“People say you live by the sword, you die by the sword, and I guess that’s something people say, but for me, we’re going to be aggressive. That’s the way this team’s going to play and we’re going to go down swinging. Period.”
The speaker most definitely was not Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur after the most second-guessable postseason coaching decision since Seattle’s Pete Carroll left Marshawn Lynch empty-handed in the Super Bowl.
Credit the quote instead to Dolphins coach Brian Flores. Someday, he’ll be the one barking instructions into a headset that, in those few chaotic seconds, will determine whether every drop of sweat spilled for the previous six months will be for naught. The moment calls for clear thinking, but also a mixture of courage, confidence and conviction to make the right choice and be prepared to live with it.