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Belichick says "uncle" to his new daddy

Six years ago, on a Monday night in October, the Colts trailed the Bucs in Tampa by 21 points with four minutes to play.

But Colts coach Tony Dungy didn’t throw in the towel.  And he was rewarded for showing faith in his team by a comeback for the ages.  Led by Peyton Manning, Indy scored three touchdowns to force overtime — and then won the thing in the extra session.

On Monday night in New Orleans, the Patriots regained possession of the ball with 5:22 to play after a missed field goal, trailing the Saints by 21 points, 38-17.

So the stage was set for another stunning outcome, right?


Pats coach Bill Belichick threw in the towel, pulling quarterback Tom Brady and many other starters and conceding the win to Sean Payton, Gregg Williams, and the rest of the Saints.

For a head coach known to take plenty risks, why not take a chance on a miracle?

It’s almost as if he didn’t want to give the Saints the satisfaction of squashing an attempt to score one touchdown, much less three of them.  And so Belichick opted not to even try to pull off a similar kind of magic that Brady and company worked on Monday night in Week One, against the Bills.

Though the Patriots likely will fend off a substandard trio of AFC East rivals to secure a spot in the playoffs, this night to forget will be fresh in their memories when the postseason begins.

The only possible consolation for the Pats?  If they somehow get hot and find a way to get past teams like the Chargers, Colts, Steelers, and Bengals, a rematch with the Saints would occur in a place other than the Superdome.

Maybe when they’re losing by 21 points with 5:22 to play then, Belichick will at least try to pull out the unlikely win.

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  1. DildoBaggins says: Nov 30, 2009 11:38 PM

    How did I know this one was gonna be wrote by Florio, who hates the Pats.
    Florio you should make a post about how you never made a post about the Pats beating the Titans 59-0, one of the biggest victories in NFL history.
    Florio just can’t seem to get his bias’ out of what he chooses to report on.
    How bout them Giants Florio.

  2. Gautam says: Nov 30, 2009 11:39 PM

    well Dungy knew pretty well that Bucs offense didn’t have a QB like tonight’s Drew Brees

  3. Facts Domino says: Nov 30, 2009 11:40 PM

    Manning would have stayed in the game trying his damnedest to will his team to victory. If the threw another int in the process big deal.
    That’s sad that they quit like that. Cheaters or Quitters? At least they have a shoe for each foot now.

  4. TampaJoey says: Nov 30, 2009 11:40 PM

    Belichich threw in the towel because he knew the Patroits were totally outclassed and over-matched tonight. Saints are for real.

  5. red13 says: Nov 30, 2009 11:41 PM

    I’m just shocked that Belichick conceded with ove 5 minutess to go. Never thought I’d see him do that. Wow.

  6. Reptar says: Nov 30, 2009 11:42 PM

    Apparently “play 60” is only relevant when up by 40 points.

  7. Geaux-Daddy says: Nov 30, 2009 11:42 PM

    Do you believe yet Florio?
    Say it…the Saints are for real. It gets easier after the first time.

  8. PFTiswhatitis says: Nov 30, 2009 11:42 PM

    I have no doubt the Pats can beat the Chargers, Colts, Steelers, and Bengals but this will not be their year. They are done.

  9. SF Saints Fan says: Nov 30, 2009 11:43 PM

    Classic Florio, just classic……..
    I was surprised that Brady was pulled, but he probably would have only thrown another interception.
    Great statement game by the Saints. The Saints were in a slump for a few games, but kept on winning games they could have easily lost. Now it looks like the Saints have gotten their mojo back and are hitting on all cylinders. The difference is that the Saints have a finely tuned V-16 under the hood and just about all the other teams have to settle for a V-8 at best.
    GO SAINTS!!!!!!!
    11-0 BABY!!!!!!!!

  10. tpage218 says: Nov 30, 2009 11:43 PM

    My god the amount you know about football really would fit in a thimble.

  11. red13 says: Nov 30, 2009 11:45 PM

    I’m having a flashback to 2001 when my Rams beat the Pats during the season, but they got us back in the SB when it counted most. The Saints need to keep it in mind that Belichick can come back to haunt you the second time around.

  12. mike s says: Nov 30, 2009 11:46 PM

    I think Florio is just mad because he had Brady and Moss on his fantasy team.

  13. leatherneck says: Nov 30, 2009 11:47 PM

    Today, on Monday Night Football, the New England Patriots football dynasty of the 2000s has come to a shattering end at the hand of the New Orleans Saints.
    In an utter demolition, a complete destruction, a total annihilation, the Saints blew out the Patriots in the Superdome.
    The Patriots, with no Super Bowl championships since the 2004 season (Super Bowl XXXIX), missing most of the stars that made the dynasty, simply no longer have enough horsepower to run with the big boys. There can be no more illusions. The Patriots will need to rebuild, keeping only the best players on their squad like Brady and Mayo.
    This game reminds me of the crushing of the NFC Champion Packers by the ’98 Vikings. Of course, the Vikings lost to the Falcons in the NFC Championship game that year, but the Packers were dethroned as kings of the NFC, and the Packers were denied a dynasty that decade before it could arrive. Randy Moss played in both games, and one day he will tell his story to the adulation of the masses.

  14. se18a29 says: Nov 30, 2009 11:47 PM

    Ain’ts will choke in the playoff. Just wait and see…

  15. ShruggingGalt says: Nov 30, 2009 11:47 PM

    @DBaggins: Florio doesn’t hate the Pats. Just last night he said (or was it Florio Jr?) that the Patriots would strongly beat the Saints tonight.
    And Florio, you’re wrong…they had more than 7 minutes left when Brady threw in the towel…literally. While he was still on the field, down by 3 scores, they RAN the ball…then Brady threw the pick and didn’t even TRY to stop the run back. He just stood there.

  16. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 30, 2009 11:47 PM

    Pats are taking their division fairly easily, but obviously not a contending year. Trading away Seymour for a steal and not lose him to FA gave a hint it might be a retooling year. Retooling year for Pats is still a decent team.
    Have plenty of bright spots and can still score when they are hot, just weren’t today.

  17. American says: Nov 30, 2009 11:48 PM

    Yeah…can’t believe I saw him just give in.

  18. Onderin says: Nov 30, 2009 11:50 PM

    what kinda headline is that?

  19. Sean Martin says: Nov 30, 2009 11:50 PM

    Hey Faggio,
    Did the Bucs already have 38 points on the board? No.
    Were the Saints going to score again if they wanted to? Yes, because the Patriots defense is younger than my son, and I’m twenty-one.
    No, I don’t have a kid.

  20. bucc19 says: Nov 30, 2009 11:51 PM

    Saints are for real, Brees should be MVP now,NOBODY rolls over the Pats like that..

  21. LovinBlue says: Nov 30, 2009 11:52 PM

    When the Pats are up by 21+ with just a few minutes left in the game, they leave their starters in and continue to pass. When they’re down by as much, they pull their starters and pout. What wusses.

  22. artieblanksucsbigD says: Nov 30, 2009 11:53 PM

    SaintsBucsPanther says:
    November 25,2009 9:22PM
    “BLAH,BLAH,BLAH,BLAH,BLAH etc…etc…etc
    GO Falcons!GO Patriots!”
    THANKS MAN! I WAS WORRIED ABOUT THIS ONE! WHEW!! When i saw that comment, i was V E R Y relieved. we are 11-0 with your anti- predictions. keep it up!

  23. Whatever says: Nov 30, 2009 11:54 PM

    Total pouting baby move. Just like passing on an easy FG try and going for 4th and 4 when they were only down 14 with over 4 min. left in the 3rd. He was totally trying to prove a point about going for 4th down. Like a stubborn kid.

  24. Tennessee_Tyrant says: Nov 30, 2009 11:54 PM

    somewhere in America I could hear Herm Edwards reverbing through the neighborhoods ….” YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME …! …”

  25. leatherneck says: Nov 30, 2009 11:54 PM

    In all seriousness, Belichick looks like a man who is utterly drained. He could really use a year’s sabbatical. Have Charlie Weis or Romeo Crennel coach the team for a year and let Belichick recharge his batteries. Keep Weis and Crennel as coordinators. I heard they have a track record of success as coordinators or something like that.

  26. lezmaka says: Nov 30, 2009 11:55 PM

    Considering how much Bill and co. were yakking about playing 60 minutes back in 2007 and not taking Brady out after games were well in hand to pad his stats, it’s surprising that Bill would let his team quit early like that.

  27. Zeppelin53 says: Nov 30, 2009 11:55 PM

    Hmmm, I didn’t know the Steelers were in a playoff spot right now…oh wait, they aren’t.

  28. davis1281 says: Nov 30, 2009 11:55 PM

    Facts Domino says:
    November 30, 2009 11:40 PM
    Manning would have stayed in the game trying his damnedest to will his team to victory. If the threw another int in the process big deal.
    That’s sad that they quit like that. Cheaters or Quitters? At least they have a shoe for each foot now.
    What a DUMBASS!!!!!

  29. 1dayforBills says: Nov 30, 2009 11:56 PM

    Yeah, I’d call that a quit…
    Hopefully the Patriots continue this downward sprial. Maybe they’ll start playing fundemental football, if you got stopped on the first 3 downs, what makes you think 4th is gonna be magical? Burnt them a few times this year. The Patriots ego gets them in trouble.
    Bills for the AFC east!

  30. ILIKEPIE says: Nov 30, 2009 11:57 PM

    So Tom Terrific becomes the Pats new career passing leader on a night he finishes with a 55 QB rating Oh the irony

  31. Phyxsius says: Nov 30, 2009 11:59 PM

    Wow, I didn’t know Belichick meant “playing 60 minutes” only when his team was up 25. What a bunch of pussies. Very embarrassing Patriots.

  32. The Notorious V.I.C. says: Dec 1, 2009 12:01 AM

    Florio, you are an absolute JOKE.

  33. jackbauer9170 says: Dec 1, 2009 12:02 AM

    This article is about the Saints impressive win over the Patriots TONIGHT, not a rout of the Titans weeks ago. Get over it, man. Your pats got their asses handed to them, and you can’t come up with anything better than that?

  34. kdawg says: Dec 1, 2009 12:03 AM

    Kudos’ to Brees (awesome) and the Saints! Vikings fan here and u all totally dominated the Pats. NICE ps Gratz Sharper on your great year as well!

  35. justtosayhimike says: Dec 1, 2009 12:03 AM

    Yeah, you’re wrong.
    Florio doesn’t hate the Pats.
    He’s just retarded.
    Sad NBC, very sad….

  36. WashingtonRedstorms says: Dec 1, 2009 12:04 AM

    Saints vs Vikings NFC Champ……………………..

    Vikings NFC Champs

  37. PeaceSignMoose says: Dec 1, 2009 12:05 AM

    ILIKEPIE, yeah he just played like the guy he passed.

  38. SaintCharlie72 says: Dec 1, 2009 12:06 AM

    Why risk hurting your star players in the last five minutes when the rest of the NE schedule is cake? They’ll win the division and make the playoffs, but with that crappy pass rush and pass D, they won’t get very far. I love the Pats, but they run the same tired offense that’s good enough to beat the creampuffs, but not anyone good.

  39. zydecos34 says: Dec 1, 2009 12:09 AM

    This was the 1st time I’ve seen Belicheat with a clueless expression on his face. Plus seeing Brady on the verge of tears and enjoyed watching Moss worked by mckenzie

  40. Fart Face Killa says: Dec 1, 2009 12:12 AM

    Dildo Baggins….
    Did you really just type that? You’re upset that Florio did write a story about how the Terrible Titans were beating by 59? Really? The Titans sucked, and are marginal now.
    ALMOST making history doesn’t count. Just like they ALMOST won the Super Bowl. There’s a lot of ALMOSTs when it comes to records.
    Sorry but you’re a moron Dildo.

  41. rasalas says: Dec 1, 2009 12:13 AM

    If the Dolphins beat the Patriots at home Sunday, Miami is only one game behind with the tie-breaking advantage. That doesn’t sound too weak to me.

  42. Facts Domino says: Dec 1, 2009 12:13 AM

    Truth hurt davis?
    I guess that makes you the dumb ass.

  43. snnyjcbs says: Dec 1, 2009 12:14 AM

    Did you really expect New England to win this game? The media has kept up the farce that this is still a great team and it is not. They were a great team that has been falling each year since the Giants beat them in the SB.
    It was the great players that are no longer there that made and kept them great. These players are not easy to replace and when you have as many to replace as New England does it is not going to happen. They will fall each year just as the 49ers did, nothing lasts forever.
    The D that I have said was weak all year was eat alive by a much better football team. So now maybe the media can pull their heads out of the coaches ass and start to tell it like it has been, this is not the same New England team of years past and has been in steady decline for the past 3 years, just check points allowed on D for each of the past 3 years, with each year the number gets higher and higher.

  44. UberJet says: Dec 1, 2009 12:15 AM

    They Quit – I’ve never seen a team do that before!
    Tom Baby & Bill Belichucked

  45. AutumnWind999 says: Dec 1, 2009 12:15 AM

    Thanks to Belichick and even more importantly John Carney for blowing the over in this game by 2.5 points. A-holes.

  46. Beardoggs says: Dec 1, 2009 12:17 AM

    WashingtonRedstorms says:
    December 1, 2009 12:04 AM
    Saints vs Vikings NFC Champ……………………..

    Vikings NFC Champs
    Dream on

  47. Jovani Vasquez says: Dec 1, 2009 12:21 AM

    PFTiswhatitis says:
    “I have no doubt the Pats can beat the Chargers, Colts, Steelers, and Bengals but this will not be their year. They are done. ”
    That is a ridiculous statement.
    Philip Rivers is licking his chops.. He would have a field day against that soft, average, undersized and inexperienced secondary.. And all week long I hear about Meriweather and how he spent extra time with Billy B to study the Saints offense so he can lead out there and be a difference maker.. Sorry Brandon.. Two words for you… Burnt Toast. I hope the Red Coats coming marching into San Diego again this coming January.. Its payback time..

  48. stiller43 says: Dec 1, 2009 12:21 AM

    So he’s throwing deep with 30 sec left against the Jets up by 20+ points, and pulls his QB down by 3 scores with over 5 minutes left and an outside chance to come back…makes sense.

  49. darlak says: Dec 1, 2009 12:22 AM

    belichoke and his bride gaydy are done!

  50. dlmcc0909 says: Dec 1, 2009 12:24 AM

    Patriots didnt bother going for it because there was no point. Lets be real here, the Patriots are going to win the division and Belichik knows that. Or does anyone seriously think any of the other AFC East teams are any good? Theyre not. Pats will make the playoffs but probably wont get past any of the other playoff teams besides Cincinnatti if the Bengals make it in.
    Yea the Patriots D is nowhere near as good as it was during their Super Bowl days a few years back. Its not exactly bad either. But lets give credit where credit is due. The Saints just put the league on notice, as if there was any doubt. This is an all time great offense, similar to the St Louis days with Kurt Warner launching the ball all over at will. I dont see anyone stopping them when they get in a rhythm. I know alot of people are excited about Minnesota this year and rightfully so. This is just one of those years for the Saints and i dont see anyone being able to handle them. That city deserves it too. Brees is a man among boys right now

  51. mnmaverick says: Dec 1, 2009 12:25 AM

    The thing is teams like the Pats and Colts don’t have a running game.
    The Vikings have all facets rolling.
    Offensively, defensively, and special teams.
    The Vikes defense with a healthy Antoine Winfield and the proven depth behind him that has played in his absence can match up with multiple receiver sets.
    The Defensive line is second to none when it comes to applying the pressure and the offensive line pass blocks extremely well.
    The Saints are too much like the ’98 Vikings. They rely on the pass too much. What happens when Brees has a bad day? Disaster.

  52. 12+81=7 says: Dec 1, 2009 12:27 AM

    “In an utter demolition, a complete destruction, a total annihilation, the Saints blew out the Patriots in the Superdome.”
    Try to keep it in your pants

  53. doric44 says: Dec 1, 2009 12:29 AM

    here it comes bills win the AFC east at 9-7 !!!!

  54. troll_aikman8 says: Dec 1, 2009 12:30 AM

    I can’t be the only one weirded out by this new “Daddy” phrase.

  55. AngloSackson says: Dec 1, 2009 12:34 AM

    Any word on Moss arguing with that ogre on the sidelines?
    I especially enjoyed how the waterboy was intervening…
    Good to see 84 show himself for the Patriots.

  56. tatum32 says: Dec 1, 2009 12:37 AM

    “How did I know this one was gonna be wrote by Florio, who hates the Pats.”
    They got lit up by the best team in the NFL (until the playoffs)
    deal with it.

  57. PervyHarvin says: Dec 1, 2009 12:37 AM

    Wow, I guess I fell for the Patriots of old.Thought they would win. They are a shell of what they used to be . NFC has risen to the top. Vikings,and Saints best teams in football. Patriots D totally blows,looked liked lil kids out there. Hell,Favre throws pinpoint lasers compared to that Brady guy.

  58. Dana87 says: Dec 1, 2009 12:39 AM

    The reality is that people that don’t like Belichick can and will find a reason in every game to slam him.
    In Indy they killed him because he tried to win the game on that 4th & 2 play, now they are killing him for not trying hard enough to win when down by 21. If Brady got hurt they would kill him for leaving him in. If they completed the comeback, they were either lucky or it there must have been a bad call.
    He could save a family of four from a house fire and they would kill him for not being there earlier to put the fire out.
    Mike, you of all people should understand this because you get killed no matter what you write.

  59. Alpha says: Dec 1, 2009 12:44 AM

    LMAO – watching Bellicheat and Brady looking on with those “Bitter Beer Faces” was one of the highlights of this season. I’m almost sorry the Saints have too much class to give them a taste of their own medicine and run up the score.
    The way Brees was going deep all night, I hear Giselle asked for his number after the game…

  60. VonClausewitz says: Dec 1, 2009 12:45 AM

    The Pats play to win the superbowl. They think about the bigger picture. As much as people think they’re some kind of team of superrobots, they’re humans, many of them noobs, playing for a team which has undergone a massive personnel change. So yeah, excuse them if they think about making sure everyone’s healthy and not psyched out. The Saints were balls out tonite. They went for it and won. BB did the best thing he could do to make sure the Pats would take away from this game the most they could. That attention to detail, whether or not it jives with traditional football thinking is why he’s the best in the game. And props to the Saints, they played great.

  61. kdawg says: Dec 1, 2009 12:49 AM

    Well I would say Saints proved they can dominate and I would say the only game for the Vikings to dominate and prove to the Naysayers is the Bengals! Should be interesting Eh!

  62. shabadoooo says: Dec 1, 2009 12:56 AM

    i can’t stand this crap that people are taking the saints seriously NOW.
    who said the Saints were NOT for real before this game?
    they always were. they were 10-0 before the damn game! sheesh!

  63. Richm2256 says: Dec 1, 2009 12:57 AM

    If the Dolphins beat the Patriots at home Sunday, Miami is only one game behind with the tie-breaking advantage. That doesn’t sound too weak to me.
    If I were younger, and had Brad Pitt’s looks and money, I’d have a good life.
    That doesn’t sound too weak to ME.
    Both have the same chance of happening.

  64. Howie Handles says: Dec 1, 2009 1:13 AM

    “How did I know this one was gonna be wrote by Florio, who hates the Pats.
    Florio you should make a post about how you never made a post about the Pats beating the Titans 59-0, one of the biggest victories in NFL history.
    Florio just can’t seem to get his bias’ out of what he chooses to report on.
    How bout them Giants Florio.”
    Quite your whining already. The Pats got their asses handed to them tonight. Aren’t a few SB wins enough, why do you need Florio’s love?
    BTW, aren’t the Steelers Florio’s team, not the Giants? I mean I know he’s supposed to be team neutral, but the guy is from West Virginia, and I believe he has said in the past that he was a Steelers fan.

  65. Mark0226 says: Dec 1, 2009 1:37 AM

    mnmaverick says: The Saints are too much like the ’98 Vikings. They rely on the pass too much. What happens when Brees has a bad day? Disaster.
    Are you high? The Saints are 5th in the league in rushing with a “bust” and two undrafted free agents at the RB position. In comparison, the Vikes with All Day Peterson are 9th. The Saints’ passing offense is 4th, behind Indy, NE, and Houston. How can you say a team that is in the top five for both passing and rushing rely too much on the pass? They have a very balanced offense and take what the defense is giving them. Brees has already had bad days and they still won, so I guess that answers your question.
    Regarding some post earlier about the Saints not facing a tough defense, do you recall when the Saints met the 5-0 Giants with the #1 rated defense (at the time)? Do you recall how that defense pressured Tom Brady in the Superbowl to win the game? The Saints also faced the 4-0 Jets with a Rex Ryan defense at a time when they were healthy, and they faced the Eagles with a Jimmy Johnson defense.

  66. Route36West says: Dec 1, 2009 1:52 AM

    I think he thought if he kept his starters in that the Saints were going to keep trying to score as many touchdowns as they could. Like the Patriots have done o so many times. I think it was his way of hiding and begging the Saints not to embarrass him anymore. Im just disappointed Sean Peyton showed mercy because with out a shadow of a doubt if the show was on the other foot the Patriots would have tried to put up 100 even if the Saints took out everyone of their starters.
    Even tho I hate the Patriots I have always respected Billicheks talent as a coach but I see this as cowardess and another black mark on his legacy. I dont care what the score is you keep playing no matter what.
    Even if the other team is in their victory package and theres 40 seconds left and no timeouts and their about to take the final kneel of the game. You have your team come off the ball as hard as they can and try to force a bad snap from the center and cause a fumble.
    To alot of us fans the NFL is one of the only good things in our lives. We put everything we have into our favorite teams and if they lose it tears us apart. Not just for an hour but for a week. As a fan in the world of the NFL there is nothing worse then what Bellichek did tonight. Yes they were down by alot but they still had a chance there was enough time to get it done. Its not like there was 2 minutes left or they were down by 35 it was 21.
    If I was a pats fan I would be livid. Im angry and I cant stand the pats. For all the great things Bellichek has accomplished he also has done alot of things that has hurt the NFL as a whole. This is just another one to add to the list. Which seems be happening more and more lately. People need to stop praising this man and release who he is. He is a great game planner and gets the most out of his players but he is also a egomaniac, a cheat, a sore loser, and a bad winner.

  67. danielcp0303 says: Dec 1, 2009 2:17 AM

    That front 4 of the Pats was awful. Brees was never in any danger of getting hit. You have to beat this team the same way teams had to beat the Pats a couple of years ago, pressure with your front 4.

  68. hay1111 says: Dec 1, 2009 2:39 AM

    The Saints rely on the pass too much??? You do know that Brees threw only 23 passes tonight for 5 TD’s and almost 400 yards & they ran the ball 26 times? All season long they’ve been 50/50 on run/pass play calling. They’re the most balanced team in the NFL and if they don’t turn the ball over, nobody will beat them. You know what’s scary? The Saints haven’t even peeked yet & we’re getting healthier each week. Bush, Lance Moore, and our top 3 CB’s were out against Brady/Moss/Welker and they STILL put a beatdown on them. That says alot. Until Minny beats a good team, you don’t even belong in the conversation.

  69. SirSuperSouthern says: Dec 1, 2009 3:30 AM

    Why is it that BB keeps his starters in the game when his team is up by over 30 points (Tennessee game), but pull them when they’re needed to orchestrate a comeback?

  70. CKL says: Dec 1, 2009 3:42 AM

    # Dana87 says: December 1, 2009 12:39 AM
    The reality is that people that don’t like Belichick can and will find a reason in every game to slam him.
    In Indy they killed him because he tried to win the game on that 4th & 2 play, now they are killing him for not trying hard enough to win when down by 21. If Brady got hurt they would kill him for leaving him in. If they completed the comeback, they were either lucky or it there must have been a bad call.
    He could save a family of four from a house fire and they would kill him for not being there earlier to put the fire out.
    Mike, you of all people should understand this because you get killed no matter what you write.
    It’s funny actually. And the fact BB couldn’t give a FVCK less what anyone thinks and doesn’t feel he owes the world at large a detailed explanation for what he does with his team irks them even more.
    BTW-Congrats to the Saints for totally outplaying my team last night. Well done and impressive on all sides of the ball. Kudos to your coaching staff also which obviously prepared your team very well. Pats were outplayed and outcoached thoroughly all night.

  71. this class sucks says: Dec 1, 2009 3:58 AM

    Florio truly doesn’t like any team. He is harder on the Steelers than most because I believe he USED to like them but I think he really doesn’t like Big Ben. He is pretty hard on the Giants (the $100M to Eli) as well. He is very hard on the Pats but also very quick to over rate them.
    Anyone who says “he didn’t want to injure them” or “he was thinking about the Super Bowl” or “he has the division wrapped up,” is an idiot. In the ’07 season all that was just as true. The division was ACTUALLY clinched and he had nothing to gain from playing his starters late in blowouts but he did anyway.
    Bill is really the reason they lost this game. He had a terrible game plan on defense and made several horrible choices on offense. At the end of the half, he should have tried to work for more yards to make it an easier kick than shooting it to the endzone. If they get that field goal than they are down 11 when that 4th and 4 from the 20 comes around. If they get that field goal they are down 8! Even if you ignore the miss at half time they still could have been down 11 with a full quarter to go. Football is all about momentum and maybe that field goal could have helped get the defense going just a little.
    How ever you look at it Bill is slipping. He has lost every big game the Pats have played in since the biggest one in super bowl 42. I think the combination of no cameras, no supporting cast on the staff (Pioli, McDaniels, Weis, Romeo…), trading away defensive corner stones (Vrable, Seymore, Hobbs), has finally caught up to the Pats. For those who say he is rebuilding ask your self why? Moss and Brady aren’t getting better. And if you learned anything from last season, as well as this week from Big Ben and Kurt Warner, players are fragile. If you have the slightest Super Bowl window you have to go for. In 3-5 years (or as soon as next season) you will see the decline of Moss, the O-Line, the D-Line, and many other aspects of the game. They can try to rebuild through the draft but it will be tough to replace guys like Moss and Matt Light. Brady is a QB and IF he stays injury free should be there awhile but if Manning and Favre and Brees have taught us anything its that having a great QB doesn’t mean you will win a Super Bowl every year. I think the Pats dynasty has one maybe two more shots at a title before they will have to go into full blown rebuilding mode.

  72. ajd78 says: Dec 1, 2009 4:28 AM

    Someone tell Florio the Squeelers are THIRD in their own division. And look nothing like a playoff team. Pats would beat them by 30.

  73. SFrancis1680 says: Dec 1, 2009 5:27 AM

    two things: BREES looked like the BEST QB IN FOOTBALL last night and on the Sharper interception, Randy Moss QUIT on the route so MAYBE he should have pulled Moss sooner

  74. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Dec 1, 2009 6:26 AM

    Too many veterans lost on defense and not replaced. You can’t lose that many big play players and not suffer.
    To whomever said the Pats are going to rebuild, they started rebuilding in the off season.
    I know Moss is having a good year, I do, but really, he could be so much better if he played with heart. Based on talent alone, he should end up with all the WR records Rice owns, but talent isn’t everything.
    Jaws said it last night, but it’s been evident his whole career, “he runs hard when he knows the ball’s going to him”.
    Hats off to the Saints, nobody is more accurate than Drew Brees, nobody.

  75. DCViking says: Dec 1, 2009 6:48 AM

    How can you not be impressed by the Saints after last night’s game. They played very well — much better than I anticipated.
    New England, however, looked very un-New Englandish — they were the rattled ones instead of doing the rattled.
    16-0 seems like a real possibility for the Saints — hopefully the Vikings keep winning and get a shot at NO in NO.

  76. goJags says: Dec 1, 2009 6:52 AM

    BB is a nut. Can’t understand that guy’s mind other than he is a great coach. When Pats where playing for the undefeated season he never considered to put Brady in the bench even when the score was lopsided and in the 4th Qtr and was piling points. The great example was in the Week#17 pre-matchup of Superbowl against the Giants he kept Brady all the way risking his injury.
    This guy is a nut. I believe that the Pats time is gone and I don’t think they will win superbowl anymore as their defense is pretty porus and also the Giants had given the blue print on how to attack Brady when the stage of the game is bigger. But again BB is too good a coach who might probably find a way to win somehow the superbowl. But my instinct says they are done in winning superbowls and the emergence of teams like the Steelers, Ravens should challenge the Pats more than anything else.

  77. TheDPR says: Dec 1, 2009 6:54 AM

    Maybe Bill knows how difficult it is to go undefeated in the regular season and then win a championship. Maybe he realizes that by allowing the Saints to remain undefeated there’s a good chance they won’t even be in, let alone win, the Super Bowl.
    Greg Williams has to win some sort of award for what he’s done with the Saints this year.

  78. firesnake says: Dec 1, 2009 6:56 AM

    Everybody saw how the Pats lines – especially the OL, still massively banged up – were shoved around the whole night by the saints. You can’t win anything if your line is being treated like that.
    Sorry, but especially Matt Light (LeVoir was in for long stretches) did not look well.
    The only thing I am pissed about is that the Pats abandoned the run after it worked extremely well in the first drive – which took 7:40 off the clock, and resulted in a TD. Why the hell are you throwing the football like your nuts after that???

  79. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Dec 1, 2009 6:59 AM

    Coach Yoda is a chump. But perhaps he feels he would rather lose the battle than the war.
    Who knows what evil lurks in the mind of Belicheat.

  80. TFBuckFutter says: Dec 1, 2009 7:08 AM

    I love that Belichick can’t even get credit for doing the classy thing, and not dragging out a game he knew he had no real shot of winning. He pulls his starters and runs out the clock, and he’s pouting. He goes for it, and he’s classless for being unable to admit defeat.
    Why can’t more teams do that? Why are teams that are down by 2 or 3 scores calling timeouts with a minute left to go? That’s classless.
    It was a great game by the Saints, and it’s hard to feel any anomosity towards them. Drew Brees is amazing.
    And frankly, I think the adversity will help the Patriots in the long run this season. They have to make adjustments now, rather than possibly during the Super Bowl, which is the only actual adversity they faced in 2007, and which they couldn’t overcome in a short period of time.
    Might want to think about that, Colts and Saints fans who are routing for undefeated seasons.

  81. Bob S. says: Dec 1, 2009 7:35 AM

    This is looking like Belichick is quitting coaching after this season. He also on 4th and four with plenty of time left did not kick the sure short fieldgoal to cut the lead to 11 points(2 scores FG + 8pt TD) and like the ridiculous 4th and 2 on his own 28 in the last 2 minutes in the Colts game and FAILED TO CONVERT AGAIN.
    Suddenly he’s irrational? Became stupid? I think he’s burnt out!

  82. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Dec 1, 2009 7:39 AM

    Did Bill also run off the field with one second left, like the pussy did before?

  83. CharmCityRavens says: Dec 1, 2009 9:30 AM

    Can you possibly get any more infantile with your headlines?
    I can’t stand Brady and the Pats, but c’mon Florio weren’t/aren’t you some type of attorney? Try progressing past the 5th grade.

  84. SmackMyVickUp says: Dec 1, 2009 9:53 AM

    Can’t wait for Favre to say uncle to his new dads Brees and Payton.

  85. purpleguy says: Dec 1, 2009 9:59 AM

    The Saints are the class of the NFL, no doubt.

  86. Noah Botty says: Dec 1, 2009 10:04 AM

    This continues to prove the point that Brady is no Manning…hell, after last night I don’t think Brady is a Brees. Lucky for Brady and Belichick they have a pretty cream puff schedule the rest of the way. They’ll make the playoffs but they won’t go deep (unless maybe they get their video cameras out or get the refs to be creative with the rules for them again…tuck anyone…oh,wait they used that one already).

  87. prophet of the light says: Dec 1, 2009 10:05 AM

    I think Belichick realized that the chances of winning where much lower than the chances of injury. So season ending injury was not worth it.
    Call it what you want, but it was a play to keep his season alive.
    Maybe the loss will fuel the Patriots getting hot.

  88. danlinker says: Dec 1, 2009 10:25 AM

    I usually will not watch the patriots but hey, it was monday night. Hilarious. Loved seeing Brady’s pouty spoiled child expression in the later part of the game on the sidelines. I thought at one point he would stomp his feet or hold his breath.
    Got their butts kicked so bad they gave up? What weasels. Showed their true colors last night.
    Right on Saints. The Patriots were really going to show up these two unbeatens (Indy and NO) right?
    The party is over. And a whole bunch of us are loving it.

  89. bluestree says: Dec 1, 2009 10:37 AM

    Can anybody else smell the fear coming out of Vikes fans?
    Mnmaverick: Saints have no run game, rely too much on the pass? Do you watch much football?

  90. crispy says: Dec 1, 2009 11:15 AM

    Never give up. Never surrender.
    The crew of the NSEA Protector knows it.
    The Colts know it.
    Alas… Belicheat does not…

  91. SteveGrogan says: Dec 1, 2009 11:19 AM

    I don’t look at it as “throwing in the towel”. It was a strategic retreat. Concede this battle, fall back, re-group. He knew Brees wouldn’t give up the ball twice in the time left. It was a smart move. Protect your starters from possible injury and give the backups some game time experience. I just hope the NFL teams think as little of the Pats as most of the commenters here. Believe me, New England is not dead yet. They won a SB once by playing entirely on the road during the playoffs. They can do it again.

  92. Chris Fiorentino says: Dec 1, 2009 12:36 PM

    To those Belichick worshippers who are commending him for quitting when down 21 points with 5+ minutes to go, to avoid an injury to Tom Brady…where were you when Lord Bill was leaving Brady in in the 4th quarter in 2007 when the team was:
    up 42-21 vs Miami…Brady threw a TD pass;
    up 31-7 vs Buffalo…Brady threw a TD pass;
    up 38-0 vs Washington…Brady threw a TD pass;
    Yet when he is down 21 in the 4th Quarter, he decides to rest him? Why? Because he is a kitty kat…a big fat kitty kat. Also, once again, a classy QB(Brees) shows Tom “Bitch” Brady how to do an interview on the field after the game. Brady should be ashamed of himself for how he acts after the game when someone tries to interview him. Manning…Brees…even Romo know how to conduct themselves after a big win or loss. Brady? About as classless as it gets.

  93. packerssuck says: Dec 1, 2009 1:23 PM

    Do the people that still use the term Belicheat know how played out they are? They probably still wear Zubaz and pin their jeans.

  94. Alpha says: Dec 1, 2009 1:39 PM

    Played out? I’ll be using the name Belicheat when I’m talking to my grandkids. It never gets old just like the expressions worn by “Shady Brady and Bill Belicheat” in the 4th quarter.
    They may not have been played out. They were, however, turned out and out-played.

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