Top 10 reasons why Bill Belichick went for it on 4th down Sunday night
Perhaps I’m late with this, but two nights after it happened, I still can’t believe New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick would think of trying to convert a fourth down with 2:08 to go where he was up by just six points, and on archrival Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts no less. Since Belichick isn’t in the habit of actually giving detailed explanations (all he had to say about the botched play- a short pass to Kevin Faulk which Faulk bobbled, resulting in a tackle a yard short of the first down marker- was that “we thought we could make it”), I figured I’d do some crack research and come up with some answers. My findings are based on responses Belichick was overheard to have given other people shortly after the game. The results may surprise you.
10. “Punt? That’s a four-letter word, you better not say that again.”
9. “We gained 477 yards in that game. What’s another 2?”
8. “Nostradamus said we would get it.”
7. “4th and 2? Well, 4 divided by 2 is 1, so that has to mean ‘first down’.”
6. “[Detroit Lions kicker] Chris Hanson left the Lions yesterday, so Jason [Hanson, the Patriots’ punter] had to fill in for him today. Jason was too tired to take that punt.”
5. “I knew the game was on NBC, so I thought I’d make my game entertaining for once.”
4. “I wanted to make up for the fact we didn’t get that 4th and 13 conversion in the Super Bowl a while back.”
3. “I knew Tony Dungy was watching. I wanted to remind him how I beat him all those times.”
2. “I knew Rodney Harrison was watching. I didn’t want him to see why we miss him so much.”
1. “I’m Bill Belichick B***”.
P.S. This is a joke, in case you didn’t guess it.