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Confidence in 4th-down gambit elevates Belichick as NFL rarity - USATODAY.com
It seems that the anti-Belichick firestorm spawned by Spygate among the national media may finally be waning somewhat. In addition to this piece, there is a very complimentary article in this week's edition of SI in which Shawn Springs describes BB as "a brain walking around on two legs", and the author, Damon Hack, seems to agree. The premise is that Belichick is slowly, but surely, piecing together a team which may stumble slightly at the outset, but will be one to be reckoned with before too long. Hack concludes by stating that, "To the rest of the league, it (the Patriots coming together) may start looking all too familiar."
Nice to hear BB get his due. However, it was only a week ago that the mediots were writing obituaries for the Pats' as having fallen from the ranks of the elite teams, and wondering if TB was all washed up as a top QB. How quickly things change.
This could go down as another example of his genius, like taking the safety against the Broncos late in the game for field position.
That is my favorite call in the BB era (regular season).
Yes, my favorite call as well. It was a brilliant move and one that, I believe, says more about Coach than anything else. It is a perfect example of the "situational football" that he preaches.
Parcells did it in 1993.
It's funny because during that Bronco's game, I told my friends about how Parcells did it back in the day, and that they should do it to regain field position. BB didn't disappoint me.
The difference is that Belichick is also psychic, because he had the team practice that play that very week, which he had not done before.
Or: The Pats practice a certain set of situational plays each week, and BB would prefer to run a play that his team has actually practiced.
I also loved the one where the Pats were up by one score with about 8 seconds remaining, 4th down, NE ball. The announcers were debating whether to punt or to hand off to a running back and hope that the play takes the full 8 seconds. Then Brady drops back verrrry deep to pass and hurls the ball farrrr down the field and safely out of bounds, game over. The best part was the announcers marveling over how that never would have even occurred to them.
Some 4th-down stats courtesy of weei.com.
Maybe not as true a "situational football" play, but Flutie's drop-kick was great too.
What of all these things do, though, is force other teams to literally prepare for anything.
I was a big fan of that free kick against the bills in the snow last year --- you guys remember that?
I was cracking up.
I guess what sets Belichcik apart is that if he has a play that he'd confident will work he applies it - that doesn't mean it always work but it does mean that whenever he goes for it on 4th down he's confident about the play
I think all coaches should be required to play Madden 2010 against some regular gamers, because the average Madden player seems to know better situational strategy than many coaches.
There are still some coaches (and announcers) who think it is better to call a time out after the 2:00 warning when you are losing to save 40 seconds instead of before the 2:00 warning to save 20, 10 or even 5 seconds.
Playing the game will teach you why it is best to call the timeout right away instead of waiting, even though you save fewer seconds.
I love these praising threads after the fact.
Lets face facts, if we didn't convert and Atlanta scores a touchdown and goes on to win the game. Most of you are giving out yards about what a dumb play it was.
And you would all be pointing out that the Patriots were 0 for 3 on fourth down conversions this season coming into that game.
I know, lets get gamers to take over real game playcalling.
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In a word,... NO.
This isn't about just this year. NE has a proven track record of playing situational football, and being successful as a result.
You should reread my post since you obviously didn't understand it the first time. I am not talking about playcalling, I am talking about situational strategy. You will see countless gaffes by pro coaches (and players) that you'll never see in any reasonably competitive Madden League - such as my aforementioned example of calling timeouts before the 2:00 on defense if you are losing instead of after.
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