Originally Posted by htismaqe
Still, it's revisionist history to suggest that Belichick had an "easy" decision or anything of the sort.
The unwritten rule is that a starter doesn't lose his job to injury. BB deserves credit for thumbing his nose at tradition...
Oh I agree with that, and BB deserves massive credit.
Keep in mind two things -- first that all coaches, but NFL coaches especially, tend to be very conservative and tend to do the things that, all else being equal, will get them the LEAST criticism if it fails. BB definitely doesn't fall into that category. Picking Brady to start the SB is one example. A less successful one is 4th and 2 against Indy -- A DECISION I SUPPORTED THEN AND SUPPORT NOW. Just because a decision doesn't succeed doesn't mean the wrong choice was made.
Second, BB got crucified in Cleveland for benching, whoever it was -- Kosar I guess. Now he's going against the grain and picking the new guy to start the Super Bowl over the former number 1 pick guy. That takes titanium testicles...