Thursday, January 13, 2011
Mr. Belichick-All Business
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New England head coach Bill Belichick is a man of few words, and preaches to his Patriots to let their play do the talking. In what has been a week filled with bantering by Rex Ryan’s Jets, Belichick has beseeched his squad to ignore Gang Green’s pregame chatter. New England’s head man acknowledges that Sunday’s contest will be a challenge, noting that the Jets are a formidable opponent.
“They’re a good football team all the way across the board,” recognized Belichick. “They’re good on offense, defense (and) special teams.” “(They) beat the Colts in Indianapolis. We all know how tough that is. Everything concerns me. They’re good all the way across the board.”
Belichick takes special notice to Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and his ability to rally Gang Green in the closing moments of games.
“He’s done a great job this year,” mumbled Belichick. “There have been a lot of close games and (he has) brought them from behind, like in the Detroit game and the overtime games.” “(In) Cleveland, he made a bunch of big plays there. He’s done an excellent job in some tough situations and brought the team back and won for them.
I think anytime a quarterback does that, that’s what you want on your résumé.”
On the Patriots side of the ball, their offensive brilliance stems from the use of multiple personnel groupings; creating a dynamic and versatile attack. The Jets will have to be cognizant of New England’s packages and substitutions in order to identify the matchup they’re trying to exploit.
“I think in every game, you’re always looking for matchups,” noted Belicheck. “You try to create the ones that you feel give you an advantage and try to minimize the ones that you think don’t give you an advantage or give your opponent an advantage.” “However you want to look at it. I think that’s part of every game, whether it’s offense, defense (or) special teams. It really transcends through any sport. You try to find matchups that are advantageous. If you can find them, you try to utilize those and get the most out of them.”
Belichick was then asked whether he is going to have a pregame race with Rex Ryan. The Patriots coach responded true to form.
Belicheck stated, “I think we’ll do our best to win on Sunday.”