The Patriots' lack of urgency in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Jets -- when, while trailing by 10 (21-11), they wiped nearly eight minutes off the clock in a drive that failed to produce any points -- was a point of contention in New England, but was defended by both coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.
On Wednesday, though, Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino publicly questioned the strategy, as well.
"They weren't even in a hurry-up mode with 13 minutes left," the former Dolphin said on his weekly Dan Marino Show on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel web site. "They were running the ball with Danny Woodhead, and if you're Rex Ryan and the Jets, you have got to love the fact they are just handing the ball to Woodhead.
"You gotta be kidding me, right? I mean, they're handing the ball off? So, I didn't get that part of it. And they ate up six, seven minutes of clock. And they ended up with a fourth-and-15 and didn't score. That's really where they hurt themselves. They were huddling up. They were taking their time.
"I didn't get that part."
Read all of Marino's comments, on both the Patriots-Jets game and other NFL playoff games, here.