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Sean McCann
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Sean McCann

Former Philadelphia Eagles beat writer for Gannett

Belichick fail


It wasn't that Bill Belichick went too far with his unorthodox play calling on Sunday night. The Genius of Foxboro didn't go far enough.

Belichick opts to go for it on fourth down on his own 29 with the lead for a three very real reasons. First: if the Patriots get the yard and a half they need, they win the game. Second: Peyton Manning is the best quarterback in the game. Third: the New England defense is gassed.
When Kevin Faulk bobbles the ball, costing the Pats the first down, that doesn't have to be the end, even assuming Manning and the Colts are going to score.

Let them score.

Give your offense the ball and with over a minute left, when a field goal will win it. Tom Brady has worked bigger miracles.

Bill Belichick is the only coach in the NFL with the self-confidence to make that call with conviction, and though it may not have been a great call, I can understand it.

But those two calls -- the fourth-and-one, and the conceded touchdown -- are married. What I don't understand is how Belichick can have the stones to make the first, and not the second.

Maybe the Genius is getting old.

By Sean McCann  |  November 16, 2009; 2:02 PM ET  | Category:  Indianapolis Colts , New England Patriots Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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However, you need also to accept that a conceded touchdown will be taken. Look at Maurice Jones-Drew the very same day. Takes a knee at the 1 foot line to bleed out the clock. In a post game interview, Payton Manning said in the huddle after the missed 4th and 2, "OK, guys we need to score, but not too fast" (or something to that degree). Genius or not, Belichick is not the only seasoned coach roaming the sidelines. I'm pretty sure the Colts players and coaches would see what the Pats were up to and not just walk right into that.

Posted by: spagball | November 16, 2009 5:02 PM

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