The revisionist story has long been popular among fans of losing football teams, and that fact was evident after the New England Patriots’ loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.
No, we’re not talking about Ramondre Stevens and Jacoby Meyers, who decided to sideline the ball in a tie game with no time left. It was a bad decision before, during and after the performance. We’re talking about the notion that New England should have tried a hailstorm instead of a tie game, resulting in one of the worst losses in recent Patriots memory.
Popular position After Sunday afternoon’s upset, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked if he regretted calling Hail Mary late in the game. His answer? “Can’t throw it that far.”
So Patriots quarterback Mack Jones, the man tasked with making the long throw, did not agree.
“No,” Jones replied if he thought the shooting would go too far, according to his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “Merloni, Fauria & Mego.” “I think we clearly have a plan in this situation. You obviously have to think about everything in that situation and (Belichick) did. It’s his job and obviously he’s been doing it for a long time, but whatever the play is – I’m going to go with it and do my best.
“If hail was Mary, hail was Mary. If it was a run, it was a run. That’s what I always say to myself no matter the situation, “What is my job and how do I do it?” “
Some context was missing in the revisionist history. Not only did Jones have to get into the end zone, but his receivers needed to be given plenty of time to get down the field, with Max Crosby and Chandler Jones rushing a questionable Patriots offensive line. The odds of all of that happening and Jones throwing a pass to one of the receivers were about as likely as they got.