Schiano: Handoff Snafu Wrong CallDecember 15th, 2013
Joe has already posted about the kickoff fumble between Eric Page and Russell Sheppard that provided the 49ers with a game-sealing scoop-and-score. The angle of a close-up replay Joe saw in the press box of the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway showed Page did not put the ball in Sheppard’s gut, which is Football 101 for handoffs.
The replay Joe saw is not included in this NFL.com replay from the game broadcast.
What is shown on the replay linked above is special teams coach Dave Wannstedt immediately talking to Page. Joe saw moments after that Schiano chewing out Page.
On the ensuing kickoff return, it was Skye Dawson, and not Page, who was back deep. Page was on the sidelines. Feel free to draw your own conclusions. Speaking with Joe after the game, Page made it perfectly clear he was not freelancing and that the play was called, presumably by someone on the Bucs’ bench.
Whoever called the play, was wrong, so Schiano said in his postgame presser.
“It was a called play,” Schiano said. “We were going to run a reverse if the opportunity presented itself the right way. It didn;t, yet we still ran it. But it’s okay. We made a mistake. Guys make mistakes sometimes.”
Schiano did not elaborate who called the play. Again, Page told Joe he did not freelance, meaning he just didn’t decide to run it when he took the field after the 49ers went up 23-14 with 4:27 left in the game.