What does Willy Wonka think of during a bye week? During lunch today I caught the NFL's Top Ten series and the subject was trick plays. Desperate times call for desperate measures and according to the discussions within this board (especially this weeks thread for the upcoming Green Bay game) I think it is safe to assume that most everyone here could picture a scenario where the Bears find themselves knocked down, looking up, and found lacking. You will always have the onsides, fake kicks, and fumblerooski's which seem like they really need to catch a D sleeping and work best when your not down in a hole to start with. And I'm kinda meh on the flea flicker, wildcat (aka. another option) or tackle eligible stuff. BUT two desperate plays I kinda hold out hope on are the el laterals, and the halfback pass. I thought it would be interesting to discuss if you thought these or other play calling tools might be used to get the big boy britches pulled up when you've been exposed. El Laterals: If teams are so eager to risk running out of the end zone on the present day kick offs like they have been doing, why aren't they willing to go the extra mile and set up the laterals? Seems like if you even mention the word you can only picture the last or second to the last play of the game. Why wait so long? Is it risky, you bet it is... It also has high rewards. They have made some of the best highlights of all time. Honestly is it that much more risky then going for it on 4th down when you're in desperation mode and everyone knows you'd be lucky to gain half the needed yards? IMO, I could see the el lateral package going "hot" or into the rotation anytime your team is down 14 points and your playing like you deserved it. I miss the days when some teams had laterals planed out on half of their kick/punt return plays. Off the top of my head defensive turnovers (namely interceptions) are the only time I see laterals used besides the last play scenario. I think WRs and RBs could do it better than the LBs and DBs... Halfback Option Pass: I took a quick glance at Forte's stats and could only find one failed pass attempt from back in 2011. There may be a very good reason for this, but I'd imagine almost all RB's in the league can throw a decent ball (ie. better than "Joe" fan like me anyways). LIKE the Flea Flicker it sells the run for a pass, but UNLIKE it there is only the standard hand off exchange. Logistically, it does not require your passer to be set up as deep behind the line of scrimmage either. Walter Payton and LeDainian Tomlinson were great at this. I know you pay your QB for a reason, but I'm just saying I think the play isn't that bad risk/reward and one execution could go a long ways to keep safetys and linebackers honest. Even if that play is this weeks ghost from film. It isn't like the RB needs to read much anyways... It is still an option, check your spot and if your guy isn't open; keep running. To be fair no trick plays should be plan A. But as a fan, when plan A goes to shit I just love watching teams try "something" and when miracles happen because you tried said "something" it creates some of the greatest (team changing) wins of all times. I get stubborn like Hans Solo when he yelled at C-3PO to, "never tell him the odds." I support the trend towards going for it on 4th down and I could get behind some of these "Shenanigans" like the two I mentioned... What do you think? What unusual plays could you get behind? What do you think Willy Wonka would do?