Topic: Bill Belichick accepts blame for Patriot

Bill Belichick accepts blame for Patriot

If any other coach in the NFL made the same unforced error that Bill Belichick made at the end of the ' stunning lo s to the on Sunday, they would be burned at the stake. But because it's Bill Belichick -- arguably the greatest coach of all time -- he gets a pa s for putting tight end on the field for what he thought would be a Hail Mary when really the Dolphins executed .Given his history, Belichick probably deserves a pa s for his blunder, but he wasn't willing to give himself one. On Monday, as he faced an onslaught of questions about the walk-off Joe Flacco Jersey touchdown that became known as the Miracle in Miami, "It starts with me. We have to play better situational football. We'll work to try to achieve that," Belichick said, per ESPN.So why was Gronk on the field?"It would be his ability to play the deep, long throw," Belichick said.And that confirms Belchick's mistake.It really was an unforced error. The Dolphins, trailing by five at Jaylon Ferguson Jersey the time, were positioned at their own 31-yard line. There's no way was going to throw the ball all the way into the end zone, which meant there was no reason for Gronk to be on the field. Sure enough, as Drake made his way toward the end zone, only Gronk stood in his path. Drake took advantage of Gronk's defensive inexperience and lack of acceleration by beating him to Tyus Bowser Jersey the pylon with ease. There was no reason for Gronk to be on the field. IT'S A MIRACLE IN MIAMI The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) Making Belichick's mistake look even worse is the fact that the DolphinsDespite being in a dire situation, the Dolphins knew what they were doing. The Patriots, despite being in total control, looked lost.It's not often the Patriots get exposed, which is what makes Sunday's lo s even more shocking. It wasn't just the final play of the game. Mistake after mistake after mistake by the Patriots preceded the grand finale. mi sed a field goal and an extra point. took a sack at the end of the first half instead of throwing the ball away, which cost the Orlando Brown Jr. Jersey Patriots a field goal. Belichick kicked a field goal in the final seconds instead of trying to put the Dolphins away for good on fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line. The list goes on and on."I think there were a lot of things that could have been better in the entire game. I think the game was a lot more than that play, but certainly that play wasn't a good one for us," Belichick said.Even still, despite the lo s, the Patriots are well on their way to winning the AFC East and earning a first-round bye in the playoffs, which Nick Boyle Jersey also means they'll host a playoff game, which means they'll probably be going back to the AFC title game. The lo s really doesn't impact them that much considering the don't look like they're going to lose their grasp on the top seed in the conference. The win, however, means a ton for the Dolphins, who are 7-6 and . Miami travels to Minnesota on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS, or , try for free).