Bill Belichick on OMF: Brandon Bolden getting goal-line carries over Sony Michel isn't big deal

Ryan Hannable
October 14, 2019 - 6:21 pm

One of the takeaways from Thursday's win over the Giants was Sony Michel being replaced on the goal-line for Brandon Bolden, and then later on in the game Tom Brady taking matters into his own hands with quarterback sneaks, including on one play from the 4-yard line.

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Michel has struggled at times in short-yardage this season, but when asked about Bolden replacing Michel near the goal-line last Thursday during his weekly appearance on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Monday, Bill Belichick indicated it wasn't that big of a deal.

“Look, Brandon is a big back. Brandon can play on all downs, so can Sony," he said. "I mean whoever is in there, I don’t think it is that big of a deal.”

For the year, Michel has 348 yards and three touchdowns on 100 carries. Meanwhile, Bolden has 12 rushes for 45 yards and two touchdowns.

Belichick said Bolden has earned more carries, but also has been needed due to injury.

“Sure he has," he said. "He’s gotten some opportunities this year based on James White missed a game and Rex (Burkhead) has missed a little time. He’s kind of our fourth back, but has really become our third back in situations. He’s a good one because he can play on all four downs — first, second, third and of course fourth down. He is a very valuable player for us.”

It should also be noted the Patriots' offensive line has had its ups and downs as well this season, which certainly has impacted the running game.

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