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Since when in the game of football do you have an obligation to tell to the opponent what your intentions are? That's one of the dumbest things I've ever heard. If this desperation play was going to work at all, one thing that might help was the element of surprise. Like I said, if you watch Manning flail backwards it looks quite a bit like he almost dropped that ball.
A few years ago I wrote about something that happened to William "Refrigerator" Perry when he played at Clemson. Perry was a first-team All-American defensive lineman at Clemson but he was certainly not the sharpest tool in the shed, and opposing players knew that.
So, in one game, at a critical point in the game, when the quarterback for the other team came out of the huddle and was walking back to the line, he said to his players making certain that Perry heard him "On two, everyone."
So then Perry knew the count. Only, the snap wasn't really on two; it was on three or four or whatever. And the quarterback said, "Hut!" "Hut!" And on that second "Hut!" Perry, certain of the count, charged across the line like a madman. He was the only player to move, and the refs looked at him like he was crazy and called off sides.
Perry looked at the ref, outraged, and Perry pointed at the opposing quarterback and shouted out, "Ref, he said it was on two! He said on two!"
I think the current argument against Schiano has even less weight than Perry's argument to that ref does.
Football is a game of deception, speed, skill, surprise and brutality and a professional football game last 60 minutes not 59 minutes and 30 seconds.
And during those 60 minutes anything can happen. And if you're a player or a coach who doesn't like that, well, then, you need to get out of football and take up a sport more suitable to your nature such as, perhaps, badminton or synchronized swimming.