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Patriots thought Bill Belichick was crazy to take the wind in OT

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07:28 PM ET 11.25 | Bill Belichick is a mad genius. If we weren't already certain that the New England Patriots head coach was willing to do anything he wanted and avoid the conventional way of thought, we got confirmation on Sunday night when the Patriots took midfield for the overtime coin toss against the Denver Broncos. It was a wild, windy day, so when the Patriots won the toss Belichick decided to put the ball in Peyton Manning's hands and take the wind. The decision was immediately questioned by everyone on Twitter, but the Patriots players were also shocked their head coach wanted them to give up the ball to start the extra time. However, as far as tight end Rob Gronkowski was concerned, it was the right call and he supported the decision from his coach 100 percent.

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November 25, 2013  11:27 PM ET

In Bill they trust.

November 25, 2013  11:46 PM ET

Under the current overtime rules, the only way New England doesn't get an offensive possession is if the Broncos score a touchdown on their opening possession. And considering the Broncos only scored 7 points throughout the 2nd half, that wasn't exactly a significant threat.

You also have to factor in that Denver played the entire game like they were afraid to throw the ball - especially while going against the wind. As well as the fact that Peyton Manning's one interception of the game was thrown while heading in that direction.

Not to mention the impact on field goal range.

I don't understand how anyone could watch the first four quarters of that game and criticize Bill Belichick for taking the wind.

November 25, 2013  11:48 PM ET

Any other coach, maybe, but Bill knows what he is doing. There was a Jedi mind trick here somewhere.

November 26, 2013  12:08 AM ET
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Under the current overtime rules, the only way New England doesn't get an offensive possession is if the Broncos score a touchdown on their opening possession. And considering the Broncos only scored 7 points throughout the 2nd half, that wasn't exactly a significant threat.You also have to factor in that Denver played the entire game like they were afraid to throw the ball - especially while going against the wind. As well as the fact that Peyton Manning's one interception of the game was thrown while heading in that direction.Not to mention the impact on field goal range.I don't understand how anyone could watch the first four quarters of that game and criticize Bill Belichick for taking the wind.

Peyton has thrown lame ducks all season but this past Sunday his passes seemed wobblier and more iffy accuracy-wise than usual, in my opinion.

Maybe Denver actually was afraid to let him pass into that wind.

November 26, 2013  05:19 AM ET

HOF coach, the best of his generation.
He and Brady are an incredible winning machine, but Belichick would win with many different QBs.

November 26, 2013  05:20 AM ET

Hindsight vision now will praise the man for a century to come... he just knows it all. The guy is a genius. Best coach ever. Blah Blah Blah.

God knows if his plan didn't work, the media would be drooling over P. Manning's... and praising his resolve and reaction to the BB challenge that was thrown his way.

The media show must go on.

November 26, 2013  06:06 AM ET
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In Bill they trust







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November 26, 2013  08:32 AM ET
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Way to go Mick!

November 26, 2013  09:30 AM ET

He's a lot Smarter than he is Nuts, but he is Nuts!!!

November 26, 2013  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Hindsight vision now will praise the man for a century to come... he just knows it all. The guy is a genius. Best coach ever. Blah Blah Blah.God knows if his plan didn't work, the media would be drooling over P. Manning's... and praising his resolve and reaction to the BB challenge that was thrown his way.The media show must go on.

BB has shown his coaching genius over many years in many decisions.
He's not warm and cuddly with the media so many are turned off by his public personality, but privately he is respected and liked by those who get to know him.
His players respect him, his owner respects him and let's him make the football decisions.
Bob Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have built the most successful NFL franchise of the 21st century, and some are resentful and jealous of their success.

November 26, 2013  01:33 PM ET

And the final score was????

November 26, 2013  07:16 PM ET

I never bet against bellycheck.

November 27, 2013  12:49 AM ET

The distance between genius and insanity can only be measured by success.

 
November 27, 2013  02:24 PM ET

Belichick what a genius this man is ehh?

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