Robert Kraft questioned Bill Belichick choosing wind in OT

Sep 21, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft greets New England Revolution fans after the game against D.C. United at Gillette Stadium. The New England Revolution won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

A lot of people were shocked when New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick chose the wind after winning the toss in their overtime match up against the Denver Broncos. Essentially, they gave Peyton Manning a chance to beat them without ever touching the football, but it all worked out for them.

“When Bill chose the wind, I said, ‘What is he doing?’” Kraft said, via the Boston Herald. “Someone (in my box) said, ‘Don’t you have a phone down there?’ … But I spoke with (Belichick) and chatted about it with him afterward, and once again, he was on top of things. What they figured out was, by choosing the wind, it was an incremental 20 yards that they needed to be able to kick, and sure enough, it was a very wise decision.

“Probably, as a fan, I don’t think 80 to 90 percent of our fans would think giving Peyton Manning the ball in overtime was going to be in our best interest.”

Had it not worked out for the Patriots, it could have been a very different response. Instead he looks like a genius. Even his players didn’t get it and talked to him about it on the sideline to try and understand.

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