Sunday, November 15, 2009
It's Not Always Sunny in Billadelphia
Wow. That was a great game. Unfortunately, the game will be overshadowed by one of the worst finishes to a game I have ever seen. The Patriots should have walked away from this game with a win, and with a boat load of confidence. Unfortunately, all of that is now lost after a very strange, and very un-Patriots final two minutes. The HC of the NEP showed some serious arrogance with the decision to go for it on 4th and 2 on the 30 the New England 30 yard line. Now, he's got some explaining to do to the media, and more importantly his team.
Bill Billabill has gotten a lot of praise from me as one of the smartest, craziest, and downright most hilarious coaches in all of pro sports. His crazy attire, cutthroat coaching style and bizarre press conferences make his prolific success all that much more interesting. For about the last 5 years or so, I have used BB and the NEP as the model for how an NFL team should operate. Whenever I see Andy Reid challenging some stupid play, McNabb wasting a timeout, or some other boneheaded play by a team, I always find myself saying "BB and the NEP would never do that." That all changed tonight as the Patriots self destructed in the 4th quarter against the Colts.
In the 4th quarter of tonight's game, a lot of things the Pats did seemed a little off. Maroney's fumble on the 1 yard line to put the game away lacked the reliability and seemingly machine-like efficiency you usually see from New England. Then, after a kickoff no less, Tom Brady inexplicably wastes a time out. How did he not know the play coming in after a kickoff? The Pats then call a meaningless run play after the time out. Bizarre. Then, before the 4th and 2 the Pats called another timeout (none left now) because the punt team ran out and during the timout decide to go for it. Stopped.
As terrible of a call I think this was by Bill Billabill, it also reeks of him. He is one arrogant MFer and he wanted to put the game away right there. One of my associates told me that BB consulted with TB12 on the sidelines and the mutual decision was to go for it. That is not proper coaching. It is the coach's decision and that should not waver based on any player's opinion. I imagine that even if Brady said not to go for it, Billabill would have still gone for it. No matter how anyone spins it, going for it on 4th and 2 on your own 30, up by 6 with 2 minutes left is not the right decision. It's just too dangerous. That became obvious tonight as the Colts completed the come back.
As I said before, the Patriots have been the model of consistency and success in the NFL for the past 5 years or so for me. Tonight though, they proved that even the best teams can look bad sometimes. The Pats can certainly hang with the undefeated Colts, and if it wasn't for a crazy final two minutes they would have beaten them. While there were a lot of plays that ended up costing New England the game, the decision to go for it by Bill Billabill put the nail in the coffin. Sure the Colts could have scored if the Pats had punted too, but in my opinion it would have been a lot less likely. BB will probably never change his ways, and is still hillarious, but I gotta put the blame on him for this loss.