Rashied Davis not fooled by fake punt

Updated: December 26, 2010, 7:19 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The New York Jets' failed fake punt attempt in the third quarter of Sunday's 38-34 loss didn't fool the Chicago Bears. In fact, it may have been one of the game's turning points.

Rashied Davis, the Bears' special teamer who broke the play up, wasn't impressed with the call by Jets coach Rex Ryan.

"We knew it was a fake, everybody knew it was a fake," Davis said. "You leave your starting receiver out there, you shift Brad Smith over to [the] side and bring the starting quarterback back into the game, you knew it was a fake. You just have to diagnose and figure out what is happening and what they are trying to do to you. At first, I thought they were going to keep Smith in the backfield and try to run some kind of option, or direct snap or misdirection or something like that. But once they shifted him out, it was obvious they were going to throw the ball to him. You can't throw it to the receiver out wide because there is no pass interference."

Davis refused to call the decision "dumb", but he says the Bears figured New York would try something sneaky on special teams this week.

"From watching 'Hard Knocks,' [Ryan] seems like an arrogant guy," Davis said. "We thought they were kicking to Devin [Hester]. We had a feeling they would because all week he was saying, 'we're not going to kick it to Devin, we're not going to kick it to Devin'. He's a prideful guy."

The play was bizarre on many levels, especially considering Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez ran back on the field to assume the role of personal protect on the punt team before the ball was snapped. Just to clarify, the personal protect is the captain of the punt coverage team. Rarely, if ever, is that spot occupied by a quarterback -- unless of course, a team is about to run a fake.

"They wouldn't put Sanchez in the game and punt the ball, " Davis said. "They wouldn't leave Santonio [Holmes] in the game with Devin Hester back there returning. They wouldn't do that. You got a starting receiver who's probably never played gunner in his life, you got Brad Smith out wide, you have nobody blocking because there are no slots in the game. Who is going to block if you snap it back there and punt? You're not going to make him [Sanchez] block, the starting quarterback, so it's pretty obvious.

"Everybody at home knew it was a fake."

New York's miscue gave the Bears the ball on the Jets' 40-yard line. On the next play, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler hit Johnny Knox on a 40-yard touchdown pass. The momentum of the game changed and swung in the Bears' direction.

"I'm glad I was prepared, [Bears special teams coach Dave] Toub does a great job of preparing us so we're ready for what comes at us," Davis said. "I was just calm and reacted to what I saw."

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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