Out-played, Out-coached, Out-classed

We’ll tackle these in reverse order.

I have to say that I’m quite disappointed in Bill. Belichek. For him to walk off the field, and take most of his team with him, before the game was over was really classless. He can argue if he wants to that the game was already over, except that it wasn’t. The ref was right there telling him so.

Perhaps he was just embarassed by how completely he was out-coached leading up to and during the game? I could definitely believe that. I think his game plan was as simple as this: “All we have to do is stop them from scoring too many points. There’s no way that they can stop this offense.” You think I’m exaggerating? Consider:

  • Why was he ignoring the game while his offense was on the field? There was a shot of him with his back to the field working with his defense and a white board. While this was going on, his offensive line let Brady get pummelled. Had he cared a little more about that, he might’ve made some adjustments.
  • Why not kick the field goal? Sure, it would’ve been a 48 yard attempt, but that’s within the range of Guskowski. He said in the post game interview that it was about field position. Yeah right. Going for it on 4th and 13 because missing a field goal puts them on the 38 yard line instead of the 31. Those 7 yards were meaningless. The only reason that makes any sense is that you believed that the Giants couldn’t stop your offense, and that 3 points woulddn’t make any difference. Uh…. you were wrong.

And speaking of being outcoached… what were the Patriots doing at the end of the game throwing the ball down field to Moss in double coverage, not once, but twice! Starting out at their own 25 yard line, they needed about 45 yards to get into field goal range. They had 35 seconds on the clock, and all three time outs. I know it’s a tall order, but all they needed to do was throw short, quick passes and march down the field for a field goal attempt. It was almost as if they said to themselves, “We’ll show them! We can make the long pass!” Instead, they line up trying to make a long pass and Brady gets sacked for the 5th time of the night giving them a 3rd and 4th and 20 yards. Out coached indeed. The coaching staff had one massive brain-fart at the end of the game.

Let’s be fair too. The Patriots defense wasn’t outplayed. They played a great game, holding the Giants to just 3 points in the first 3 quarters. How could you ask for anything more from them.

The Patriot offense is another kettle of fish entirely. The offensive line could do nothing to stop the Giants from hammering Brady.