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Monday, November 16, 2009
Coaches debate Belichick's critical call


NFL Network studio analysts Brian Billick, Steve Maricucci and Mike Martz discussed New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick's decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 from his own 28-yard line in the closing minutes of what would turn out to be a loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night.

Here are some advance quotes from "The Coaches' Show," which will air Monday at 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. (all Eastern).

Billick: "It’s not like it was a knee-jerk decision. Bill Belichick is a lot of things, but rash and impetuous is not one of them. This was not a ‘Yee haw! Let's go do this!’ decision. Everything is always calculated with Belichick. [The Patriots] have a history of this like no other, and basically what it says is that he has more faith in his offense to get 1 yard than he does in his defense to keep Peyton Manning [contained]."

Mariucci: "I probably would have punted it. If you go for it and make it, you're going to win the football game. If you don't make it, you give Peyton Manning just under two minutes to go 30 yards. If you punt it, you give Peyton Manning just under two minutes to go around 65 yards. The Patriots' defense could not stop Manning, so it was a real gutsy call to go for it and finish them off, and it just didn’t work out."

Martz: "Sunday night, I thought he should have punted. But when you look back on it now on film, I can understand why he did what he did."