Ponder this: :rolleyes:
In Week 4, John Fox still had Peyton Manning on the field in the fourth quarter with a 28-point lead, and Manning was still throwing from a shotgun set with 5:58 left in the game.
In Week 6, Mike McCarthy still had Aaron Rodgers on the field in the fourth quarter with a 25-point lead, and Rodgers was still throwing from a shotgun set with 5:39 left in the game.
In Week 10, Pete Carroll still had Russell Wilson on the field in the fourth quarter with a 21-point lead. That's smaller than the 28-point lead the Patriots had, but Wilson was still in the game in the last two minutes, in the shotgun and passing the ball on fourth-and-3.
Just yesterday, both Drew Brees and Robert Griffin were still in the game late in the fourth quarter. Brees was still passing the ball with a 28-point lead and six minutes left. Griffin was still passing the ball with a 25-point lead and five minutes left.
2. Most of those throws came on 3rd down while they were trying to run the clock out. You can't run the ball every play with 5:39 left in the game you have to eventually try to throw for a 1st down.
This ain't tee-ball. And no, coaches aren't going to get upset with Belichick in NFL coaching circles. And no, no team is going to take extra cheap shots because they felt so "disrespected." Haters are simply gonna hate. You're living in a fantasy land if you think any of this matters and anyone except very jealous Jets fans and similar types give a ****.
What if Darrelle Revis got a season-ending injury b/c Rex used him as a punt returner while the Jets were up 3 Td's? The media would be ripping Rex a new poopchute. ESPN would have to create a new channel to dumping on Rex Ryan.
Having Brady throw in actual offensive plays late in a blowout is at least semi-understandable. Using an All-Pro Tight End on Special Teams period let alone extra points after scoring 55+ is either arrogance or negligence.
Gronk is the end blocker on extra points. Do you place a sub player in there and risk injury to your kicker?
Gronk didn't say, don't play me I might get a boo boo. He went out and played his position on extra points.
Like BB said , If you know the outcome of all your coaching moves, it's easy.
The armchair coaches here all have 20/20 hindsight. Amazing ! :eek: