-yard line with a four-point lead in the final five minutes of regulation, Tomlin’s Steelers went for it. But it wasn’t just any fourth down gamble. It was a fake punt. And it wasn’t just any fake punt. It was a fake that required a 248-pound fullback who runs a 4.8-second forty to rush for five yards up the middle.
It’s one thing to go for it there, but it’s another thing to take the ball out of the hands of your future Hall of Fame quarterback, who would have had a chance to target one of his two star receivers on that play.
Tomlin got cute in a decisive moment, and it might have cost his team a playoff spot.
But that wasn’t Tomlin’s only miscue in New Orleans. He also neglected to challenge this potential Michael Thomas fumble in the second quarter…
— Tomlin Reactions (@TomlinReactions) December 23, 2018
And on a key third-play play in the fourth quarter, he inexplicably allowed the fumble-prone Stevan Ridley to carry the ball. The result? You guessed it!
That being said, the booth — not Tomlin — dropped the ball by failing to review this…
Was that passed tipped? If so there is no pass interference. Correct? pic.twitter.com/TN5yR8wHfA
— Toby Hamilton (@TheHambone_222) December 24, 2018
And come on…
Was this Pass Interference on Haden?
RT – YES!
LIKE – NO! pic.twitter.com/uQeD9yZn54
— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) December 24, 2018
Nick Mullens’ awareness rating in Madden dropping to 0 this week pic.twitter.com/BQCvpfY3rX
— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) December 24, 2018
Allen Robinson with one of the stupidest moments of the year…
If Allen Robinson just falls after the 1st down, this game is over…
49ers bettors with new life
— B/R Betting (@br_betting) December 24, 2018
Final stupid word
We might not get many more Marvin Lewis specials, so let’s enjoy this one. Lewis’ Bengals scored with 2:56 remaining to move to within one score of the Browns. But then, despite the fact they had zero timeouts remaining, the Bengals kicked deep rather than attempting an onside kick.
They of course never got the ball back.
No math in the world would support that decision, especially considering that the Bengals have a bad defense and nothing to lose. It’s almost as if Lewis wanted to lose.
Every coach on this list has a Super Bowl win and at least 7 playoff wins..
..except for Marvin Lewis. pic.twitter.com/6mJBxOhGPI
— Cincinnati 💔 (@CincyProblems) December 23, 2018