New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick wanted no parts of a reporter’s question about his decision to leave quarterback Tom Brady for the entirety of their 35-17 victory against the Miami Dolphins.
The outcome was never really in doubt for the Patriots after they ran up a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. They took the 35-17 lead with slightly less than eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter off of a touchdown pass from Brady to wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
Belichick explained why he felt no need to get Brady out of the game after that.
“It’s easy for you to sit there and say the game’s out of hand,” Belichick said, via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “If you watch games in the National Football League, a lot can change in a hurry.”
Belichick is correct that leads can evaporate in a hurry, however, an 18-point lead against the Matt Moore quarterbacked Dolphins was likely safe.
Taking Brady out of the game was probably a thought that didn’t cross his mind. An 18-point lead is not nearly enough for an NFL coach to feel comfortable, but the game really was out of reach.
It was completely reasonable for a reporter to ask if the thought crossed his mind to take Brady out of the game.