Tell ya what, instead of me giving you my opinion, how about we see what Mike Westhoff has to say about the matter. Would you agree that he's well regarded league wide as one of the best, and most knowledgeable ST coaches in the game ?
STS*: Fake Punts Are No Trickery, Just Execution
Posted by Randy Lange on October 20, 2012 – 12:14 pm
If the Jets execute a fake punt every other game, does it no longer qualify as a fake?
As special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff said this week in response: “I’d rather execute than trick. That’s me as a coach. I don’t think we really tricked anybody.”
Oh, and as for running fakes against base defenses ???
From the same linked piece:
Here's quotes from Rex and Westhoff:But then as Westhoff reminded reporters on Thursday, “I’d run more of ‘em than that if we could. We have them up all the time. Many times on fakes you catch someone totally unprepared. That really has not happened too much with us, especially after we’ve run them, because people now know and they’re going to gear up for it.
“But we still think we can do it.”
Ryan and Westhoff aren’t worried opposing teams will start game-planning for the fake punts. They try to use as many different and unique formations as they can to mask the fakes.
“We still think we can do it,” Westoff said.
Or, as Ryan said, if teams start going to their base defense, “You still have to stop it.”
Lastly, I'd point out that not only have our coaches said that we will indeed run fake punts against base defenses, WE'VE ALREADY DONE IT. The fake punt against the Texans was against their "base defense".