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Belichick saved his timeouts until after the two-minute warning against the Cardinals in Week 1 this season

Belichick, meanwhile, is just about the gold standard of NFL coaches in terms of decision-making, with only John Harbaugh of the Ravens looming as an obviously more aggressive coach. Belichick obviously has a strong weapon in Tom Brady and his ability to convert on fourth-and-short, either with concise passing or with one of Brady’s many successful sneaks. The future Hall of Famer is now 107-for-119 (90.0 percent) trying to convert on third or fourth down with 2 yards or less to go with his legs.

The one problem that has popped up, most noticeably in the Super Bowl, has been Belichick’s somewhat erratic timeout usage late in games. While some will claim in hindsight that Belichick was a genius to let the clock run against the Seahawks as they lined up for what looked to be a Super Bowl-winning score, it took a small miracle to stop Seattle, and the Patriots would surely have been better-positioned after a score had they used their timeouts. Arguments to the contrary are driven by hindsight and dubious.

The one problem that has popped up, most noticeably in the Super Bowl, has been Belichick’s somewhat erratic timeout usage late in games. While some will claim in hindsight that Belichick was a genius to let the clock run against the Seahawks as they lined up for what looked to be a Super Bowl-winning score, it took a small miracle to stop Seattle, and the Patriots would surely have been better-positioned after a score had they used their timeouts. Arguments to the contrary are driven by hindsight and dubious.

Belichick saved his timeouts until after the two-minute warning against the Cardinals in Week 1 this season and had it work out again; the Patriots nursed a two-point lead, sweating out a potential game-winning Chandler Catanzaro 46-yard field goal attempt — a dangerous game for a guy who had been 16-of-18 on kicks between 40 and 49 yards up to that point. Catanzaro missed, bailing out Belichick yet again.