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Clearly, he didn’t mean to make a DeflateGate joke, did he?

Nah. Former Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins head coach Dave Wannstedt was merely speaking in football terms when he talked about what he believes will be the New England Patriots’ game plan Sunday in the Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons.

“I think Belichick is going to take the air out of the football,” Wannstedt told reporters on Thursday. Then, he caught himself.

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“I mean in football terms, he’s going to take the air out of the football, and by that I mean he’s going to try to shorten the game and keep Atlanta off the field as much as possible,” Wannstedt said.

Now, that makes sense. The Atlanta Falcons have an explosive offense featuring quarterback Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, arguably the best wide receiver in football. It would make complete sense to  keep that unit off the field as much as possible.

Former NFL head coach: Bill Belichick will ‘take the air out of the football’ in the Super Bowl Elsa/Getty Images
Ray Marcano About the author:
Ray grew up in the Bronx, New York, so no surprise --- he's a lifelong New York Yankee fan. He's suffered through the last 40 years of bad New York hoops (he's a Knicks fan) and gets occasional giggles from the Rangers (NHL finals last year!).  In addition to his ...Read more
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