The Patriots' decision to try an onside kick in the final 2 12 minutes Sunday when they were trailing by six -- rather than kicking deep in the confidence would stop the Steelers and force a punt -- told Ty Law and Troy Brown everything they need to know about Bill Belichick's trust in his defense.
"He doesn't trust them at all," said Law, the former Pro Bowl cornerback. "And would you? I wouldn't trust them, to be honest with you."
"That showed it all to me," concurred Brown, a long-time standout wide receiver with the Pats. "You got three timeouts . . . and you got well over two minutes to go in the ballgame and you don't kick it away and try to play defense behind it? No, you don't trust them."
"Just for one stop?" added Law. "You need one stop to get the ball back in Tom Brady's hands? No, you don't trust your defense."
But both felt that while Belichick must shoulder some of the blame for not putting together a defense that can perform at championship levels, the players have to look in the mirror, as well.
"It's up to the players to perform," said Law. "At some point you got to go out there and make a play."
President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players and his tweeted dis-invite of the Warriors led to some prominent athletes to speak out. Now NFL franchises and their owners are weighing in.
At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump said NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he encouraged NFL fans to walk out of games in protest.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump told the rally.
He also lamented that football has become less violent.
“They’re ruining the game,” he complained.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Lee Nguyen and Kei Kamara scored late goals and the New England Revolution, with a 2-1 win, denied Toronto FC an opportunity to clinch the Supporters' Shield on Saturday.
Kamara scored the go-ahead goal in the 87th minute with a header off Nguyen's cross. The Revs (11-4-5) avoided playoff elimination and extended their undefeated streak at home against Toronto FC (18-5-8) to six games. Toronto has three matches remaining to clinch the Shield with a magic number of three points.
Nguyen opened the scoring for New England in the 82nd minute with his 50th career goal, taking Chris Tierney's lead pass from midfield and finishing through a defensive deflection.
Toronto FC's Nicolas Hasler answered two minutes later with a right-footed volley of Michael Bradley's diagonal cross.
Forwards Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore missed the match for Toronto FC, both due to lower body tightness.