FOXBORO – Who knows the personnel, the coaches, the ins-and-outs of what it takes to win an NFL playoff game better than Bill Belichick?
Nobody. What a stupid question I asked. I apologize.
Anyway, since Belichick was in a talkative mood Wednesday and there’s no game looming, I prodded him to tell me if he had a feeling for who’d win the four games this weekend.
“No. I don’t think anybody – I mean, how can you?” he blanched. “Look at last weekend. I saw something where Pittsburgh had like a one percent chance of being in the playoffs or whatever it was, some ridiculously low number. Yet they were within however close you want to call it to being in the playoffs – a missed field goal. However you want to slice it. However much that field goal missed by – a foot or whatever it was. Nobody knows.
‘The league is so competitive that – look, it isn’t even who has the better team. It’s just who plays better,” said Belichick.
(That, of course, is what Kordell Stewart and the Steelers were trying to say in January 2002.)
Belichick added, “It’s not four out of seven or two out of three. You get one opportunity to do it and whatever team can perform better on that day moves on. Who knows who that’s going to be?”
Generally? It will be the team that follows football’s Hippocratic Oath: “First, do no harm to yourself.”