Saints coach Dennis Allen and offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael supposed to kneel and run out the ultimate 1:13 after security Tyrann Mathieu ran an interception again to the Falcons’ 1-yard line. Backup quarterback Jameis Winston was despatched in to take the ultimate snap in victory formation, however the workforce as a substitute ran Jamaal Williams up the center for a 1-yard rating.
Falcons coach Arthur Smith angrily approached Allen after the sport and yelled on the Saints coach. Allen appeared to attempt to calm Smith down, however Smith walked away earlier than turning round and yelling one thing else.
The 2 coaches didn’t alternate a postgame handshake, and Allen confirmed that the alternate was concerning the late landing.
Allen opened up his postgame information convention by apologizing to Smith and the Falcons. He stated the gamers made the decision and the coaches by no means supposed to attempt to rating.
“That is not who we’re, that is not how we function,” Allen stated. “We must always’ve taken a knee.”
When advised that Smith appeared upset, Allen was fast to take his aspect.
“He must be,” Allen stated. “He must be.”
Smith stated after the sport that he didn’t bear in mind what he stated to Allen.
“They will do no matter they need; there is not any guidelines in opposition to it,” Smith stated. “We did not cease them within the second half. They will do no matter they need. It’s what it’s. Hats off to them. They kicked our you-know-what within the second half, made us pay, took benefit of turnovers. That is their prerogative.
“It is also my prerogative to inform him how I really feel. Whether or not folks like that or not, oh nicely. Like I stated, credit score to them, they do no matter they need.”
A number of Saints gamers wished Williams or tight finish Jimmy Graham to attain. Williams hadn’t scored all season, and his teammates tried to persuade Allen to let him have an opportunity. Allen, nonetheless, shot the concept down, saying he most well-liked to take a knee.
The coach was overruled by the gamers as soon as they acquired on the sector.
“We put victory [formation] on the market, and guys sort of wished to get him a landing. They did that on their very own, and that is unacceptable,” Allen stated. “Truthfully I am undecided precisely what was happening behind that apart from they wished him to attain a landing.”
Mentioned Winston: “We acquired an interception to the 1-yard line. If we might’ve scored, wouldn’t it nonetheless have been disrespectful? While you return the ball to the 1-yard line, you may have the chance. We had the chance and we simply determined.”
Saints beginning quarterback Derek Carr, who was not on the sector throughout the play, stated he did not know that was going to occur however was blissful for Williams.
“I do know that they referred to as victory … and no matter occurred after that, I don’t know,” Carr stated. “I can perceive somebody’s frustration, however I also can perceive that is not what Pete referred to as or DA wished. I am positive they’re going to hash that out or no matter.
“Jamaal led the [Detroit Lions] in touchdowns final yr and he did not have one this yr. … Simply as gamers, you simply love your buddy a lot that … typically, on this league, ain’t nothing a coach can do, regardless of who it’s. Gamers typically wish to deal with their guys, and coaches find yourself having to cope with that wrath typically.”
Winston stated he requested his teammates what they wished to do as soon as they acquired on the sector. Each agreed they wished Williams to have an opportunity at scoring. Winston emphasised that it was a workforce determination and stated he advised Allen that afterward.
“Nope,” Winston stated when requested if he had any regrets. “That is the factor: That is concerning the workforce. It is not about regrets. It is not about the rest. It is about us as a workforce making a collective determination. However I do apologize to Dennis. … That was not his name.”
One Saints participant stated among the Falcons defensive gamers requested in the event that they deliberate to take a knee, they usually did not reply.
Williams stated when the query of what to do got here up, “each final individual was lifeless set on getting me a landing.”
“They only wished to get me a landing, that is it,” he stated. “They’re simply nice folks. I respect them for understanding and having the attention and perspective of what is occurring within the sport and taking the results of what would occur after. I respect my teammates for having my again and desirous to get me a landing to point out the like to me.
“The rationale it means a lot to me isn’t as a result of I scored and acquired a landing, however as a result of my teammates wished to get me a landing on the final play of what may very well be our final sport. That proper there reveals me rather a lot about my teammates’ character.”
Winston was requested if he thought the transfer could be forgotten about after the season.
“I believe it must be forgotten, particularly when the rating is already 41-17,” Winston stated. “I do not understand how a lot worse it may possibly get. I acquired a ton of respect for Arthur Smith and the coach that he’s. I believe they do some unbelievable issues. I did not wish to disrespect — that was not my intention.
“My intention was to steer the workforce that I have been with the whole yr. We made a collective determination that we wished to offer considered one of our guys — who they combat with blood, sweat and tears in each sport — in the long run zone. And I am going to be ok with it.”