On Sunday night, Bill Belichick took the biggest of gambles on the national stage and it backfired. He went for it on 4th and 2 from his own 28 with two minutes left and after they didn’t pick up the first down, the Patriots lost. I’ve waited for a situation like this, where I can rip him to shreds for a pompous decision that cost his team a victory.
But I can’t.
And I won’t.
Because I agreed with it.
My co-host, Marc Lecair, loves to say the end result shouldn’t determine whether the proper decision was made. Just because the decision didn’t work doesn’t mean the logic behind it wasn’t sound. And if you really look at it objectively, it was the right call. For all the second-guessers, here are some thoughts and questions of my own.
- If they make it, they win. You play to win, not hope the other team loses. If they get the first down, the Patriots win, end of story. Isn’t that what you want your team to do?
- Tom Brady is his QB. The guy has won three Super Bowl rings and two Super Bowl MVPs. He had already thrown for over 350 yards and three TDs in the contest. Why is it such a risk for him to try and get two more yards?
- Peyton Manning is the Colts’ QB. On two of the previous three drives, Manning marched the Colts 79 yards for TDs. One took 5 plays and 2:04. The other took 6 plays and 1:49. Wasn’t it likely he would’ve driven them for the winning score?
- The Patriots’ offense had moved the ball all night. New England racked up 477 yards in the game. Randy Moss and Wes Welker combined for 18 catches and 273 yards. Wasn’t it reasonable to think they could get two more yards?
- The decision didn’t end the game. The Patriots still had a chance to win after the play. He gave his team two opportunities to pull out the victory, one on offense and one on defense. Isn’t it a good idea to have multiple chances to win?
- THE GAMBLE WORKED AND THE PLAY WAS A 1ST DOWN, BUT THE OFFICIALS AND THE REPLAY SYSTEM STINK! Despite the “bobble”, Kevin Faulk caught the pass and was past the first down marker when he had possession. That the official messed up the call isn’t surprising. The fact the replay system in the NFL is tied to timeouts so the Patriots couldn’t challenge is ridiculous. Don’t we think it’s time to fix the problems with officiating and replay?
THERE IT IS!