Belichick explains what makes Manning a great quarterback

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A day after losing to Peyton Manning and the Broncos in the AFC Championship Game, Patriots coach Bill Belichick detailed exactly what Manning did to give New England’s defense fits.

Belichick said Manning’s ability to run the offense from the line of scrimmage is unmatched in football, and as a result it’s a major struggle for the defense to keep up.

“Manning does a great job,” he said. “Depending on how you’re playing him then he’s going to attack you based on what you’re doing. If you do certain things he’s going to do certain things. If you do other things he’s going to do other things. He’s going to run plays that are good plays against what you’re doing. Runs, passes, schemes, whatever. That’s what makes him a great, great, great quarterback. He’s very, very good at that. He does an excellent job of — particularly in the passing game but he did it in the running game yesterday too — of getting his team in a good play. That doesn’t happen every play, it’s not like he changes every play, I’m not saying that, but situationally, red area, third down, he sees a new look that he thinks he can take advantage of, there’s nobody better at that than he is.”

Belichick and Manning have been rivals for years, but they’re rivals with a lot of respect for each other. Manning called Belichick the best coach in NFL history last week, and now the best coach in history is admitting that Manning stayed a step ahead of his defense on Sunday.

59 responses to “Belichick explains what makes Manning a great quarterback

  1. oh, so now it is the coaches fault Peyton chokes in the BIG game, I thought Peyton was the offensive coordinator of his teams, so then it is his fault.
    I’m not a Brady fan, but I think he is BETTER then Peyton and he has lesser players over the last few years too. I have to say Brady also takes responsibility and never blames anyone, maybe
    the press should stop blaming people for Peytons failures!

  2. “To me he [Manning] is the best of all time. I try to learn as much as I can from him so I can get better”
    – Tom Brady

  3. So… having Wes Welker, Demaryius Walker, Eric Decker, and Julius Thomas has nothing to do with it.

    It ain’t like having A.J. Green, Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu, and jermaine gresham.

  4. Manning was the better QB yesterday. Brady overthrew twice on long throws that would have likely been TDs if he’d connected. Once it was clear he was off the Broncos were able to force the issue and Manning played mistake free.

  5. Imagine what Manning could’ve done with a brilliant coach like Belichick behind him.

    Dungy wasn’t exactly a bad coach himself.

  6. You see that pass Brady sailed 10 yards above a wide open edleman? And i thought they cut Tim Tebow this year…. A complete offense implosion by the Pats. If you gave the offensive linemen riot shields they still wouldn’t have been able to block anyone.

  7. Up until last night I was a Manning hater, just so tired of the good guy act and of all he attention he gets.

    But after Sherman out-Shermaned himself last night I hope Peyton schools this young fool.

    Sherman plays well enough to talk but I just cant get behind that type of trash talk, not good for the game, not good for my kids.

    I really wanted to root for the Seahawks, can’t do it now.

  8. So… having Wes Welker, Demaryius Walker, Eric Decker, and Julius Thomas has nothing to do with it.
    ——-

    Brady has had Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Gronkowski, Hernandez, Chad Johnson, Brandon Lloyd, Danny Amendola, consistently one of the best o-lines in football, best coach in football, and consistently great running game and ZERO SB’s in the past decade.

    Seriously??? Time to shut up and face the facts. Brady cant cary a team to a Superbowl win and he’s had plenty of talent over the years. He only won when he had the best defenses in the NFL.

  9. Manning called Belichick the best coach in NFL history last week, and now the best coach in history is admitting that Manning stayed a step ahead of his defense on Sunday.

    Is it inevitable that Peyton coaches after retiring from the game? In view of the above statement, if that ever happens, what title would that add to Peyton’s overall resume?

  10. stoutfiles says:
    Jan 20, 2014 10:10 AM
    Ouch. Bill basically admitted that Manning is better than Brady.

    Did he call you and tell you that he has always said that he will take Brady over Manning anyday..Give the same weapons to both QBs and see what happens..

    Manning and His Family are very manipulating.. they picked the team which was just one Player away form competing for SB… so lets not compare the two..His father has done that all his life except winning.. Brady has come from humble background and was not born with silver spoon like Manning..

  11. “So… having Wes Welker, Demaryius Walker, Eric Decker, and Julius Thomas has nothing to do with it.

    It ain’t like having A.J. Green, Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu, and jermaine gresham.”

    Besides Wes Welker, who were Demaryius Walker, Eric Decker, and Juliuis Thomas before manning arrived. That is what I thought.

  12. Manning is good, credit to him.

    Pats fan here….while I am sad tonight I am also proud we made it this far in a tough year. We have so much work to do this offseason however. Tom isn’t throwing well, and has declined in the playoffs last 3 years. He cost us last year with the overthrow to Wes. Three more errant passes today again.
    Ryan has shown poise in camp, and it’s time to start preparing him and draft a competent new QB.
    I am also tired of the cheap approach Mr Kraft has under Bills leadership in not acquiring real skilled talent for the team. No WR’s, no star on D, this old song is worn out.
    And Bill, stop with the ridiculous 4th and 7 calls and odd plays….you are a D guru, not an offensive mind.

  13. Besides Wes Welker, who were Demaryius Walker, Eric Decker, and Juliuis Thomas before manning arrived. That is what I thought.


    Who was there QB before Manning was there? Oh yeah, Tebow.

    Who was Wes Welker before Brady?

  14. Besides Wes Welker, who were Demaryius Walker, Eric Decker, and Juliuis Thomas before manning arrived. That is what I thought.

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Demaryius Walker was a 1st round pick.

    Eric Decker had 612 yards – 8 tds WITH Tim Tebow.

    Julius Thomas >>> jermaine gresham

  15. “Brady has had Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Gronkowski, Hernandez, Chad Johnson, Brandon Lloyd, Danny Amendola, consistently one of the best o-lines in football, best coach in football, and consistently great running game and ZERO SB’s in the past decade.”

    Uhhh Lloyd and Johnson never learned the Belichick system and were exposed as hard heads who refused to learn a system. Moss and Welker were available when the Pats seemingly had no running game when Moss and Welker were covered and no tight end as a safety blanket. Ben Watson and Maroney…seriously? When we had Gronk and Hernandez, Welker was our only receiving threat and btw GRONK was NEVER healthy enough during a playoff run. Oh and not to mention how bad our defense has been these last few years. We were on our way to one of our best defenses in a while this season until injuries caught up to us. The Broncos offense and defense for that matter will finally be seriously tested in the Super Bowl. You give Brady just a couple of Mannings targets this season, we’d be on our way to the Super Bowl too. Stop knocking Brady.

  16. truthfactory says: Jan 20, 2014 10:21 AM

    So… having Wes Welker, Demaryius Walker, Eric Decker, and Julius Thomas has nothing to do with it.
    ——-

    Brady has had Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Gronkowski, Hernandez, Chad Johnson, Brandon Lloyd, Danny Amendola, consistently one of the best o-lines in football, best coach in football, and consistently great running game and ZERO SB’s in the past decade.

    Seriously??? Time to shut up and face the facts. Brady cant cary a team to a Superbowl win and he’s had plenty of talent over the years. He only won when he had the best defenses in the NFL.

    Guess what, NEITHER has Manning!!!!!!!! “carried a team to SB win”

    His one SB win, 3 games 3 TD’s and 7 picks, it was because of his D getting hot at a good time and AV kicking 5 FG vs Baltimore.

  17. Brady had a bad day, no doubt. But he was throwing to special teams players, like Mathew Slater on go route. A true WR, would have made a better effort on that pass.

    Denarius Thomas was a stud WR, before Manning got there. Manning has clearly made them better.

  18. fanofevilempire says: Jan 20, 2014 10:40 AM

    Brady is finished, you people up there must be crazy, I think the Jets would want him.


    Yes we know, we hear it every year. but some how they are always in it at the end. so stupid!

  19. I am also tired of the cheap approach Mr Kraft has under Bills leadership in not acquiring real skilled talent for the team. No WR’s, no star on D, this old song is worn out.
    ______________________________

    Denver just played in their first AFC Championship since 2005 and this will be their first Super Bowl appearance since 1998. The way Kraft and BB have built this team are what has brought them 3 rings, 5 SB appearances, 8 AFC Championship Appearances, and 13 straight winning seasons. Their depth this year brought them to a game they shouldn’t have been playing in… They lost Hernandez, Gronk, Wilfork, Kelly, and Mayo all for the year. Several significant players spent time out like Vereen, Amendola, Denard, Talib, Spikes, Gregory etc…

    You can’t win a championship if you don’t play for one, you can’t play for one without the depth, and you don’t get depth when you blow your cap one one or two players.

  20. Several significant players spent time out like Vereen, Amendola, Denard, Talib, Spikes, Gregory etc…


    You speak about losing Gregory being out like that’s a bad thing.

  21. truthfactory says:Jan 20, 2014 10:21 AM

    So… having Wes Welker, Demaryius Walker, Eric Decker, and Julius Thomas has nothing to do with it.

    Of course those players have something to do with it. Football is the consummate team sport. And you know what else? The great team defenses that NE had back in 2001-2005 had something to do with Brady’s postseason success, as well.
    If you prefer to state that Manning is only as successful as his team…go for it. Just admit that the same reasoning applies to Brady also.

  22. Brady and Manning are judged by different sets of criteria. Brady gets all the credit all year for getting this team as far as they’ve gotten, but when they lose, none of it’s his fault, it’s because the team isn’t good enough, even though he played poorly. If he’s going to get all the credit he at least needs to shoulder some of the blame. When Manning loses, it’s always his fault or he choked, no matter the short comings of his team. Brady gets credit for doing great with mediocre weapons, but his championship teams were built around defense. Manning’s teams were built around him, with great weapons, but mediocre defenses, so when they lose, he shoulders all the blame.

  23. FYI – I’m a Pats fan. Congratulations to the Broncos and I NEVER thought I’d say this but – Go Broncos!!

    BB – Draft Troy Niklas from Notre Dame. Gronk is toast.

  24. It’s Manning vs. BB not Brady.

    Hard not to like BB, a student of the game and a darn good teacher.

    -Bills fan

  25. Manning is a reminder of when QBs called their own game. The HC and OC came up with a game plan, but the QB called the plays from the field.
    Personally, I’d like to see that be the case again, but it won’t happen. Too many egos involved. I think it’s gotten to the point where head coaches should just meet at the 50 yard line and sit down to a game of checkers or chess. It’s gotten farther away from a game about players and more of a complex head-game between coaches with players in supporting roles.

  26. I hope Manning has 5 more good years in his career. He is so fun to watch. Hated him when he played in the AFC South. Great player and a competitor. Some of the throws he made in that Championship Game, only he can do. Anticipation, touch, Line-Of-Scrimmage adjustments. He is the best QB in the modern-era no doubt.

  27. fanofevilempire says:
    Jan 20, 2014 11:03 AM
    11-11, Yeah, greatest ever.

    —————————————-

    Since 2004, Brady is 8-8 in playoffs, 0 SB wins. His first few years, the defense carried them to SB’s.

    In the same timeframe Manning is 10-6 with 1 SB win.

  28. fanofevilempire says: Jan 20, 2014 10:12 AM

    oh, so now it is the coaches fault Peyton chokes in the BIG game, I thought Peyton was the offensive coordinator of his teams, so then it is his fault.
    I’m not a Brady fan, but I think he is BETTER then Peyton and he has lesser players over the last few years too. I have to say Brady also takes responsibility and never blames anyone, maybe
    the press should stop blaming people for Peytons failures!
    ==================================
    Dude, seriously, just how long HAS your mom put lead paint sprinkles on your corn flakes? They’re both metals but how about doing your lithium instead of lead chips.

  29. The sad truth is Belichick knows what he needs to beat Manning, and he doesn’t have it.
    It takes players like Ty Law and Rodney Harrison, who would change positions on a play regardless of where they lined up, Law would play safety and Harrison corner or just blitz, to confuse the heck out of Manning.
    Its been a while since Bill has had those types of Patriots. The last one left when he sent Vrabel to KC, and he doesn’t seem to be able to find those guys in the draft. Heck, he has been looking for a Willie McGinest replacement (oversized linebacker, smaller faster lineman) for a while now. It seems that was his biggest issue with Seymour, he wasn’t Willie.
    Anyway, losing to Manning is respectable, losing to Pete Carroll, who was run out of New England and replaced with Bill, in the SuperBowl would have been degrading. The Pats couldn’t handle Seattle, Denver has a better chance, but not by much.

  30. gacoltfan says: Jan 20, 2014 11:35 AM

    fanofevilempire says:
    Jan 20, 2014 11:03 AM
    11-11, Yeah, greatest ever.

    —————————————-

    Since 2004, Brady is 8-8 in playoffs, 0 SB wins. His first few years, the defense carried them to SB’s.

    In the same timeframe Manning is 10-6 with 1 SB win.

    Breaking it down in segments to try and make your argument doesn’t change the facts.

    Bottom line, if they both retired today

    Brady 18-8 (best all time)
    Manning 11-11

    Again, the ONLY SB manning has , his D carried them. That and 5 FG vs Baltimore. for that run , Manning 3 TD’s 7 int’s

  31. To expand on my point, from a Superbowl story:

    To get back here, he won nearly all of the cat-and-mouse games — on some occasions switching positions with safety Rodney Harrison to confuse the Colts — that made the difference. On one of his picks, he baited Manning and Marvin Harrison to give the illusion he was beaten on a post-corner move, then pointed (Babe Ruth-style?) to Rodney Harrison while catching up to the throw.

    Bill can’t get guys that can do this anymore, they don’t even stay around long enough to understand their own role in the defense, let alone, the whole thing.

  32. tremoluxman- You’re off-base in your analysis. “QB’s called their own game” when there were MUCH fewer offensive and defensive schemes across the league. Defenses have evolved; there’s a reason only one (maybe a couple more) QB excels at calling their own plays in today’s NFL. When you have staff watching tape during the game, seeing what the defenses are doing from a much better angle and relaying that info to the coaches on the sideline, why shouldn’t they provide their input in to what they feel is the appropriate play?

    If the QB calls the play off and runs something else (which happens all the time), that’s one thing. But to act like QB’s should literally call all the plays is to put the team at a serious disadvantage. To think otherwise is a recipe for disaster (and, ultimately, a loss).

  33. doctorrustbelt says:
    Jan 20, 2014 10:13 AM
    So… having Wes Welker, Demaryius Walker, Eric Decker, and Julius Thomas has nothing to do with it.

    It ain’t like having A.J. Green, Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu, and jermaine gresham.

    18 92

    Doctor, who the hell was Demaryius Thomas before Manning? Manning turns this group into the best receiving core, not the other way around. Nobody talked about Demaryius when Tim Tebow was throwing to him. Eric Decker to for that matter. Let’s take a look at their stats pre and during Manning:

    Pre-Manning
    2010: ED 106 yards 1 TD, DT 283 yards 2 TD
    2011: ED 612 yards 8 TD, DT 551 yards 4 TD

    W/ Manning:
    2012: ED 1064 yards 13 TD, DT 1434 yards 10 TD
    2013: ED 1288 yards 11 TD, DT 1430 yards 14 TD

    See a slight difference there at all? You can’t take credit from Manning for having a better receiving core when HE MAKES them a better receiving core.

  34. You get 2 for 1 with Manning – OC and QB. And a better OC than just about any pure OC that I can think of.

    Lots of QBs have the same or better physical talent than Manning, but are hamstrung by poor coaching/play calling. Manning usually gets the most out of his skills.

  35. Since 2004, Brady is 8-8 in playoffs, 0 SB wins. His first few years, the defense carried them to SB’s.

    In the same timeframe Manning is 10-6 with 1 SB win.


    And your #’s are a little off,

    Since 2004 Brady is 12-8 in the playoffs with 1 SB
    Manning is 9-6 with 1 SB, that the defense carried them to the SB, manning in his SB run in 06, 7 int’s 3 TD’s

  36. Manning, Brady, Belichick – these are all-time greats of the game. Everyone has their own personal opinions, but we are fortunate to be seeing these all-time best players and coaches competing against one another.

    I’m sure this is the same with every wave of greats, but it’s hard to imagine how these guys will be exceeded in the future. They are the best of what this game has to offer.

  37. Brady is a good quarterback but Manning is much Better and BB knows it just like he knows that Dan Marino is the best ever!!! Can you imagine the numbers he would have in todays easy to pass the ball NFL!!! If he would have had any of the Pats defenses or Broncos defenses he would have atleast a dozen superbowl appearances!!! Probably 80-90 thousand yards and another 80-90 touchdowns maybe more!!
    Manning even said that Marino’s numbers back in the day were just ridicoulus and couldn’t imagine what he could do in todays NFL!!! If some of you never saw him play look up “Heart Of A Champion” or at the least youtube Dan Marino and you will see what I am talking about!!
    Oh and those of you that say Brady has no big recievers to throw to Marino’s best recievers were two guys called the Marks brothers. Mark Clayton and Mark Duper both of whom were only ‘5″9 tall!! Look it up and enjoy!!!!

  38. Pats fan here….while I am sad tonight I am also proud we made it this far in a tough year. We have so much work to do this offseason however. Tom isn’t throwing well, and has declined in the playoffs last 3 years. He cost us last year with the overthrow to Wes. Three more errant passes today again.
    Ryan has shown poise in camp, and it’s time to start preparing him and draft a competent new QB.
    I am also tired of the cheap approach Mr Kraft has under Bills leadership in not acquiring real skilled talent for the team. No WR’s, no star on D, this old song is worn out.
    And Bill, stop with the ridiculous 4th and 7 calls and odd plays….you are a D guru, not an offensive mind.”

    Belicheat is right. You Pats fans are spoiled. Made to the AFC Championship game 2 years in a row. Only have 2 losing seasons in the last 20 years. Your coach & QB out performed the talent on the rest of the roster this year and came up short against the best season a QB has ever had. I hope you enjoy coming back to earth once both Brady & Bill retire. I, and most other fans, would love to have had the last decade of ‘underperforming’ that the Patriots have had since their last super bowl win. What a spoiled, whiny fan base the Patriots have become.

  39. I hate to say it. Most of the Pats haters on here are right. The reason the Pats won superbowls was with defense and special teams play. Brady was average during the wins. And Charles Barkley was right. Pats fans, me included, are spoiled. Peyton is a better QB then Brady. He has a better arm and is a the prototypical NFL QB. If he had a defense while he was on the Colts he would have more rings on his fingers. With the salary cap you need to have balance on your team to win. Spend some money on the offense and some on the defense. The Patriots have won the division almost every year, however, they have a lot of road losses and losses against good teams like last year when they played the NFC West. They lost to Arizona, Seattle and the Niners. But they have a good coach and everyone can say he cheated but you need to take off your jealousy glasses for a second. My problem with them is they have a no name defensive coordinator and McDummy as the offensive coordinator. When Romeo was there the defense was tough and rushed the QB hard. This zone defense they play sucks. I bet with O’Brien and Romeo in Houston they will be a contender. Bill B. stated today that there would be personnel changes. I sure hope that means Matt Patricia is gone. Get a real defensive coordinator.

    Don’t get me wrong I support my team but Brady has looked average for a while. But I don’t know if that is due to age, injury or because he lacks weapons. I want to see Peyton light it up, but I wouldn’t mind seeing the Hawks beat up on them either. The Pats would have lost to either the Niners or Hawks anyway. Just being in the AFC championship gave was a huge achievement. Most fan bases would love to see their team there. Pats fans just whine and complain most of the time. Wait till they are in the basement again and see if the real fans stick around.

  40. if it wasn’t for the pick, he wouldn’t have all those yards and TDs . he did it at INDY, NOW DENVER

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