Bill Belichick during the Patriots-Dolphins game Sunday. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- It’s the biggest guessing game in town right now – what possessed Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick, whose reputation as pro football’s greatest coach is based on attending to details that mere mortal coaches overlook, to bungle his defensive substitutions on the final play of Sunday’s game in Miami, allowing the Dolphins to complete a fantastic trick play and win the game?
Based on the cross-section that calls sports talk radio, the fans are grasping for answers.
But I believe I can clear up this mystery right here and now.
Bill Belichick made a mistake.
He screwed up, had a brain cramp, dropped the ball.
He botched it, flubbed it, mishandled it, bollixed it, loused it up. He goofed, blundered, mismanaged.
In other words, he’s human.
And while many are clamoring for more of an explanation, as they often – fruitlessly – do with this man of few words, the fact is Belichick has copped to his fumble.
“We have to a better job of that. It starts with me,” he said of the game-ending play. “We’ve got to play better situational football. We’ll work to try to achieve that.”
There you go. Really, what more do you want?
Count me out of the crowd that’s moaning and groaning for a more expansive mea culpa.
If only we had more leaders--in business, politics, or anywhere--who were equally ready to own up to their errors.
President Trump is supposed to be a big pal of Belichick’s. Imagine how much better off he’d be if he was willing to eat a little crow once in awhile?
This wasn’t the coach’s first bad mistake and it won’t be his last. End of story.
Let’s move on, and hope he and the Pats get it together.
Because those who forget the mistakes of the past are condemned to repeat them.
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