What the New England Patriots did in Super Bowl 51 was spectacular. It was a come back story that even Hollywood would have laughed off. Coming back from 25 points to force over time with 17 minutes left in the game is nothing any of us have ever seen before. This team never said die.
Falcons head coach is trying to cope with the massive choke and has reached out to other coaches who coached teams that blew massive leads.
#Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he has talked with Steve Kerr and Terry Francona about deal with difficult losses to end the season.
— Jason Cole (@JasonColeBR) March 29, 2017
Steve Kerr was of course the head coach of the Golden State Warriors who blew a 3-1 series lead to the Cleveland Cavs and Terry Francona headed the Cleveland Indians who blew a 3-1 series lead to the Chicago Cubs. The only thing about these two guys that Quinn went to, is they have also won championships, so not only do they have the experience of choking, but they are at least winners.
Why didn’t Quinn reach out to Joe Torre? He blew a 3-0 lead to the 2004 Boston Red Sox. Somehow that all gets lost in all this 3-1 talk. The Yankees Blew a 3-0 AND a 3-1 lead. We didn’t forget about you New York.
I’m trying to figure out what’s worse, blowing a 3-1 series lead or a 25 point. In both scenarios, a championship is right there at your grasp. Each game in a 3-1 series can be close, you just end up losing a tight game, but being up 25, you overpowered your opponent, then couldn’t get the job done down the stretch. I think the 25 point lead is way worse. Giving up a 31 unanswered points is way worse than blowing a 3-1 lead.
That being said, it has to be tough, Quinn has probably had countless sleepless nights. Literally all he had to do was run the ball every single possession late in the 3rd quarter, instead they passed the ball more than ever which lead to a lot of stopped clock. Poor guy (as I sip out of my Super Bowl LI Champions mug).