Bill Belichick held his weekly phone conference with the media today, and spoke about the Colts, Gronk, the fake punt fail, and Jamie Collins’ block on the extra point try by the Colts.
He was asked how impactful the failed punt attempt by the Colts was on his team and he said since they got good field position and scored it was a good thing.
“Well, it was a good alert play by our punt return unit and Coach [Joe] Judge and Coach [Ray] Ventrone for having those guys well prepared,” Belichick said. “It gave us good field position, and then we were able to capitalize on the field position and turn that into seven points. Any time you get that kind of field position, whether it be on a turnover or in this case on downs, whatever it is, you want to be able to take advantage of it. That was the most important thing and we did that, so that was the best thing about it.
He also talked about Collins block on the extra point and if Collins did that on his own or if the sideline made the call to try that.
“It was an interesting situation. When we scored the touchdown after the fake punt, there was strong consideration given to going for two there, and as it turned out that would have been the right thing to do to go for two. Now there was quite a bit of a time left to go in the game and that one point swing the way it turned out, it would have been better to go for two the way the game turned out, but had there been other scores, like what happened in the Cleveland-Denver game yesterday, with time left that can change the equation a little bit so we elected to kick it and make it a 13-point lead given the amount of time that was left in the game,” Belichick stated. “So, the blocked extra point led to it being a touchdown game instead of a six-point game which as it turned out didn’t make any difference, but had they recovered the onside kick then it would have made a world of difference. I think any time you run a play like that you need some kind of coordination. I don’t think you want a player to do that on his own because you could have one of your interior lineman making the move into a gap where he is trying to get through and then you run into each other and that kind of thing. So, I don’t really think that’s what you’re looking for. If you want to try to run that type of a block, I think you need it coordinated. Otherwise, you’re probably asking for something to go wrong and then you have a good play and you screw it up because it’s just not orchestrated. We definitely didn’t want anybody running where he was going to go.”
To read the rest of his transcript, please GO HERE.