Last week's Patriots/Titans game sparked an interesting debate in football communities across the nation. The Patriots exploded for 35 points in the second quarter and entered halftime leading Tennessee 42-0. It was clear New England was the superior team and there was virtually no chance for Tennessee to come back.
So what does Bill Belichick do with a six possession lead and the ball to start the half? He keeps his starters in the game only to see them score again. He goes for it on 4th & 4 late in the fourth quarter. He has backup Matt Hoyer throwing the ball deep with a 53 point cushion.
Simply put, Bill Belichick ran up the score.
After taking some time to collect my thoughts, I wondered: is that OK?
The argument goes, "if you don't like it, do something and stop them." I get that. These are professional football players and they are paid to play the game. I also understand a team could get hot and score points at any time.
These are both valid arguments, but I just don't buy into them.
There comes a point in a game where you stop throwing the football and ease off the accelerator. Belichick's team had the game comfortably won and there was no reason to deliberately embarrass the other team.
Players and coaches alike abide by a code consisting of several unwritten rules:
- Thou shall not speak of another man's contract.
- Thou shall not discuss internal affairs with outsiders.
- Thou shall not interfere with another man's money
There is a time and a place for everything.
Throwing the ball deep into the fourth quarter goes against every rule held in the NFL fraternity.
And if he continues doing that, he may not be in that fraternity for very long.