Kirby Smart isn’t the first coach to take a chance and see the play come up short. He won’t be the last, either. But for now, people associate Smart with failed fake punt attempts.
In a back-and-forth game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin rolled the dice and called a fake punt. The Steelers came up short.
The huge celebration after a failed fake punt might be the funniest NFL moment of the year.pic.twitter.com/RIkUfpuMD9
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) December 24, 2018
Media personalities and football fans instantly thought of Smart’s call in the SEC Championship Game.
Mike Tomlin channeling his inner Kirby Smart with that fake punt.
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) December 24, 2018
Kirby Smart thinks that Mike Tomlin fake punt call was genius.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) December 24, 2018
Kirby Smart- Hey put the qb in and let’s fake the punt
Mike Tomlin – oh yeah. Hold my beer 🍺
— Booger (@ESPNBooger) December 24, 2018
— James Granger,MD (@granger_md) December 24, 2018
Mike Tomlin did a Kirby Smart 😂
— Tim Dietrich (@tmdietrich) December 24, 2018
Somewhere, Kirby Smart is applauding Mike Tomlin.#PITvsNO
— Jay (@Jay__Mingo) December 24, 2018
Adding to the parallels, New Orleans went on to score a go-ahead touchdown with the short field.