When you have two challenges, I don’t see anything wrong with the concept of ‘you can challenge any two plays that you want,’” Belichick said. “I understand that judgment calls are judgment calls, but to say that an important play can’t be reviewed, I don’t think that’s really in the spirit of trying to get everything right and making sure the most important plays are officiated properly.
Must-watch after every win, here’s almost seven minutes of BB showing us some of the biggest plays from the Broncos win.
But outside of a couple audacious calls he makes each season, Belichick isn’t an especially strange coach. It’s not like the Patriots’ defense is Finnegans Wake, scheme-wise. They do what works and remain flexible. The only reason Troy Brown ever played nickel corner for the Pats is because the team didn’t have a halfway-decent nickel corner, not because his coach was trying to show the rest of the league he could use a slot receiver in his secondary and still win games. Belichick isn’t inscrutable. The refrain of his most famous speech is “Do your job.” He decided, before a Super Bowl, to remind his team that football is about execution. That’s about as orthodox as it gets.
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Nice little read on BB. One thing that always kind of annoys me is people who call BB a genius and then hold it against him when he makes wrong decisions or his team loses. I simply prefer to think of him as one of the best football coaches of all time, and we can save the “genius” label for those who actually deserve it.
But a hundred years from now when we’re sitting around during TV timeouts of the Hunger Games, we’ll be talking about one thing: “We’ll Take the Wind.” Just the gutsiest, most self-assured move in a career full of them. Where Belichick just hung his titanium testicles out in the wind and if Denver had marched down and punched it in, the whole nation would be standing in line for their chance to kick him in them with steel toed boots. It was 4th & 2 all over again only this time it won them the game. Like he told his team after that one, I made the call because I believe in you and I don’t apologize for it. And like the mics caught him saying on his “A Football Life,” “If we call this, we better fucking get it.” Well they got it. I just hope the country gives him as much credit this time as they friggin’ flambe’d him that time.
Can’t help but feel like some 4th-and-2 demons were laid to rest last night…
Let’s call this one Belichick’s Redemption. There’s something about Tom Brady-Peyton Manning matchups that turns Bill Belichick’s decision-making a little unconventional. In 2009, it was a fourth-and-2 call against the Colts that backfired in his face and led to weeks of criticism. Belichick decided to go for it from his 30, the play fell short, and Manning’s Colts promptly marched down the short field for the winning score. In Sunday night’s thriller, an unbelievable 34-31 comeback overtime win over the Broncos, Belichick again went against the grain with a major decision. The Patriots won the overtime coin toss, but instead of taking the kickoff, like 99.9 percent of NFL coaches do in that situation, Belichick took the wind.
The season for us is kind of starting now,” Belichick said. “What happens this year will be determined by what happens in the next five weeks.
Belichick’s decision to take the wind was lauded by defensive back Devin McCourty, one of the captains responsible for notifying the referee of the decision to bypass the chance to receive. “Bill’s a genius,” McCourty said. “Even the captains were like, ‘Really? Defer?’ He wanted to take the wind. Obviously that was the best call.
Usually, when he sees what it is, he gets to the play he wants to get to and I would say they’ve hit a lot of big plays on plays like that. He sees a blitz, calls a tear screen to Demaryius Thomas and it goes 75 yards for a touchdown. You can be in whatever you want to be in but if they have a play to beat it and it’s well-executed, which it frequently is with Denver, you’re just playing right into their hands. “They’ve waiting all day to run the play against that situation. You tell them, ‘Here we are, we’re going to be in Cover-2 zone, go ahead run your best play.’ Well, they will. We’re going to be in “man-free” or we’re going to be in blitz or we’re going to be in “man-under 2-deep,” what are you going to do about it? Well, they can usually do something about it. I don’t really think anybody has had a lot of success playing that way.