Earlier this week I was reading the SB Pat's Blog completely enjoying the sense of panic that that was quite apparent there. However there was one posting that was designed to lift their fans spirit and after reading it I knew we were perhaps over confident and I started to worry about this game. The posting had this link which is about a quality I believe both BB and Rex share, and it is the reason Rex was so mad about the time out that Mark called just before he scored at the end of the half. Why would Rex say it was
Pretty strong language for giving the Pats some extra time on the clock What evoked such a strong reaction?Referencing the article above
"Knowledge is not genius, which is something completely different and far, far, far less valuable. Genius is a marketer’s brand that is as superficial as an iron-on alligator on a golf shirt. Genius also is—as David Harris recognized in his biography of Bill Walsh entitled The Genius—a brand that inevitably will turn on the article—the coach’s knowledge—to which it is attached. “Perhaps worst of all,” Harris wrote, “the [genius] label created a host of expectations that [Walsh] would have to meet or exceed simply to avoid being considered less than himself.” On the other hand, knowledge is power and power is control. So, pursuant to some elementary school math property or another, knowledge is control. And control is what every NFL coach seeks in every NFL game.
Rex was smart enough to know the time-out gave BB the keys to the kingdom. Before the time-out the Pats were not doing anything really offensively. They had no TDs. If they got the ball with 30 seconds left in the half they would play conservatively and sit on it or try a couple of long sideline passes to their WRs. They would not try to mount a drive up the field using short passes to their tight ends in the middle of the field. But with more then a minute left, they could try that strategy using a hurry up no huddle offense. It worked and they scored a TD. BB now had a knowledge of what seemed to work against us. This was a strategy that he used in the second half, when time was not a factor. Rex knew he could no longer hide our weaknesses.