Adam Gase Admits There's No Way to Stop the Patriots' Dreaded 'Double Score'


CBS BostonAmong the many changes to the sport Bill Belichick has generated has been the growing trend of teams deferring after winning the opening coin toss.

Dolphins head coach Adam Gase made that choice two weeks ago when they faced the Patriots in New England. Gase’s defense actually came up with a stop on that opening drive, but Belichick called for a fake punt, which was successful. The Patriots continued their drive and ended up scoring a touchdown to go up 7-0, and they’d never lose that lead. …

Gase was asked why he’d give the ball to Brady to start the game. His answer was interesting.

“Well, if we take the ball, you know what’s going to happen at the end of the half right? They’re going to have six minutes left, they’re going to use all of the clock, and then they’re going to get the ball [again to start the second half] and we’ll be on the sideline and they’ve got a chance to have two scores without us touching the ball,” Gase said.

You know, I respect Adam Gase for this, I really do. A lesser head coach might be tempted to talk a good game about not letting the Patriots score. Maybe make some speech about digging deep and making a stop and how they accept the challenge, blabbity blah. But not my man Adam. He accepts the inevitable and he goes from there. He’s living reality on reality’s terms. In the words of the wise philosopher Harry Callahan, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” And Adam Gase knows his. And expressed it perfectly in one long, run-on sentence of inexorable fate.

After all, what happened in Buffalo?


Field goal before the half, touchdown after the half, the Bills offense standing there helpless to stop the inevitable. What we’ve got with this deferring the kick thing is yet another advancement in football science courtesy of Bill Belichick, coach, GM, innovator, strategist. The Mona Lisa Vito of the football world, as she was of the car … expertise … area.

And frankly it’s refreshing to have guy like Gase acknowledge it. That is how it’s done. That is proper respect. The Beta being submissive, looking down and lowering his front haunches with his tail down to signal he’s been dominated. It shows promise that maybe he’s smart enough to last in the job longer than all the other coaches who thought they could compete as equals. Well done, Gase. We’ll be keeping an eye on you.