Patriots coach Belichick wanted more time in the Replay Booth

11/1/11 in NFL   |   KurtKingsley   |   1858 respect

The match between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots was a featured item on the weekend and rightly so as the encounter turned into a battle of wits. At the end of the night, the Steelers acquired a close 25-17 victory to defeat the Patriots at Heinz Field.

The head coach of Steelers, Mike Tomlin was exuberant in the aftermath of the victory; as his plan to contain quarterback Tom Brady and receivers and running backs Wes Welker, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Rob Gronkowski had worked like clockwork.

On the other hand Steelers’ receivers were having a field trip as they posted above average numbers. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger passed for 365 yards in comparison to Brady’s 198 yards which was quite surprising.

Patriots’ head coach, Bill Belichick admitted that his men might have found mental barriers more of an obstacle than the ones on field. In spite of producing a great show two weeks back, Patriots’ defense lacked faith. As a unit they squandered many match turning opportunities.

Patriots’ defensive line also lacked the physical touch which they could have learnt from Steelers’ cornerbacks. The cornerbacks also covered a lot of ground in marking players. Belichick stated that teams like New York Jets, Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins used similar tactics and it seemed like they got the best of him.

It was also observed that Patriots run-pass ratio was skewed towards passing. Belichick explained his game plan saying, “Of course a lot of plays that are in the fourth quarter, we were down by 13 points, 10 points, of course there's going to be more passes in the fourth quarter than there are going to be runs when you're in that situation. Some of it was situational, some of it was we were in some long-yardage situations, more than we want to be in.”

Belichick also talked about the replay saga in his post match press conference. Belichick said that he didn’t get a good look on the replay in the booth. Belichick carefully stated that he had no control over the time spent to analyze the play.

When a questioner asked Belichick why he wasn’t given enough time to analyze the replay at such a crucial time, Belichick, who was still frustrated responded with, “I'm coaching the game. I'm not running the replay booth.”

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