Belichick praises Mariota

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When it comes to heaping praise on opponents, Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t quite as bad as Lou Holtz used to be, but Belichick definitely isn’t afraid to ensure that nothing he says will motivate those he’ll be facing to prepare and to try harder.

The goal in heaping praise also could be to get his own players to prepare and to try harder. Given his team’s periodic struggles against quarterbacks who can make things happen both with their arms and their legs, that could be a good thing.

“They give him quite a bit of responsibility,” Belichick told reporters on Monday regarding Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota. “He can, obviously, handle it well. He did a very good job running the no-huddle offense and making plays and adjustments at the line of scrimmage against Kansas City. If he sees a situation in the passing game that he doesn’t like he’s very strong and athletic enough to extend plays, whether that’s to buy time for the receivers to get open, throw on the run or in some cases advance the ball himself. He can do all of those things and he does a good job with the decision-making process as those situations occur. That goes in the red area, third down and out in the field. He’s a smart player that has good judgment, makes good decisions.”

Belichick and the Patriots have limited experience against Mariota. He faced New England late in his rookie year, but he suffered an injury and didn’t return after throwing only six passes in the game, completing three.

“I don’t really think the game from two years ago is that relevant,” Belichick said. “All players improve a lot over that period of time, especially young ones at that point in their career, certainly at that positon. Mariota’s had a good year. They really have been in the playoffs here the last couple of weeks. They had to win their last regular season game. He brought them from behind 21-3 against Kansas City in Kansas City for a playoff win. I think his performance speaks for itself. I don’t think what happened two years ago really has any bearing at all, whatsoever, on this game. I couldn’t find any relevance to it.”

In that game from December 20, 2015, the score at the time Mariota left also was 21-3. The fact that he was able to lead his team back from that same deficit against the team that beat New England in Week One is impressive, and it’s reason enough for the Patriots to take Mariota very seriously — 13.5-point betting line notwithstanding.

29 responses to “Belichick praises Mariota

  1. Belichick doing Belichick things. Mariota is a below average QB and he is going to be eaten alive this week. The Pats could not have picked a better opponent this weekend.

  2. Sounds like Billy is looking at life beyond his 40 year old quarterback. Maybe we see Mariota in red, white, and blue next year.

  3. Belichick being himself. The Patriots will destroy the Titans this weekend and Belichick knows this. He’s really just stunned how the Patriots path to the SB is always so freaking easy year-after-year.

  4. terripet says:
    January 8, 2018 at 2:48 pm
    This guy would praise Charlies Manson if he was playing against him

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    “Charles is a very bright guy…mumble, mumble…a great leader…
    mumble, mumble…his people really follow him…mumble, mumble…”

  5. Boston Sports Radio wont even talk about the Titans, that’s how little respect they are getting up here.

    The afternoon drive show just opened up with the radio call of the Titans winning, and followed it up with “that should take care of everything Titan related for the week”.

    Luckily for the Patriots, they arent coaching the team. But that is the general feeling I get living up here in Patriot country (im a Giants fan). Tennessee is nothing not than a speed bump on their way to a AFCCG rematch with the Steelers.

    The only thing the fans up here want to talk about is the ESPN Brady hit piece and the countless theories it’s spawned. Tennessee is looked at as a second bye.

  6. If any secondary can make him look good, it’s ours. Although the near absence of Gilmore from the field against the Jets makes me hope the lights are finally on.

  7. The bigger they are, the harder they fall. The arrogance of Patriots fans is ridiculous. Anyone would think they’ve gone 16-0 so far. You can’t score if you’re not on the field. Gonna have a tough time stopping Henry if he runs like last week.

  8. chiefsfolife says:
    January 8, 2018 at 2:55 pm
    Belichick being himself. The Patriots will destroy the Titans this weekend and Belichick knows this. He’s really just stunned how the Patriots path to the SB is always so freaking easy year-after-year.
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    It would be even easier if they had the Chiefs.

  9. Arrowhead isn’t an easy place to win and Marcus made some big plays when he had to. Credit to him!!

    The difference between Arrowhead and Gillette is the team that plays at Gillette won’t cough up an 18 point lead and the coach might just be a little better. QB is pretty good too.

    I am curious to see how Henry does or what BB’s plan is to stop him. That kid is a load.

  10. Titans have a decent defense though I am not entirely sold on Mariota just yet however their run game is so good he can afford to turn the ball over. This will be closer than what most people think I may have trashed the Titans earlier in the year but they are picking up steam at the right time so they shouldn’t be disregarded.

  11. If Henry would have run all year like he did last week the titans would have at least won their division.The arrogance of some people or is it ignorance.He might have even won the titans starting RB job.That “anything can happen”mentality is for people that hope to win,sorry but we Patriots fans have gotten “USED TO WINNING”call it arrogance..I call it confidence.

  12. chiefsfolife says:
    January 8, 2018 at 2:55 pm
    Belichick being himself. The Patriots will destroy the Titans this weekend and Belichick knows this. He’s really just stunned how the Patriots path to the SB is always so freaking easy year-after-year.
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    It always seems easy because we know how dominant of a postseason team NE is, they are more times than not the favorite and that’s why it seems like they get it easy.

    Why isn’t anyone saying the Steelers have it easy with the Jags, who only scored 10 on the Bills. They get to face Bortles.

  13. Mariota can play. He’s right to respect him. Anyone who thinks this game is a lock for NE should be a bit less convinced. Not saying they won’t or can’t win, or lose. These games can come down to one broken play.

  14. “I am not entirely sold on Mariota just yet however their run game is so good he can afford to turn the ball over.”
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    If you think any QB can just turn the ball over in a playoff game against any team, let alone the Pats, and still be ok you’re out of your mind.

    If Mariota throws picks or fumbles the ball during a run, the Pats might beat them by 30. I’m not being an arrogant Pats fan either, it’s just what the Pats do in the playoffs, they get TDs while other teams settle for FGs – giving them additional drives off of TOs is not a suggested recipe for winning. Playing in Foxboro makes good teams crap themselves come playoff time.

  15. Everything Belichick said is fact. Media clowns who don’t believe that Mariota can take down the Pats knows nothing about the NFL. The GOAT Coach/GM and Player combination know how thin the margin really is.

  16. Anyone that saw Mariota’s lack of quit and determination throwing that block in TN’s comeback certainly shouldn’t be expecting him to come into Foxborough and just lie down. I freely admit I had a hard time taking the Titans seriously up until that game, that’s changed.

  17. Anyone on here who thinks the Titans have any sort of chance to even lose by less than 10… I have no words for you. It’s not about liking the Patriots. It’s about the fact that the AFC turns out mediocre wild card teams every single year. Pats win by 17. NE-PIT has been pretty much the AFCCG since Week 10.

  18. terripet says:
    January 8, 2018 at 2:48 pm
    This guy would praise Charlies Manson if he was playing against him
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    That’s probably true. Although if BB has had an achilles heel over the years, it’s been mobile QBs.

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