Bill Belichick has come out with an explanation on why the Patriots decided not to go for it on fourth down in over time. The Patriots were close to pulling out the upset of the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday but came out one play short. Mac Jones through a walk off pick 6 which sealed the fate of the Patriots. There were some good things that came out during the game. The offense looked improvement as did the confidence of Jones.
But the Patriots are still missing something as a whole. Some people questioned why Bill Belichick decided not to go for it on fourth down in overtime though. He has responded to those questions.
“No, not really,” he said during a “Greg Hill Show” interview after the game. “With (Cowboys kicker Greg) Zuerlein, his field goal range, they can play on a pretty short field there, so if that’s when you’re talking about one first down could probably beat you there.”
“So, no, not really.”
Bill Belichick Explains Why Patriots Didn’t Go For It On Fourth Down In OT
He also talked about the game as a whole and the disappointing lose to the Dallas Cowboys.
“Tough one to lose tonight,” Belichick told reporters after the game.
“Give Dallas credit,” said Belichick. “They’re a good team, well coached. We just came up a little bit short. I thought we went toe-to-toe with them for 60 minutes. They just made a few more plays than we did. Let’s give them credit for that and move on.”
“They’re a good team and that’s what you have to do,” he explained. “You have to stop them.”
“He did a good job,” Belichick said of Prescott. “You know there were a lot of times where I thought we had him covered pretty well but he was able to extend some plays and made some great throws. They have very good skill players.”
“We covered a flat receiver and then they beat us on the over route,” he summarized, “another extended play. Obviously didn’t play it well enough, didn’t coach it well enough.”