Expect Faulk to have a big game
Here are the keys to victory for the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There is little doubt that the most intriguing, but under-reported, subplot of Super Bowl XXXIX is the in-game alterations at which both coaching staffs have demonstrated they are so adept.
In a league where the much-discussed "halftime adjustments" are more myth than reality, and where head coaches become paralyzed by the unexpected, Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Eagles counterpart Andy Reid excel at the art of flexibility. They can be football chameleons, able to change colors from one series to the next, and are superb at thinking on the fly.
Asked on Friday, in his final press conference of the week, about his responsibility to remain even-keeled on the sideline, Belichick acknowledged that is, indeed, paramount for him and the coaches around him.
"I think that, as a coach, a big part of my job is decision-making throughout the course of the game," Belichick conceded. "I have to focus on what's coming ahead. It's my job to be in a position to do what I need to do, to make the decisions I need to make, because that's what people are counting on me to do."
Still, while Super Bowl XXXIX sets up more than any other championship matchup in recent history as a "coach's game," it will be up to the players to execute. And here are five player-related reasons why, come Sunday night, New England will have won a third Super Bowl title in four seasons:
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. To check out Len's chat archive, click here .