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Matthew Slater explains decision to kick in OT

Matthew Slater explains decision to kick in OT

On the coin toss decision…
Before we went out for the toss Coach told us if we won the toss that we wanted to kick off. Obviously as a player, you ask three or four times just to double check because you want to make sure you got it right. So we (went) out there (and) we won the toss. We chose to kick off just like Coach instructed us to. The only confusion was whether or not we got to choose which direction we get to kick the ball. Because we won the toss and we chose to kick off, then they got to choose which way they wanted to receive the ball. That’s the way it was explained to me. Obviously, we wanted to kick off. That’s what Coach wanted to do so that’s what we did. So when we won the toss we elected to kick off.
On what he discussed with the official…
Yeah, I was just trying to get clarification because we wanted to kick the other way but we weren’t able to make that decision because we won the toss and we chose to kick off. That was the end of our decision making. We didn’t get to decide which way we got to kick it off as well.
On if he knew that he did not get to decide the direction of kickoff…
No, I didn’t. That’s why I asked for clarification. There’s not much to it. We wanted to kick off. We won the toss. We kicked off which is what we wanted to do.
On if he questioned Coach Belichick’s decision to kick off…
No, I just asked him three or four times just to make sure I’m not the guy that goes up there (and decides), ‘Yeah, we want to kick off’. So I double checked three or four times. I think he was looking at me like, ‘Are you concussed?’ because I kept asking him. But that’s what he wanted to do. You never question Coach’s decision making. He’s the best in the business and we trust him fully. So that’s what we did.

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