Thursday, December 21, 2006

Two Coaches vs One?

The Patriots are playing Jacksonville on Sunday and the Jets are playing Miami on Monday. The Patriots just need one win or one Jets loss in the final two games to win the AFC East. I have to wonder if Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been on the phone with Miami coach Nick Saban to help game-plan against the Jets and their coach Eric Mangini. I wonder this because not only is a Jets loss in the Patriots interest (and Belichick is famous for covering all the details) but there is a personal dynamic at work at well.

Nick Saban and Bill Belichick used to work together and there is still a friendship (both personal and professional). Meanwhile Eric Mangini used to work for Bill Belichick but now Belichick strongly dislikes Mangini (I stopped short of using the word "hates").

The other reason I bring this up is because it is hard to imagine a worse situation for a coach to be in than to be playing a game on the road where the game plan against you was drawn up by Bill Belichick and Nick Saban (two of the best minds in the game). Right now the Dolphins are a 2.5 point favorite and if Nick and Bill are indeed plotting together - then I think I'll be giving those 2.5 points and taking Miami come Monday night.

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