After a day watching Panthers-Falcons, it was refreshing to watch Patriots-Colts. What a great game.
And unlike most, I loved, absolutely loved seeing New England coach Bill Belichick go for it on fourth-and-2 deep in his own territory.
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Did it cost him the game? It did. Did it perhaps win him something bigger? Maybe.
Folks are conditioned to avoid risk. We'd all like to think we're dashing riverboat gamblers, that we have a little Doc Holliday in us. In reality, most of us are sod-busters, who keep our heads down and try to avoid causing a stir.
Some of us actually believe that a punt is not a bad play.
It's the safe way to think, but safe ain't always what it's cracked up to be.
Here's what Belichick did: He put the ball in the hands of the best player on the field, QB Tom Brady, and told him to by God go win it. Get me 3 yards, and let's go home.
Would the safe play have been to punt, and make a thin, tired defense hold back the second-best player on the field from a last-minute drive? Of course it would.
But I like Brady's chances of getting 3 better than that defense's chances of keeping Peyton Manning from getting 70.
Sometimes somebody's got to stand up and say 'This is what I believe in.'
Do it often enough, succeed more than you fail, and you build a bigger confidence.
It'll cost you a loss every now and then, but losses can be overcome.
When you do that, you win things bigger than individual games.
That's the point, or it least it should be.
-- You know who was really good yesterday? WR Muhsin Muhammad.
I'll be honest, I thought he was done. He still might be, on the large scale. But yesterday, he was great. Caught six passes for 91 yards. Gave Jake Delhomme a target he could trust. Got open, sort of, and caught what was thrown to him.
He's still not a downfield threat -- that 22-yard reception was his longest of the year -- but he's still the closest thing they have to a legitimate No. 2.
-- Tough break for Miami if RB Ronnie Brown can't play Thursday because of the ankle injury suffered yesterday.
But that'll just force the Dolphins to innovate, and I'm not sure the Panthers want that.
Instead of running so much familiar Wildcat, they're going to have to do things which aren't on tape. John Fox can't like that, whether he'd admit it or not.
With RB Ricky Williams and something-or-other Pat White, they have a couple of unknown commodities to fiddle with if they want to stick with their trusted trick.
And minus Thomas Davis, with a run defense that was leaking oil yesterday, I'm not sure that unknown's what the Panthers want to see right now.