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    I know a lot of people here stopped reading Gregg Easterbrook following his genuinely strange obsession with Spygate. I myself had stopped reading because he's so terribly long-winded and he only had a few points to make, which he makes every week. But being that one of those points was that coaches are too quick to punt, I was interested to see his column this week.

    Sure enough, he sides with Belichick.:

    Bill Belichick was right to have his New England Patriots go for it on fourth down against the Indianapolis Colts - ESPN
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    I refuse to click the link and give that hypocrite any further page hits, but truely today the world is turned upside down and cats are chasing dogs.
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    every one of his columns has a section called "Why are you punting??!?!?!," so I'm not surprised. Its just a part of his schtick.
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    LOL signs of the apocalypse territory...
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    What the hey?? Are we being punked?
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    It's rare that I ever offer anything even approximating praise to Easterbrook, but I at least have to give him credit for consistency. He's been saying for years that teams often shoot themselves in the foot by punting.

    It's almost surprising that he didn't reflexively take the contrarian (i.e., pro-punting) view here. . . .
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    Easterbrook is entertaining read, though he did annoy me quite a bit during the spygate era.

    He does make two good points, which was exactly my thinking while I was watching the game -
    "I'd give Belichick a hard time not for his fourth-down call but for the third-down call on New England's previous possession. The Flying Elvii led 31-21 and faced third-and-8 on the Indianapolis 18 with 4:22 remaining. The Patriots threw incomplete, stopping the clock, then kicked a field goal. Had New England simply run up the middle for no gain, the clock would have kept advancing. The Colts either would have burned a precious timeout, or have gotten the ball back, down 34-21, with about 3:30 remaining rather than 4:07. The situation would have seemed a lot less promising; the Indianapolis players and crowd might not have been so jacked up."

    " I'd criticize New England for calling a pass on third-and-2, the snap before the decisive down. As noted by reader Todd Asmuth of Madison, Wis., Belichick should have been looking ahead, using "two-down thinking" -- if you're going for it on fourth down, you run on third down, to keep the clock ticking and better the chance that either you make it on third down or fourth down is a fourth-and-1, not fourth-and-2. I'd also give Belichick a hard time for going empty backfield on the fourth-and-2. Yes, the Patriots operate efficiently from the five-wide and were lining up against an injury-depleted Indianapolis secondary, which included two rookies. But the Patriots took a timeout to think about it, and the best they could come up with was a five-wide rinky-dink short out to Kevin Faulk. Two of New England's previous three pass attempts had been junky-looking quick outs to the same side, and neither worked; in fact, both were jumped by an Indianapolis defense expecting quick outs. Plus there were two receivers in the same spot -- the throw almost looked like it was to Randy Moss, standing behind Faulk. This kind of bollix is very un-Patriots-like. The whole play was sloppy."
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    Since I refuse to click on his link, I implore someone to respond to the second point (more as a clarification) that the time-out had to be wasted because of a mix-up in the punting/offensive guys on the field and not due to 'thinking' about what to do.
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    He even agreed with the bad PI call on the next to the last drive for the Colts.

    I wish the Pats could grind out the 8-10 min drives with the lead like they used to.
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    Easter who? Never heard of him.
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    He's also spot on about his Unified Theory of Creep. Santa arrived at the Burlington Mall on November 3rd this season...

    And possibly this...

    Must be the blind squirrel theory at work.
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    Merrill Hodge defended Bellicheck's decision, too. ..... Starting to wonder.
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    Folks, it's called supporting your foe's suicide.

    We play it too.

    It goes like this: "Hey Jets FO!!!! Extend Rex Ryan's contract by 10 more years!!!!"

    Hoge and Easterblech both hate the Pats and think BB is driving the train off the tracks. They are (in their minds) merely imploring him to step on the gas pedal.
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    Nah, that's not it (unless you're kidding). Not everything's a conspiracy. Putting all else aside, Easterbrook's primary point almost every week is that teams are too quick to punt. And it's an excellent point--everyone always talks about the importance of turnovers, winning the turnover battle, etc. Well, what is a punt but a turnover? It's calculated, of course, because if you don't convert you turn the ball over on downs, so teams weigh the likelihood of conversion vs. the benefit of having their opponent start 40 yards downfield. But a punt is always an intentional turnover.
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