Whisenhunt stands behind Belichick
Bill Belichick's decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 from the Patriots' 28, with 2:08 to play and New England ahead by six, remained a hot topic of discussion across the NFL Monday.
Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt shared his thoughts when asked by reporters.
"I applaud Coach Belichick for believing in his team and thinking they can get that and having the courage to make that call," Whisenhunt said in comments passed along by ESPN.com NFC West reporter Mike Sando. "The one downside of that is when it doesn't work."
Whisenhunt touched on making unconventional calls like Belichick's and what goes into them from a coaching perspective.
"I think a lot of it is feel for the game, feel for how your team is playing," he said. "I saw part of [the game]. It looked to me like New England was moving up and down the field. At times, they were being very successful offensively. When that is happening, even though you already have confidence in your team, that further builds upon that. When you get into a situation, much like us in the second half, I felt like we could have done just about anything offensively and been successful."
Whisenhunt was asked if a coach risks losing some defensive players with such a decision.
"I don't think so," he responded. "We have said that here before. You have a chance to win the football game. A couple of games earlier for us this year it didn't have anything to do with our defense. It was more about where we were as an offense."