Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather visited with the Dale & Holley show and addressed the controversial fourth-down call in last night's loss to the Colts. He said he had no problem upon seeing his coach's decision.
"I was excited. I was ecstatic," Meriweather said. "To trust the defense so much to give Peyton Manning the ball on the 20-yard line, or better yet, go for it to win the game right there, you've got to be excited. You've got to be behind him 100 [percent]. Whenever Bill makes a decision like that, we're always behind him, That's the Bill Belichick everybody knows."
Meriweather said he did not take the decision as Belichick questioning the defense.
"No, not at all. Peyton Manning did have two late, great drives, but that's Peyton Manning. We're a bend-but-don't-break defense. I'm sure Bill thought that if he goes ahead and wins the game, then we don't have to give Peyton Manning the ball at all, we don't even have to try. At the same time, he made a decision and the team stuck behind him 100 [percent]."
Meriweather said he's disappointed the defense allowed the Colts to rally from 17 points down in the fourth quarter.
"This the second time the offense gave the defense a lead and we didn't keep it," Meriweather said. "This is the second time this year. I thought we learned from the first time against Denver, but apparently we've still got some learning to do."
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