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Bill Belichick: Nobody is going to catch Mike Wallace

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As Patriots coach Bill Belichick prepares for the Steelers on Sunday, he says stopping receiver Mike Wallace is going to be a huge challenge for his defense.

“He’s a big-play receiver. He’s really fast,” Belichick said of Wallace. “Nobody is going to catch him, so you have to be careful about how much space he gets when he catches the ball. I think he’s improved a lot from when we played them last year, just as a football player, his patience and route technique.”

If Wallace has improved a lot from when the Patriots played him last year, that could be trouble: Last year Wallace had eight catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns against the Patriots.

Wallace, who leads the league with six catches of 40 or more yards, is the best deep threat in football. The Providence Journal notes that Belichick could have had Wallace in the 2009 NFL draft but instead chose receiver Brandon Tate, who’s no longer with the Patriots, with the 83rd overall pick. The Steelers took Wallace 84th. It’s fun to think about what kind of passing game the Patriots could have if they added Wallace, but suggesting now that the Patriots should have taken Wallace then sounds like 20/20 hindsight.

In any event, Belichick knows his defense has its hands full with Wallace.

“He stretches the field, but he can also take a short pass and turn it into a long run, so you have to defend him from the line of scrimmage to the back of the end zone and from sideline to sideline,” Belichick said. “He’s a tough guy to match up on.”

Wallace is one of the toughest matchup problems in the NFL.

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35 Responses to “Bill Belichick: Nobody is going to catch Mike Wallace”
  1. museluver says: Oct 28, 2011 9:34 AM

    ‎”The Providence Journal notes that Belichick could have had Wallace in the 2009 NFL draft but instead chose receiver Brandon Tate, who’s no longer with the Patriots, with the 83rd overall pick. The Steelers took Wallace 84th.” – I LOATHE IT when the media does that. With the Pats it’s not a guarantee Wallace turns out to be the stud he is today… Pfft!

  2. usmarine75 says: Oct 28, 2011 9:34 AM

    Don’t need him we have Chad Jackson… oh wait, nevermind. Maybe someone can page Julian Edelman and get him out of that hot tub he’s been in for 2 years… I already put Taylor Price’s pic on a milk carton.

  3. dukemarc says: Oct 28, 2011 9:42 AM

    Sam Shields had no problem doing that last February.

  4. skeefe1976 says: Oct 28, 2011 9:48 AM

    EVERY TEAM could have had Tom Brady…thankfully, we do!

  5. citizenstrange says: Oct 28, 2011 9:54 AM

    For the game to be close the Steelers have to score some points when it matters. When the game is still in the balance.

    The Steelers were down 23-3 in the fourth quarter before they got all those yards and a couple of garbage time TDs.

    The game was never close and Roethlisberger threw a fourth quarter pick six just to make sure.

    GO STEELERS!

  6. kravenm3 says: Oct 28, 2011 9:55 AM

    @ dukemarc

    If you call allowing 9 receptions for 89 yards and a 25 yrd. TD “stopping” someone then, yeah, Sam Shields knocked it out of the park.

  7. citizenstrange says: Oct 28, 2011 9:58 AM

    skeefe1976 says:
    Oct 28, 2011 9:48 AM
    EVERY TEAM could have had Tom Brady…thankfully, we do
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The Patriots only took Tom Brady in the sixth because my Steelers shrewdly snatched up Tee Martin in the fifth.

    GO STEELERS!

  8. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says: Oct 28, 2011 10:00 AM

    Megatron is the best deep threat in football. Mike Wallace is one of the best WR in football though, by far, the best thing the Steelers have going for them. It probably helps that Wallace has Roethlisberger throwing to him; a man who is an expert in going deep, even when the opponent is doing everything in it’s power to stop him.

  9. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 28, 2011 10:09 AM

    Why does it always seem a little fake when Belicheat makes statements like this?

    Despite the Pats horrible pass “D”, watch Wallace end up not being a factor at all during this game…

  10. turdfurgerson68 says: Oct 28, 2011 10:16 AM

    Wow, this is a steelers and patriots article, with a focus on bill belichick, and there’s not one ‘belicheat’ comment…yet.

    I congratulate you, Steeler fans…you’re showing some class.

    Of course, the same can’t be said of NY Jet fans…

  11. tfbuckfutter says: Oct 28, 2011 10:17 AM

    Are any other Pats fans concerned that, with everybody noting how Tom Brady has owned the Steelers, he very well may come out with a clunker of a game, especially following the bye week?

  12. paulieorkid says: Oct 28, 2011 10:17 AM

    Some times teams make the right call. Some times they make the wrong call. And the stakes usually involve Lombardis in the trophy case, or lack of them.

    1998: Colts on the clock with the 1.01. They take Peyton. A *lot* of teams would have instead taken Leaf. Colts got it right. They won a Super Bowl with a team that would have been dreadful but for Peyton. The Chargers have yet to win one in their history.

    2005: ‘Niners need a QB and are picking with the 1.01. They have Aaron Rodgers lighting it up in their back yard. The ‘Niners take Smith. Smith is mounting a mini-rally of sorts, but Aaron Rodgers is 1 or 1A in terms of where he sits. ‘Niners blew it. Green Bay has won a Super Bowl in the Rodgers era, and appear to be one of the mightiest forces in the League. The ‘Niners have been also rans since ’05, but are making a little splash now.

    2010: Suh and McCoy are debated at DT. The Lions go Suh. Barring injury down the road, the Lions made the right call.

  13. karwan87 says: Oct 28, 2011 10:22 AM

    Brady and welker well pick that D apart, and there isn’t a thing wallace can do to stop them.

  14. turdfurgerson68 says: Oct 28, 2011 10:22 AM

    Wow, this is a steelers and patriots article, with a focus on bill belichick, and there’s not one ‘belicheat’ comment…yet.

    I congratulate you, Steeler fans…you’re showing some class.

    Of course, the same can’t be said of NY Jet fans

  15. bozosforall says: Oct 28, 2011 10:22 AM

    Yet more proof that Belichick isn’t the draft wizard that most Pats fans delusionally think that he is.

  16. boblavoie says: Oct 28, 2011 10:33 AM

    Can you say blitz!
    Pats can’t give Roethlisberger a chance to find Wallace. This is where New England needs to improve – ranking last in the league in pass defense just don’t cut it.

  17. alexr5111 says: Oct 28, 2011 10:46 AM

    Yes, because the Patriots passing game is really struggling right now without Mike Wallace. If only Belichick could bring in talent to New England. Stop.

  18. portnoychunk says: Oct 28, 2011 10:51 AM

    …the Pats also have the best record in football over the past 10 seasons…so it appears he has an idea how to build a competitive football team year in and year out.

  19. forthelove says: Oct 28, 2011 11:07 AM

    Is there any rhyme or reason to what let’s someone’s comment get posted or not? Seems pretty random which ones of mine make it through…. Is there a link somewhere explaining this?

  20. dennis2488 says: Oct 28, 2011 11:48 AM

    if anybody remembers last years game, the steelers were getting molested and mike wallace put up some serious garbage time stats.

  21. blackngoldimmortals says: Oct 28, 2011 11:55 AM

    Great, now wallace I’d going to get a big head and not be focused. Reverse physcology.

  22. Deb says: Oct 28, 2011 12:26 PM

    We already know Wallace is fast. The point is that Belichick doesn’t give opponents bulletin-board material they can use to rev themselves up before a game–and he doesn’t let his players mouth off, either. Love LaMarr Woodley, but that’s a policy I wish he, former Steeler Anthony Smith, and others would have adopted. Let your play do your talking.

  23. westclaims says: Oct 28, 2011 12:28 PM

    Patrick Petersen can catch him. The td Wallace scored against the cards was on a play on which Petersen was NOT covering him.

  24. henrykissingerisgod says: Oct 28, 2011 12:41 PM

    bill belicheck is an overrated coach who lucked into drafting one of the greatest qbs in history in the sixth round….

  25. ijahru says: Oct 28, 2011 12:41 PM

    30 other teams also passed on Wallace. Don’t make it sound like the Patriots messed up

  26. 6ball says: Oct 28, 2011 1:24 PM

    .

    Is the Mike Wallace we’ll see on Sunday the same player who was drafted midway through the third round? Let’s give credit to Wallace for exceeding expectations, rather than trying to bash the Patriots for drafting Tate who struggled to stay healthy.

    I can’t recall a lot of clamor for Wallace to go in round one.

    .

  27. steelcurtainn says: Oct 28, 2011 2:36 PM

    I have to agree with Beli. Nobody is gonna catch Mike Haul-ass. Expect a 40+ plus yd bomb again this week against the Pats D. The game will be alot closer then last year. Steelers Win on a field goal at the end.

  28. lawboy2000 says: Oct 28, 2011 3:24 PM

    Tee Martin…

    I just threw up in my mouth.

    What do expect from the same team that held into Kordell Stewart so long?

  29. lawboy2000 says: Oct 28, 2011 3:27 PM

    By the way, let’s not give Sam Shields credit for the Packers win. The Packers defense gave up enough points to lose the game. They just happened to receive pick-6 gift to tilt the balance in their favor.

  30. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 28, 2011 4:38 PM

    “If Wallace has improved a lot from when the Patriots played him last year, that could be trouble: Last year Wallace had eight catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns against the Patriots.”

    Agreed. He killed the Patriots during garbage time.

  31. infectorman says: Oct 28, 2011 5:15 PM

    henrykissingerisgod say:bill belicheck is an overrated coach who lucked into drafting one of the greatest qbs in history in the sixth round….

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Ya Know, thats a really good point. It’s highly likley that a coach that has won 5 Superbowl Rings over the last 1/4 Century or so would get the “Over-Rated” tag since I’m sure he was just in the right place at the right time (over and Over) – just like drafting Brady in the 6th round, on a whim, I’m sure.
    Its these meaningful, insightful posts that keep us coming back for more, so Please keep posting this e-gold as much as possible. This is the kind of comment that separates YOU ( and Numero Uno BOZO) from everyone else on this PFT.

    keep up the good work Brutha

  32. henrykissingerisgod says: Oct 28, 2011 6:21 PM

    infectorman

    my post was not meaningful, i wrote it in 30 seconds with no thought whatsoever to upset some jack@ss and apparently it worked…way to succumb to me you dolt

  33. TheWizard says: Oct 28, 2011 8:57 PM

    i wrote it in 30 seconds with no thought whatsoever

    Never would have guessed.

    Get a life. Punk.

  34. forthelove says: Oct 28, 2011 11:54 PM

    @infectorman
    @TheWizard

    I lost count… how many rings has BB won since he got caught cheating?

  35. sasquash20 says: Oct 29, 2011 1:31 AM

    D.Jackson is the best big play player in football. I’m not saying hes the best wr in football but no one is even close to him in tds over 30 yards since he came into the league. I would rather have Wallace as my wr, he is the better overall wr.

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