Belichick sees Pederson’s play calling as a challenge

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The NFL’s Super Bowl Opening Night event rarely offers much football insight, but Patriots coach Bill Belichick did take a moment this evening in Minneapolis to answer a question about preparing to face Eagles coach Doug Pederson.

Asked what it’s like to match wits with Pederson, Belichick noted that Pederson calls plays with the best of them, and the Patriots’ defense won’t have any one thing it can key on.

“Very aggressive, well balanced, uses a lot of personnel, all the receivers, all the tight ends, all the backs,” Belichick said. “He’s done a great job and it’s a good offense and they’ve got good players, they’re well coached and he does a great job calling plays.”

Early on in Belichick’s Super Bowl Opening Night appearance, that was about the best football insight we heard. In other exchanges, one media member started to ask Belichick about his grandson, causing Belichick to interrupt him and say, “I don’t got a grandson, buddy.”

Another media member said to Belichick, “Some people call you a curmudgeon. Were you aware that today is National Curmudgeon Day?”

Belichick answered: “Nope.”

27 responses to “Belichick sees Pederson’s play calling as a challenge

  1. In other exchanges, one media member started to ask Belichick about his grandson, causing Belichick to interrupt him and say, “I don’t got a grandson, buddy.”

    Is this level of stupidity representative of all media members or just those that cover the Super Bowl? Holding a tool like that in contempt is being too respectful.

  2. I heard someone on the radio down here in Savannah say that the Patriots are a team of faceless nobodies (Amendola was his example) and that the Eagles are a “team of stars” (Ajayi and Jeffrey were his examples). It made me wonder why some guys get paid to talk about sports on the radio.

    But if you look at the stats, both teams are a lot alike: none of the backs are bellcows, none of the receivers on either team (neither Cooks nor Alshon) have 80 plus receptions. The only skill position that features a dominating player is TE; Gronk and Ertz are beasts.

    These two teams buy in to the team concept and are very much mirror images of one another.

  3. “Belichick sees Pederson’s play calling as a challenge”

    I certainly wish Zimmer and co. would’ve taken that challenge more seriously…

    Nothing to see here; just a bitter Vikings fan. Please move along…just step right on over me.

  4. Yeah, and Pederson knows his d is in for an even longer day.

    They don’t have Offenses like this in the NFC Least, especially not the Gnats or Cowgirls

  5. This is the long con. Bill is a master at this. It’s not that he doesn’t respect Dougs abilities or is under valuing his achievements this year, he just wants Pederson to fall into a false sense of security..not only has he figured out the nuances of pederson’s offense, he has figured out Pederson’s tell. I’ve seen this movie play out, only chance lil Doug has is to change his script, scrap everything and start over and do not eat the cheese. Now I have to go wash myself because I just gave philthy some advice.forever unclean.

  6. terripet says:
    January 29, 2018 at 8:47 pm
    Bill knows his D is in for a long day


    Probably, that is, up until the fourth quarter when it counts

  7. I don’t have a horse in this race, and I expect a real chess-match of a game, one that turns on one play – an interception, a single blown coverage, a missed fourth down attempt. It’s going to be interesting to see how much Bill Belichick intervenes with both McDaniels’ and Patricia’s roles. Looking forward to a great game.

  8. And you wonder why Marshawn Lynch doesn’t talk to the media. These questions should be put in writing and reviewed prior to being put before the coaches and players. There could be 3 kinds of question actions, give an answer, trash it, let the coach/player review and either repeat the question for everyone to hear and answer or discard the question. Stupid stuff wastes people’s time. It’s not entertaining.

  9. terripet says:
    January 29, 2018 at 8:47 pm
    Bill knows his D is in for a long day

    It was right there for you all easy peasy and you still got it wrong.

    Bill knows his oline is in for a long day.

  10. His D is in for a long day??He has seen the RPO offense in every playoff game this year.Blount and ajayi are not exactly dual threats so if they are on the field his DBs will focus on the TEs and WRs.When lewis,burkhead and white(who are all dual threats) are on the field someone is going to be open.Phillys d is not comparable to jacksonvilles.They can create TOs, but the Patriots protect the ball,and “hoping”they get some is not really a good game plan.Keenum reverted back to his old self as will foles.Brady will be Brady.

  11. terripet says:
    January 29, 2018 at 8:47 pm
    Bill knows his D is in for a long day


    Well, they will be up all night celebrating, so yes, you’re actually correct on this one.

    Must feel weird for you.

  12. “terripet says:
    January 29, 2018 at 8:47 pm
    Bill knows his D is in for a long day”

    Yes. Absolutely Bill knows it.

    People that don’t actually follow the nuts and bolts of each teams play during the year just assume that this is going to be a cakewalk for New England. Things like “Dynasty Patriots” and “It’s Tom Brady; of course they are going to win” have been commonly repeated phrases all week. These people don’t really follow the game and realize what is going on.

    The Eagles have a very good team. They are very good in nearly every aspect of the game. Doug Pederson has done a phenomenal job coaching this team. I feel that he has the complete respect of the players in the locker room. They play for him, and put in everything that they have for coach. If Pederson calls an aggressive, yet smart game, and if Foles and the offense can execute and play the kind of football that they have been playing, then this is going to be the hardest challenge that New England has faced in recent memory. Not to mention Schwartz’s Defense. They are as good as any other unit out there, and although they do have their weaknesses, they tend to find away to keep pressure and cause headaches for the opposing QB, whether it’s Tom Brady or anyone else.

    This is going to be the farthest thing from a “Gimmie” for the Patriots. It’s going to be a tough game for both teams, but if New England isn’t playing the best game that they ever have, then don’t be surprised to see Nick Foles and Malcom Jenkins hoisting a trophy over their heads Sunday night. This really should be a good game. It should be a close game. No blow outs in this one. It really could go either way, but if there is a team that can beat TB, BB, and the rest of NE, the Eagles are the one. They have overcome adversity many times over this season, and are focused and hungry to bring home the first Championship to Philadelphia. BB knows it. Listen to his comments leading up to this game. This is not generic presser fluff. The players know it, the coaches know it, the media knows it, and Vegas sure as heck knows it by looking at the points and money line.

    This *should* be one of the best Super Bowls in awhile. It *should* be very competitive. It *should* be very entertaining. It *should* come down to who really wants it more right now. It *should* be an Eagles Championship!

  13. terripet says:
    January 29, 2018 at 8:47 pm
    Bill knows his D is in for a long day

    And Bill knows his D is in for a long night

  14. What Belichick really said was “I’ve been studying hundreds of hours of Eagles offense films. I understand his wideout spreads and how he chooses to use tight ends. I understand what he’ll do in different situations. I’m ready to coach against him.”

    That’s why he’s the best.

  15. I wonder if foles is going to throw up like mcnabb…nervously trying to talk himself into not being caught up in the moment.
    Patriots,at the coin toss,need to bring all their lomBRADY trophies to the 50 and ask,no TELL,philly to clean them.

  16. The beauty of both coaching staffs (and the reason they’re both here) is because both staffs have the ability to adjust during the game. That’s perhaps the most overlooked thing with both teams. The teams with the most talented players don’t always win. Every coaching staff watches film and comes up with a game plan. But it’s the ones who can adjust on the fly who are successful. It’s why Andy Reid will never win a Super Bowl. It’s why Chip Kelly didn’t last in the NFL. It’s why Belichick has won 6 Super Bowls. It’s why Pederson has a “chance” to win a Super Bowl.

  17. sportoficionado says:
    January 29, 2018 at 9:13 pm
    This is the long con. Bill…just wants Pederson to fall into a false sense of security…”


    Right…Pederson’s going to read Bill’s comments and say “hmmm…yeah…I got this.” And then somehow gameplan less diligently? Sure. That’ll happen.

    Cowboys fans rooting for the Patriots. is there anything more pathetic?

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