Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser
It came out after the game that the Pats practiced defending that exact play in the lead-up to the Super Bowl. Butler got beaten on the play in practice and Belichick pulled him aside and told him not to let it happen again. Unless you think that the Pats are making the story up? Based on how decisively Browner jammed Kearse at the line, preventing him from screening Butler and leaving Butler a straight line to Lockette, I'm inclined to think that the Pats defense recognized the playcall from the formation.
This. Sure Butler made a hell of a play to intercept, but the Patriots clearly had that scheme on lock down.
Originally Posted by Neo_Version 7
Watching the final two minutes again, it just seemed to me that as the seconds were winding down, the Seahawks were taking too long and/or didn't have plays set up for Wilson to make an attempt to score. Seriously, the look of befuddlement on the Seattle sideline was there. All while the clock was ticking. See: after the Kearse circus catch and Lynch's rush
This. That clock management was turrble. Instead of waiting to see if the Pats were going to take a TO they should have taken one themselves or started running plays.
Originally Posted by lawyerdad
Conservative and boring are pretty normative terms in context - "safe" might be an alternative. And whether the "conservative and boring" choice is appropriate or misguided depends largely on circumstances, risk/reward, etc. While it's certainly true in play-calling there's always a balance between safety (perceived or actual) and predictability, there are times when the relative risks and rewards clearly tip the scales of good judgment in a particular direction.
Yes, the Patriots were expecting a run. But Seattle had three chances to pound it in from the 1/2-yard with Faulk and/or a Wilson sneak. The odds of success, even with the Patriots expecting it, are pretty high. While a fumble is possible, the odds of a catastrophic turnover/mistake would have been far, far lower than on a quick pass into traffic.
I think the Seahawk play-callers may have let their egos and pride in their reputation for being "brave and inspired" impede their judgment. There's nothing "boring" about winning the Super Bowl.
This times a million. Regardless of what that pass would have been considered if it was complete, running the ball, especially with Lynch, would have just been the better way to go as far as I can see. I have heard all the explanations for why they passed it, but it felt to me like Carrol was just playing CYA for his coordinators, which was nice of him, but it was just the wrong call.