Bill Belichick: Falcons look faster than almost every team they play

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The Patriots haven’t faced the Falcons since the 2013 season and Atlanta’s team has changed considerably since they lost to the Patriots 30-23 on their way to a 4-12 season.

Belichick outlined one of the biggest differences he sees in this year’s Falcons team when he fielded a question about the stamp Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff has put on the team. After noting that he worked with Dimitroff’s father when both men were with the Browns and with Dimitroff when he was in charge of college scouting in New England, Belichick noted Atlanta is “explosive offensively” and pointed to how fast the Falcons are playing on defense.

“I’d say the stamp on the team, the thing that I would notice the most is just the speed, the team speed that the Falcons have,” Belichick said during a conference call. “They have a lot of fast guys. Defensively they close up space very quickly. Their linebackers run well. Their defensive line, although they have a couple of big, strong, physical guys in there, overall they have usually nine or 10 players on the field that I would say are fast. They’re either as fast or faster than probably what the average speed of their position is in the league. I’d say that’s a big stamp that he has put on the team.”

Later in the call, Belichick said that he saw similarities between the Falcons defense and the one Dan Quinn ran when he was the defensive coordinator with the Seahawks. That unit hasn’t posted the same kind of results as the Seattle one did on their way to a 28-24 loss to the Patriots in the Super Bowl two years ago, but they’ll get a chance at gaining a better result in Houston.

65 responses to “Bill Belichick: Falcons look faster than almost every team they play

  1. Quinn has stressed being fast and physical, and it’s showing up on the field. They don’t have the stats of the Seattle defense (yet) but a lot of that is because we have 7 guys who are rookies or 2nd year players starting and it took them until the week 11 bye to really come together as a unit.

  2. Not as fast at Belichick dodging the media when he loses another Superbowl.

  3. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    Jan 24, 2017 2:01 PM
    Not as fast at Belichick dodging the media when he loses another Superbowl.
    ——–
    You miss spelled Cam Newton.

  4. Pats D will semi-neautralize Julio, so can Falcons still score more against the NFL’s top-rated scoring defense than the Brady Bunch can put on Falcons’ D? Hmm. I think not so 34-27 to Pats is my guess, but frankly it wouldn’t be a shock at all if the Falcons pulled off a win given Ryan’s on fire.

  5. “BB compliments his opponent before a game……Mike Tomlin calls them a-holes….

    Any questions?”

    That’s not a fair comparison. Its well known Belichick says similar things about the Pats opponents. The difference is no Patriot player would dare stream those comments live.

  6. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    Jan 24, 2017 2:01 PM
    Not as fast at Belichick dodging the media when he loses another Superbowl.
    ___________
    OR… win another super bowl

  7. “CPT Dinky-Dunk Brady should have no problem throwing checkdowns against the Falcons.”

    Yeah those bombs he was torching the Steelers with all last game were certainly dink and dunk. And the ones again Houston too.

    Not to mention the Pats led the league in completions of 20+ yards in the air or more this season, or maybe they ended up 2nd after Atlanta but either way you show yourself clueless by parroting a favored Pats hater myth.

  8. jjackwagon says:
    Jan 24, 2017 1:58 PM
    CPT Dinky-Dunk Brady should have no problem throwing checkdowns against the Falcons.

    ———————-

    Wasnt there an article last week about how collectively great the final 4 qb were (and yeah, Ryan, Rodgers, Roethlesberger, and Brady is quite a foursome) that also said that Brady had the highest YPC of any of them? I seem to remember that because I was surprised how different reality can be from perception.

  9. CPT Dinky-Dunk Brady should have no problem throwing checkdowns against the Falcons.

    _______________/////////__________

    Just like he did against the Steelers right?

    He takes what they give him.

  10. BB has the Dirty Birds dissected already. Training and execution implementation has begun. The master will have them ready. All they have to do is play to their potential and we have ring #5

  11. harrisonhits2 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 2:08 PM
    “CPT Dinky-Dunk Brady should have no problem throwing checkdowns against the Falcons.”

    Yeah those bombs he was torching the Steelers with all last game were certainly dink and dunk. And the ones again Houston too.

    Not to mention the Pats led the league in completions of 20+ yards in the air or more this season, or maybe they ended up 2nd after Atlanta but either way you show yourself clueless by parroting a favored Pats hater myth.

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    These guys’ teams could not make it to the SB or take down the Pats so they so desperately hope the Falcons can somehow do what their teams could not. It’s really kind of pathetic when you think about it.

    As for the Falcons and their fans, I suspect this will be a really close game and could definitely see the Falcons pulling out a win. But I would not bet against the Patriots. But I respect the Falcons, their coach and like Matt Ryan a lot. He is a great QB. Here is to a great game win or lose.

  12. They also, as I recall, entered the NFC-C game with virtually nobody on their injury report. After a full regular NFL season it is almost unheard of to be that healthy. Their strength and conditioning staff is earning their pay big-time.

  13. SouthStander says:
    Jan 24, 2017 2:14 PM
    Of course, they do when the patriots have a soft schedule year in and year out.

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    You are correct. The NFL should really try and find 31 new teams and hope some of them can give the Patriots some actual competition.

  14. Ironic

    Defensive points per game
    2016 NE 15.7 ppg
    and that’s the lowest in the NFL since…..
    2013 Seahawks 14.6 ppg

    (2014 Seattle 16.3 ppg 2015 KC 17.4 ppg)

  15. jjackwagon says:
    Jan 24, 2017 1:58 PM
    CPT Dinky-Dunk Brady should have no problem throwing checkdowns against the Falcons.
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    Brady’s yards per pass is the same as Brees.

    It’s higher than Matt Ryan, Luck, Dalton and Eli.

    I would have told you it was the same as Montana and more than Farve and Elway, but because you think Brady is dink and dunk, I can tell that you’re new to the sport called football.

  16. SouthStander says:
    Jan 24, 2017 2:14 PM
    Of course, they do when the Patriots have a soft schedule year in and year out.
    +++++++++++++++++

    Not sure what that has to do with Atlanta’s team speed, or reality for that matter. Most actual football fans realize the schedule for all but 2 games determined by finish has been written in advance since 2002. It ensures that each team faces every other at least once every four years and the divisional schedules are as fair as possible. Speaking of divisions the AFCE has averaged more wins per team than any other division over the last 10 years. But please do go on, the greater the reach to throw shade at what New England has accomplished the bigger the laugh we get from it.

  17. .
    The Falcons have many players who are not well known due to their youth and the fact that Atlanta was not on national TV often. However, they are seriously fast, both on offense and defense.
    .

  18. This is going to be a real game between two complete and healthy teams. There are weaknesses on both teams, but it’s going to be a chess match to exploit it. For me, slight Patriots edge, but only if they can handle the 3 and 4 man rush (blitz and Brady kills u). If they can’t handle the 4, the edge disappears.

  19. bassplucker says:
    Jan 24, 2017 2:20 PM
    They also, as I recall, entered the NFC-C game with virtually nobody on their injury report. After a full regular NFL season it is almost unheard of to be that healthy. Their strength and conditioning staff is earning their pay big-time.

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    Not on the injury report, no, but our Pro Bowl CB Desmond Trufant, starting DT/DE Adrian Clayborn, starting DT/DE Derrick Shelby, starting WLB Sean Weatherspoon, starting TE Jacob Tamme, and backup SS Kemal Ishmael are all on IR this year.

  20. The Falcons is a stout team. With the fast defense just like the Hawks and with Ryan precision, the Falcons is an exquisite headache to any team that plays them,including the Patriots.

  21. ricko1112 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 2:30 PM

    Brady’s yards per pass is the same as Brees.

    It’s higher than Matt Ryan, Luck, Dalton and Eli.

    I would have told you it was the same as Montana and more than Farve and Elway, but because you think Brady is dink and dunk, I can tell that you’re new to the sport called football.

    —————–

    I don’t know what you’re smoking, but I want some.

    Matt Ryan put up an historic 9.26 yards per attempt this season (regular season, it’s higher in the playoffs) which is the highest ever in NFL history for a season.

    Brady was 2nd by a full yard at 8.23 followed by Cousins at 8.11 and Prescott at 7.99

  22. When more than a quarter of your season goes to the Dolphins, Jets, and Bills what else would you expect?

  23. This is shaping up to be a really great Super Bowl.
    Most years you can look at one or both teams and see one or more weaknesses that are ripe for exploiting. These are two really good teams who are playing really good football right now.

    The winner and the loser are both almost certain to be right back in the mix again next season. With Manning retiring and Cam exposed you sure couldn’t say that last year.

  24. chargerdillon says:
    Jan 24, 2017 3:18 PM
    When more than a quarter of your season goes to the Dolphins, Jets, and Bills what else would you expect?

    It’s expected that they would win 5 of 6, then 9 of 10 outside the division, without the best QB in football for 25% of the games. It’s called dominance.

    Maybe your team should try that next year.

  25. By chargerdillon: When more than a quarter of your season goes to the Dolphins, Jets, and Bills what else would you expect?

    —–

    The AFC East has more wins in 2016 than the NFC South. They were tied for wins in 2015. If you look before that since the 2002 realignment, the NFC South has never had a better win total than the AFC East.

    Kind of settles that argument.

  26. This is going to be a real game between two complete and healthy teams.

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    Well, healthy in terms of current rosters, if you leave out the injured reserve lists. The Falconies are missing a few starters on the IR and a pro-bowl corner. The Patsies are missing their starting all pro tackle (went on IR early in the season), and some big dumb Polack whose name escapes me. Not minor losses for either team.

    But that’s football, every year, every team.

  27. “harrisonhits2 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 2:06 PM
    “BB compliments his opponent before a game……Mike Tomlin calls them a-holes….

    Any questions?”

    That’s not a fair comparison. Its well known Belichick says similar things about the Pats opponents. The difference is no Patriot player would dare stream those comments live.”

    Precisely Belichick runs a tight well-disciplined ship, Tomlin runs a circus. It is also why Bill and the Pats win so damn often. All I can say is I am glad they are in the AFC and not the NFC so the Lions don’t have to face them often.

  28. Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    Jan 24, 2017 3:33 PM

    It’s expected that they would win 5 of 6, then 9 of 10 outside the division, without the best QB in football for 25% of the games. It’s called dominance.

    Maybe your team should try that next year.

    —–

    Your team was without the best QB in football this year all 16 games (unless you’re secretly a Falcons fan)

  29. tylawspick6 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 3:03 PM

    the goat gm
    and coach has spoken
    ——————————————————————

    Not so fast.
    Last time I checked, it’s Lombardi’s name on the trophy.
    Not the Greatest Cheating Coach of All Time which would be Bellacheat.

  30. Wow.
    I’m impressed.
    That the cheating coach can put together more than 3 words to say a sentence.

  31. Wow.
    I’m impressed.
    That the cheating coach can put together more than 3 words to say a sentence.
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    Still salty after the most overrated coach in the league got pantsed by Matt Ryan?

  32. Atlanta is the fastest defense since Seattle shut down Denver in the 2013 SB.

    The 2014 Seattle Defense was injured, and a fraction of the previous season. It wasn’t the same D in the SB, so continuing references to it are erroneous.

    7 rookies starting in a SB has to be an NFL record. I like Atlanta’s chances, especially with Dan Quinn having been to the SB in now 3 of the last 4 years.

    I like the confidence of those dismissing Atlanta’s obvious talents. That makes for a heavy dose of disappointment should Atlanta win.

  33. factschecker says:
    Jan 24, 2017 2:26 PM

    Ironic

    Defensive points per game
    2016 NE 15.7 ppg
    and that’s the lowest in the NFL since…..
    2013 Seahawks 14.6 ppg

    (2014 Seattle 16.3 ppg 2015 KC 17.4 ppg
    ——–
    You make the common mistake of those comparing all points, wins, equal.

    In 2013 Seattle didn’t have to face 1 Pro Bowl QB all season.

    The fact that NE’s schedule allowed them to face teams without a VERY GOOD QB, as in the playoff game with Houston, suggests that the NE 2016 defensive stats are very skewed. Common sense. You don’t face legit QB’s, you’re supposed to win, and your stats should be low.

  34. packmanfan says:
    Wow.
    I’m impressed.
    That the cheating coach can put together more than 3 words to say a sentence.

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    If you want to really treat yourself, you should pull up videos of Belichick breaking down a play, or answering one of the few good football questions he gets from sports “reporters”. You will understand something that New England fans have come to know over the past 15+ years. The man is a football genius. You should appreciate the brilliance that you can see rather than mock what you don’t understand.

  35. Enough with this New England has not played a good offense all season long. That maybe true but throughout his career Belichick has shut down very good offenses in his career. This game will be a repeat of SB 48. High flying offense versus a once in a generation defense. Defense wins championships.

  36. grendelg says:
    Jan 24, 2017 5:14 PM

    Once in a generation defense? Where does that come from?
    ++++++++++++++++

    It comes from the maunderings of a fake Pats fan that doesn’t actually know thing about football and very little about the Pats. A very tiresome shtick

  37. skawh says:
    Jan 24, 2017 3:58 PM
    Atlanta is the fastest defense since Seattle shut down Denver in the 2013 SB.

    The 2014 Seattle Defense was injured, and a fraction of the previous season. It wasn’t the same D in the SB, so continuing references to it are erroneous.

    7 rookies starting in a SB has to be an NFL record. I like Atlanta’s chances, especially with Dan Quinn having been to the SB in now 3 of the last 4 years.

    I like the confidence of those dismissing Atlanta’s obvious talents. That makes for a heavy dose of disappointment should Atlanta win.
    ======================================
    Okay, we’ll all suspend belief for a while and think of Atlanta’s defense as Seattle’s. Guess what? They’re not. Fast doesn’t always translate to great. They give up lots of points even to teams with mediocre offenses like KC, San Diego, and Tampa Bay (in addition to getting lit up by good offenses). The Patriots will respect them but not fear them. It seems more like you are disrespecting the Patriots and their 16 years of playing very good football.

  38. When will the Packers and Seahawks ever be in another superbowl despite playing in weak divisions and a cupcake confrence?

    Not for a LONG time.

    Sad that you have to become Falcon fans now lol!

  39. harrisonhits2 says:
    Jan 24, 2017 2:08 PM
    Not to mention the Pats led the league in completions of 20+ yards in the air or more this season,
    ————————————————————-

    What stat book are you reading from. According to nfl.com Ryan led the NFL in 20+yd comp with 70 while Brady was 16th with 45.

    Total air yards Ryan is 5th while Brady is 24th according to sporting charts.com

  40. I love how Patriot haters constantly make reference to the dink and dunk offense, referring to Brady as ‘3 yard Tammy.’

    If a baseball team plays ‘small ball’ and constantly wins by hitting singles and doubles and effective base running, does it really matter?

    It counts the same as a home run, right?

    And if that’s the secret to winning in the NFL, why aren’t all the teams doing it?

    Scoreboard.

  41. I am not a fan of either team. However, I consider the Patsies to be the best team in the league and the Falcons #2. They are #’s 1 & 2 in point differential. NE had the fewest points allowed and the Falcons had the most points scored. Something is going to have to give. AFAIAC, it comes down to matchups. How do the two teams match-up against each other? That is tough. The one common opponent And these two teams gave 5 common opponents. Of those I focus on the 2 strongest. Those being Seattle and Denver. Seattle beat both team in the regular season & lost to ATL in the divisional round. Both beat Denver. To me Seattle represents the best comparison. In other words, the Seahawks are the team most closely resemble what the two Superbowl teams will face in the Super Bowl. The overall speed of Seattle’s defense is very fast and is comparable to the two SB defenses in team speed. Both offenses scored against Seattle. If you look at both regular season games the stats & scores are very similar. The Falcons lost by 2 points in Seattle while the Patriots lost by seven at home. Both games were pretty even between each team. First downs, total yards, time of possession, etc. All of this leads me to believe that the teams are very evenly matched. It should be a very close game. Both team are on extended winning streaks. The Falcons have scored over 30 points in their last five games while NE has done so in their last four. If I had to bet I would take the points (ATL +3) but I don’t bet. The over should be the best bet (58.5). As with most games pitting two so very evenly-matched teams this game could come down to who has the ball last. In games like this I usually go with my gut. My gut is telling me that the Super Bowl experience of the Patriots will be the difference. The Falcons are the team most likely to be tight, especially at first. NE should win their fifth championship but I don’t think they will cover.

  42. So you say defense wins championships. Great, because Atlanta’s isn’t that bad. Just ask Rodgers how many points they scored the first half last week.

  43. By chargerdillon: When more than a quarter of your season goes to the Dolphins, Jets, and Bills what else would you expect?

    Let’s talk about division strength

    Bill. 200-71 with the Pats
    In division 74-27 wp.732
    Out of division 126-44 wp .741

    I have not gone back and adjusted to the prior alignment but do not believe there is a significant impact

    Can we put to rest the myth of the AFCE being the reason for the continued excellence and just acknowledge they have sustained it against any competition?

  44. New England will knock Julio and the other WRs off their routes which will put more pressure on Matt Ryan.

    Take the Pats ladies and gents…. Don’t buy into the hype.. The Pats always smash the newest hype team!

  45. Let’s just hope Houston has some security to stop Belichick from bringing in all his signal jamming devices into the stadium. They also need to do a full sweep of the Falcons locker room. I’m sure the devices were planted months ago.

  46. Run run Trolls…The big bad Patriots are coming! Using puffs of air, warm Gatorade and missing helmet stickers to defeat your teams!

    Surprisingly, crybaby Trolls posting on a message board is not having an effect on the Patriots. Hummm. You must not be whining hard enough. Next season don’t change a thing, keep denying 100+ years of proven science and try restating the already proven NFL/ESPN lies again again. It will bring the Patriots and Patriot fans to their knees!

    Ahhh,hahahahahah!

    Trolls Lose Again!

  47. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    Jan 25, 2017 12:17 PM

    Let’s just hope Houston has some security to stop Belichick from bringing in all his signal jamming devices into the stadium. They also need to do a full sweep of the Falcons locker room. I’m sure the devices were planted months ago.
    _______________________________________

    Translation: My butt hurts!

    Kiss The RingS!

  48. skawh says:
    Jan 24, 2017 3:58 PM

    Atlanta is the fastest defense since Seattle shut down Denver in the 2013 SB.

    The 2014 Seattle Defense was injured, and a fraction of the previous season. It wasn’t the same D in the SB, so continuing references to it are erroneous.

    7 rookies starting in a SB has to be an NFL record. I like Atlanta’s chances
    ————————————————————–
    skawh, you haven’t been right about anything related to the Patriots since I’ve been on these boards. Usually it’s just tough talk about the next week’s opponent, the opposite actually happening on the field, and then you immediately starting up again on the next team.

    My advice? Let it go already. Even if Wilson had handed the ball off on the goal line Marshawn would have got stuffed or fumbled and the outcome would have been the same.

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