NFL coaches live and die by their decisions, we all know that. And it's fair to say that New England Patriots long-standing coach Bill Belichick has been fairly successful in that regard during his tenure at the franchise.
But Minnesota Vikings' star wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is certain the Patriots coach got one particular decision wrong in the summer of 2013 and he is hoping to make the veteran coach rue his mistake when the Vikings take on the Patriots this weekend.
The mistake in question was the New England Patriots decision to trade the 29th pick of the 2013 NFL draft for four Vikings picks - a move that allowed Minnesota to select Patterson out of Tennessee.
"I've seen a little article today where Belichick, I think he said he didn't want me," Patterson said at a Thursday media session.
"So that's the kind of things that stick in the back of a player's head. And you get out there, you just want to beat the defense up since people say things like that."
With Patterson having recorded 102 rushing yards (yes that is rushing) as well as 26 yards in the air in Week One - rounded of by a spectacular touchdown run - it certainly seems unwise for the Patriots coach to give the star receiver any further reason to put in a stellar performance on Sunday.
Is Belichick to blame?
Whether Bill Belichick has actually made such comments against Patterson remains unclear, with a scan of this week's articles failing to identify the incriminating evidence - but that may not matter in the grand scheme of things.
If Patterson believes the Patriots man has slighted him it will motivate him regardless of whether the controversial coach ever even uttered the words.
Belichick has fielded questions about Cordarelle Patterson in the run up to the game however, and did reaffirm that he was happy with how the 2013 draft went down:
"We made the decision based on what we felt was best for our team," Belichick told The Star Tribune. "That's what we always do. We felt like at that time it would be the best thing for our team, and that's what we did."
Cordarelle Patterson has quickly established himself as a major difference maker in the NFL in just one season (and one game).
Racking up 10 touchdowns in 17 stars through a combination of impressive ground and air work you might forgive the Patriots for ruing their selection choice.
That is not the Patriots, or Belichick's way, however as we all know and you can be pretty certain the veteran coach will be eager not to allow Patterson any bragging rights when Sunday afternoon is complete.
The Patriots have bigger issues to contend with apart from Patterson meanwhile. After a shock defeat to the Miami Dolphins in Week One they will need to bounce back against the Vikings in order to convince onlookers that the 2014 season isn't going to pass them by.
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