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Some Questions for the Coaches

September 12, 2012

A couple of questions from this weekend’s NFL games.

Why did the Browns coach, Pat Shurmur  kick the 1 point extra point up 15-10 with 14 minutes left in the eventual 17-16 Philadelphia Eagles win? Sure, a miss on the 2 point play would have meant 2 field goals beats you but not going for it meant one touchdown beats you and that is what happened.

Why did Bill Belichick, a coach I truly admire, have kicker Stephen Gostkowski kick what amounted to a “rub it in” field goal with 31 seconds left in a 34-13 win vs the Tennessee Titans?

During the incredible first half or so of their undefeated regular season in 2007, Belichick and the Pats clearly “tacked it on” most demonstrably vs venerable coach Joe Gibbs and the Washington Redskins. Maybe that bad karma or other more sinister forces manifested in the two Patriots’ Super Bowl losses to the New York Giants. In the first one following 18 straight wins, David Tyree made a miracle catch on the Giants’ winning drive. In the “Supe” last season, the usually “money in the bank” Tom Brady to Wes Welker combination failed to complete what very likely would have been a Super Bowl clinching first down pass late in the 4th quarter.

 

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