On The Fake Field Goal Williams said the Tide had been practicing the play for about two years. "We've been practicing it for a long time but I just finally said today the first time we got in field goal range, whether we were ahead 21 or behind 21, we were going to run it," Saban said.ESPN Saban's prowess obviously runs deep. It was a brilliant play, and he sat on it for two years before bringing it out. I like two things about this: First, the fact that we simply do not ever know the full extent of the play options the coaching staff has available on any given down (unlike Darby up the middle), and Second, that the coach many are inclined to think is fairly conservative on offense decides to run a trick play the first time they're in field goal range, regardless of the circumstances. I love our team!