When it comes to the New England Patriots and the plan for their running game, it’s as hard as predicting the weather. You think you know what’s going to happen, but then, at the last minute, everything changes.
Star running back of week eleven, Jonas Gray, felt the full force of the unpredictability that the Patriots like to employ at the tailback position on Sunday when he was completely left out of the game following a fantastic effort against Indianapolis Colts just a week earlier.
But this situation for the Patriots had a little less to do with changing up the gameplan and a little more to do with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick punishing the 201 yards and four touchdowns hero of the week before.
As we all know by now, Gray woke up late and missed practice during the week because he forgot to set his alarm clock. Not one to suffer fools, Belichick kept Gray out of the whole of the Patriots 34-9 win against Detroit Lions on Sunday in one of the bravest and boldest decisions by an NFL head coach in some time.
Just one week after being the MVP he was the villain. And Bill Belichick showed yet again how masterful he is as a coach by hanging Gray out to dry in such a way. People may question Belichick’s methods, but one thing’s for sure; Gray will certainly not be breaking any team rules ever again after this embarrassment.
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