Belichick doesn't understand psychological warfare, and what's more, he is often victimized by it. Some times, you need to get your team fired up. Sometimes you need to respond to the smack talking. Sometimes you need to show some pride, especially when you're playing at home. Benching Welker before the game was a major psychological mistake, especially after all the Jets' yapping this week. Belichick ought to go back and run the game tape on how the team played the week after the whole Spygate thing happened. They DESTROYED the Jets. Sometimes, you need to get your team fired up. The Jets were yesterday. The Patriots weren't. That's two years in a row, BTW. In addition, you have now a pretty clear track record of meltdowns in big games over the last few years. For Brady and Belichick both. Those guys need to talk to a sports psychologist or something so that they stop turtling every time something goes wrong in a big game. Someone in another thread had it straight. There's an element of shell shock there that needs to be addressed. Incidentally, the Pats media response to Spygate was also horribly mismanaged from a PR/psychological perspective. It's a massively recurring theme. Hopefully they do something about it in the off season.