Found December 05, 2011 on
The Rap Sheet:
The Patriots won yesterday, beating the Colts by (gulp) seven. And everyone was pissed. That included coach Bill Belichick, who was more than grumble-ish after the game.
No doubt, Belichick will hammer his team this week on finishing, being extra hard on them for letting the Colts hang around. There is no victory Monday, for instance, as players must be in the building today.
So I had a strange (possibly stupid) thought. I wondered if — taking the late on-field performance off the table as a reason to be upset — if Belichick was actually happy with how it ended. Ya know, he got an excuse to crush his team, step on the gas, while still taking the win.
I explained this thought to guard Brian Waters after the game… His response was to say, “I understand what you’re saying.” But then he kinda took it a little further, spinning it forward.
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A day after the game, his point of emphasis hadn’t changed.
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We hit you with a quick coach Bill Belichick update during a busy Monday that always seems hectic. Having to mix in some tape studying along with blogging forces me to juggle like a.. a juggler, I guess.
Anyway, that led to just an abbreviated look at what Belichick said at his day-after-game news conference. Still, you probably got the gist of his thoughts on the 31-24 win over...
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Aaron Schatz: The Patriots nearly managed to blow a 31-3 lead in the fourth quarter. When the Colts made it 31-17, that seemed like a cute backdoor cover. When they made it 31-24 with 40 seconds left, that probably gave Bill Belichick heartburn. The Pats recovered the onside kick and held on for the win, but this...
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Now, he won’t have the chance.
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