Quotes from NFL Network’s ‘The Coaches Show’ Regarding the Patriots-Colts Game
“The Coaches Show” airs TONIGHT at 6:30 PM ET, 8:30 PM ET & 10 PM ET
NFL Network’s resident coaches Mike Martz, Steve Mariucci and Brian Billick weigh in with their thoughts regarding Sunday night’s Patriots-Colts matchup and head coach Bill Belichick’s decision to go for it on fourth down.
“It’s not like it was a knee-jerk decision. Bill Belichick is a lot of things, but rash and impetuous is not one of them. This was not a ‘Yee haw, let’s go do this’ decision. Everything is always calculated with Belichick. [The Patriots] have a history of this like no other and basically what it says is that he has more faith in his offense to get one yard than he does in his defense to keep Peyton Manning [contained].” – Billick on Belichick’s decision
“Sunday night, I thought he should have punted, but when you look back on it now on film, I can understand why he did what he did.” – Martz on Belichick’s decision to go for it on 4th and 2
“You can go from, if it works, a genius, to [if it doesn’t], you’re the village idiot.” – Billick on the varying criticisms that could result from Belichick’s decision, based on its effectiveness
“I probably would have punted it…If you go for it and make it, you’re going to win the football game. If you don’t make it, you give Peyton Manning just under two minutes to go thirty yards. If you punt it, you give Peyton Manning just under two minutes to go around 65 yards. The Patriots defense could not stop Manning [all night], so it was a real gutsy call to go for it and finish them off and it just didn’t work out.” – Mariucci on if what he would have done
For more thoughts from Martz, Mariucci and “special guest” Billick on last night’s game and additional content, including:
- Mariucci 1-on-1 with Titans head coach Jeff Fisher
- Martz on how the Bengals stifled Ben Roethlisberger in the red zone
please tune into ‘The Coaches Show’ airing tonight at 6:30 PM ET, with encores at 8:30 and 10:00 PM ET.
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