Bill Belichick: Tyreek Hill’s speed makes him different than everybody else

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick knows there’s only so much he can do to get his team ready to face the speedy Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

Asked by a reporter today if there’s anything he can do to coach for Hill’s speed, Belichick answered, “What do you mean coach for it? Like, can we make somebody that fast?”

There’s nothing Belichick can do to make any of his players as fast as Hill, who may be the fastest player in the NFL. But he says his players know what they need to be prepared for when facing Hill.

“We’ve seen it. A lot of our players have dealt with it and, as you said, have to make those subtle adjustments in terms of angles and leverage and so forth,” Belichick said. “Every situation is a little bit different. Who’s where and how fast everybody is moving and what direction we’re going in and the opponent is going in and so forth. Yeah, certainly there has to be an awareness of that. It’s a little bit different with him than everybody else; no question.”

When the teams played in the regular season, Hill caught seven passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns. Belichick is hoping Hill doesn’t run wild like that again on Sunday.

78 responses to “Bill Belichick: Tyreek Hill’s speed makes him different than everybody else

  1. When the teams played in the regular season, Hill caught seven passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns
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    Hill was 7/133 for 1 TD in the 2017 opener too. Bill knows him well and hopefully will be ready 🙂

  2. BB knows how much the cold weather will slow him down. The joints and ligaments will get stiff quickly, and he will lose some speed. The cold weather is a great equalizer. Now would be nice if it could snow too. They can pound Michel and develin!

  3. My guess is an extra DB or linebacker will jam him on the line while DB2 covers him from there or keeps the top coverage. A clean release will kill you even in a scramble situation.

  4. Did you know Cam Newton is undefeated against the Patriots…? Did you also know that in 2015…Had the 15-1 Panthers been in the AFC East…or the 12-4 Patriots been in the NFC South…New England doesn’t win the Division…oh did I mention Cam Newton is undefeated against the Patriots…I threw that in there twice because ya know some dumb Nangland fan will say…but the Patriots have a winning record against 15-1 teams or some BS like that…If New England plays in any other division…they prolly still win many Division Titles…but they sure as heck don’t win it every year…like they luckily playing in the weakest division where the 2nd best QB behind Brady after all these years is butt fumbles…

  5. The good news is Watkins sucks and Conley is pretty mediocre. So, it’s Kelce and Hill and BB has always dominated Kelce minus that debacle in 2014 when NE came out completely flat.

    So, it’s Hill and Kelce only and containing Mahomes in the pocket and slowing Damien Williams.

    Usually, when a team features 2-3 key targets, BB’s Ds hone in and rise up.

    SD technically had more weapons to fear in terms of where the ball may go.

    With the Chiefs, everyone knows where it’s going. The question is, in man, who do they put on who? Is it Gilmore taking out Watkins and Jackson taking out Conley, with the usual Chung/McCourty combo on Kelce (while the other helps in run support and spies on Mahomes).

    It would be Jason McCourty and Harmon bracketing Hill at that point. You can’t really catch Hill anyway, so it doesn’t appear to make sense to put Gilmore on Hill 1 on 1.

  6. Who are you going to take away Bill?

    Hill?….Better triple team him.
    Kelce?….Really should double cover him.
    Watkins?….Probably double him too.
    D. Williams/Ware?….Better spy them every down.

    MVP Mahomes?…..Nevermind.

  7. As dynamic as Hill is, I think the Patriots will be able to neutralize him due to a big factor that seems to be going unmentioned – no Kareem Hunt.

    Hill doesn’t do what he does against the Pats without the threat of Hunt on the field. He has absolutely KILLED the Patriots in his short career against them.

    I still think Hill will put up decent numbers win or lose, but I don’t think you’ll be seeing a repeat performance from him.

  8. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    January 15, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Did you know Cam Newton is undefeated against the Patriots…? Did you also know that in 2015…Had the 15-1 Panthers been in the AFC East…or the 12-4 Patriots been in the NFC South…New England doesn’t win the Division…oh did I mention Cam Newton is undefeated against the Patriots…I threw that in there twice because ya know some dumb Nangland fan will say…but the Patriots have a winning record against 15-1 teams or some BS like that…If New England plays in any other division…they prolly still win many Division Titles…but they sure as heck don’t win it every year…like they luckily playing in the weakest division where the 2nd best QB behind Brady after all these years is butt fumbles…

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    Umm, do you know that Newton sucks and is a horrible, immature, selfish bad leader whose team beat NE with the help of the refs at the end of the game?

    I guess you aren’t aware of these things.

    I can still see Kuechly’s bear hug on Gronk that Monday night down in front -running Charlotte and the awkward replay of Gilmpre’s pink finger incidentally brushing up against the Panthers receiver’s side of the helmet all the way across the field.

    LOL

  9. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    January 15, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Did you know Cam Newton is undefeated against the Patriots…? Did you also know that in 2015…Had the 15-1 Panthers been in the AFC East…or the 12-4 Patriots been in the NFC South…New England doesn’t win the Division…oh did I mention Cam Newton is undefeated against the Patriots…I threw that in there twice because ya know some dumb Nangland fan will say…but the Patriots have a winning record against 15-1 teams or some BS like that…If New England plays in any other division…they prolly still win many Division Titles…but they sure as heck don’t win it every year…like they luckily playing in the weakest division where the 2nd best QB behind Brady after all these years is butt fumbles…

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    ^^^^Exactly. And Kelce still was shut down. With 5 degree weather and Mahomes with very small hands, and the balls naturally under 11.5 PSI almost immediately, Patty Cakes may wish Kareem Hunt didn’t try to beat that girl down in the hotel hallway.

  10. hes not even that fast though. back when teams played on true astro turf and had real punt and kick returners everybody had somebody faster than hill. also kc’s field looked like a muddy half frozen disaster this past weekend not safe to run fast on

  11. patriotwayrules says:
    January 15, 2019 at 7:37 pm
    BB knows how much the cold weather will slow him down. The joints and ligaments will get stiff quickly, and he will lose some speed. The cold weather is a great equalizer. Now would be nice if it could snow too. They can pound Michel and develin!
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    Hmmm. Wouldn’t the defensive players covering Hill lose speed proportionately as well?

  12. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    January 15, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Did you know Cam Newton is undefeated against the Patriots…? Did you also know that in 2015…Had the 15-1 Panthers been in the AFC East…or the 12-4 Patriots been in the NFC South…New England doesn’t win the Division
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    Your talking about the 2015 season? Why?

  13. crossbuckpass says:
    January 15, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    patriotwayrules says:
    January 15, 2019 at 7:37 pm
    BB knows how much the cold weather will slow him down. The joints and ligaments will get stiff quickly, and he will lose some speed. The cold weather is a great equalizer. Now would be nice if it could snow too. They can pound Michel and develin!
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    Hmmm. Wouldn’t the defensive players covering Hill lose speed proportionately as well?

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    Correct. The difference is speed his Hill’s advantage. It’s a weapon, but it won’t be as much of a weapon on grass and with that kind of cold.

    Get it?

    He’s used to using his speed to dictate.

  14. ” Did you know Cam Newton is undefeated against the Patriots…? =”

    No I didn’t. But I do know how many Super Bowl rings the Pats have compared to Cam Newton. And I also no Brady has never been so cowardly as to not try and dive on a fumble in a big game like the Super Bowl

  15. tylawspick6 says:
    January 15, 2019 at 8:01 pm
    crossbuckpass says:
    January 15, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    patriotwayrules says:
    January 15, 2019 at 7:37 pm
    BB knows how much the cold weather will slow him down. The joints and ligaments will get stiff quickly, and he will lose some speed. The cold weather is a great equalizer. Now would be nice if it could snow too. They can pound Michel and develin!
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    Hmmm. Wouldn’t the defensive players covering Hill lose speed proportionately as well?

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    Correct. The difference is speed his Hill’s advantage. It’s a weapon, but it won’t be as much of a weapon on grass and with that kind of cold.

    Get it?

    He’s used to using his speed to dictate.
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    The “grass” and “cold” are going to affect the DB’s trying to cover him the exact. same. way. Hill will still be proportionately faster and he knows where he’s going – – – unlike the DB’s.

    Get it?

    His speed will still be a weapon the Pats can’t counter.

  16. Forecast is calling for 10-15 below zero, wind chill factor.

    Fans won’t be as loud, cuz they will have their faces covered up.

    Tom Brady is used to this, Patty Mahomes is not.

    I want the Chiefs to win, but I don’t think they will.

  17. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    January 15, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    The Patriots are going to get blown out on Sunday, you can already see it coming.

    Yes, their front running fans will blame Goddell.

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    Nothing like a cheating Dolphins fan calling NE fans “front running” when I know for a fact games used to blacked out in Miami in the Marino years.

    LOL!

    How mortifying to know this fact and for you to not only not know it, but to pretend Miami is a great sports town like Boston. There are no frontrunners in Boston and everyone knows it. Most passionate, loyal and educated fans anywhere.

    Miami. LMAO

  18. My-old-name-was-offensive so what you’re basically saying is that Cam Newton is better than Tom Brady because they’ve played twice in the regular season and Newton is 2-0 in those games? Is that really what you’re here trying to tell everyone, that Newton is better than Brady?! That’s seriously one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard and you pretty much just showed everyone here how much you really know about football. Keep it coming, seriously. I can’t wait to see you’re next post. Maybe something about about how Jeff Hostetler must be the greatest QB of all time because he’s never lost a Super Bowl

  19. The “grass” and “cold” are going to affect the DB’s trying to cover him the exact. same. way. Hill will still be proportionately faster and he knows where he’s going – – – unlike the DB’s.

    Get it?

    His speed will still be a weapon the Pats can’t counter.

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    In zone the Pats D won’t be affected as much in your scenario. My point is, HIll’s game is about speed. He actually has some ball handling issues (in good weather), no one has pointed out yet, too.

    He almost fumbled last week, for example.

  20. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    January 15, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    The Patriots are going to get blown out on Sunday, you can already see it coming.
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    Same guy who predicted a Gase / Tannehill led Dolphins team would win the division this year, and that Suh would “break Brady in half” in past years. LOL.

  21. The solution is to hit him in the mouth, repeatedly, at the line of scrimmage. It worked against Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt and “The Greatest Show on Turf.” It’ll work again in Kansas City.

  22. So if the patriots win they will be an “A” squad but if they lose they will be a “B” squad? Is that how it works?

  23. It’s cute when New Englanders think they’re the only ones who can handle the cold.

    patriotwayrules says:
    BB knows how much the cold weather will slow him down. The joints and ligaments will get stiff quickly, and he will lose some speed. The cold weather is a great equalizer. Now would be nice if it could snow too. They can pound Michel and develin!

  24. roninscribe says:
    January 15, 2019 at 8:39 pm
    The solution is to hit him in the mouth, repeatedly, at the line of scrimmage. It worked against Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt and “The Greatest Show on Turf.” It’ll work again in Kansas City.
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    Yes it did. The refs had blindfolds on during that game.

    Wonder why.

    I am over it.

    That was when the Pats and Brady started this dynasty.

    Now, god willing, the Rams will end it!

    🙂

  25. mammothfan says:
    January 15, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    So if the patriots win they will be an “A” squad but if they lose they will be a “B” squad? Is that how it works?

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    Umm, err, no, it means how many key players they have on IR or not.

    Duh.

    My goodness.

  26. Pats won’t be able to stop Hill but anyway just need to limit him a bit, jam him up on the line. Even with Hill AND Hunt both having monster games (& Kelce’s 61yd) Pats still outscored the Chiefs in wk6. Kansas will be focused on the Pats run game which has surged of late and a key part of the cold weather game Pats seem built for – Pats will aim to keep Mahomes sat out.

  27. I wish it was Monday so I didn’t have to listen to the drunken Patriot blather. The cold will affect everyone, even your 41 yo GOAT. Tyreek Hill will be just as fast at 10 degrees than at 70. BB is a great coach. He could win, but the patriots aren’t as good on the road. Other than that the stupid theories and references to 2013 in Denver mean zero. They play the game so you chowderheads don’t have to drive the rest if theNFL crazy with your asinine theories. And the other 31 teams are hoping the Chiefs win if nothing more than to not have to listen to you

  28. When the Pats practiced before beating the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ in 2001, he had the WRs line up 3 yrds over the line of scrimmage to simulate the speed.

  29. tylawspick6 says:
    January 15, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    In zone the Pats D won’t be affected as much in your scenario. My point is, HIll’s game is about speed. He actually has some ball handling issues (in good weather), no one has pointed out yet, too.

    He almost fumbled last week, for example.
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    He’s had ZERO fumbles in the ’18/’19 season. The punt return bobble last week was in the middle of a snow storm. Try again.

  30. Edward Halverson says:
    January 15, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    roninscribe says:
    January 15, 2019 at 8:39 pm
    The solution is to hit him in the mouth, repeatedly, at the line of scrimmage. It worked against Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt and “The Greatest Show on Turf.” It’ll work again in Kansas City.
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    Yes it did. The refs had blindfolds on during that game.

    Wonder why.

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    [yawn] Myth, innuendo, conspiracy, “the refs were in on it!” Ridiculous.

    NFL rulebook states: “Within the area five yards beyond the line of scrimmage, a defensive player may chuck an eligible receiver in front of him. The defender is allowed to maintain continuous and unbroken contact within the five-yard zone, so long as the receiver has not moved beyond a point that is even with the defender.”

    Disrupt Hill at the line and subject him to Cover 2, and he’ll have a long day. The Raiders did it in week 13 (a game they almost won).

    The real problem for the Pats will be Kelce. They’ll need Patrick Chung to play the game of his life.

  31. Anyone that thinks the cold affect everyone the same way because they all play on the same field simply has no clue what they are talking about.

  32. Mad respect for the Patriots, best QB of the era, & you can’t count them out…but I really think this is the passing of the torch with the best qb of the next era

    Other reasons include…

    KC plays NE tough, they game plan to attack NE, most teams let NE game plan for them

    Revenge game for KC & it’s at home

    KC 8-1 at home & NE 3-5 on road

    41-27

  33. Get Mahomes where he is standing, fast. Tyreek is a like fired bullet. How to cover him? Don’t let him get the ball then you won’t have to chase him.

  34. wib22 says:
    January 15, 2019 at 7:59 pm
    Ernie Adams will have to help him out again!

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    Yeah so? Thats sort of his job you know? Ill bet other staff members help out too.

  35. This game wont be close. This we be a blowout in favor of the Chiefs. Too many weapons, everyone getting healthy. This will be more like the 41-14 beatdown the Chiefs gave the Pats two years ago

  36. “Usually, when a team features 2-3 key targets, BB’s Ds hone in and rise up.”

    Good Lord, man! 3 key targets would make most offfenses elite. lol Isn’t the difficulty that there are too many playmakers to deal with?

  37. the cold and ice will impact all, true.
    However, playmakers rely on good surfaces to maximize the cutting, adjustments, etc.
    when it’s slippery, icy, very cold, those cuts aren’t as quick, or sharp…and one is prone to slip.
    IMO and experience playing, give me good surfaces every day….. take that away… and it there is a marked difference in play.
    Sure DBs have to deal too, but they’re defending. A slightly easier task, and they usually have help.

    Two items not brought up:
    ball control and refs.

    If people start ‘punching’ people in the mouth… I suspect refs will respond to hometown fans not liking having their guys mugged.
    Nothing like a few flags, 1st downs, added yardage and continued set of downs to take the steam out of smashmouth…

    Ball control. I expect that ball grabbing, ball punching and stripping will be an X factor in such cold weather, when grip is compromised.

  38. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    January 15, 2019 at 8:07 pm
    The Patriots are going to get blown out on Sunday, you can already see it coming.

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    That’s what you said before they played the Chargers. How did that prediction work out?

  39. Gilmore has to jam him off the line on every play with Jason McCourty helping over the top. Devin McCourty or Chung has to line up on Kelce on every play. Everyone else has to do their job and NE will win.

    Call me Coach ….

  40. tedmurph says:
    January 15, 2019 at 9:25 pm
    Anyone that thinks the cold affect everyone the same way because they all play on the same field simply has no clue what they are talking about.
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    Yeah just like fire doesn’t burn some people the same way. Are you serious? When it’s -5 degrees outside I don’t care how tough you think you are you’re going to be freezing just like everyone else.

  41. crossbuckpass says:
    January 15, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Who are you going to take away Bill?

    Hill?….Better triple team him.
    Kelce?….Really should double cover him.
    Watkins?….Probably double him too.
    D. Williams/Ware?….Better spy them every down.

    MVP Mahomes?…..Nevermind.

    I suppose you will say that the GOAT #12 was just lucky the first time they met ?

  42. They’ll blitz Mahomes and make him get the ball out quicker. Takes away TE and Hill as deep threats, and the risk is what, exactly? You get burned on a blitz and give up one deep TD?

    Well, the Chiefs were going to break off two or three like that playing coverage anyway, so you’re ahead both ways if you blitz.

  43. Hill is amazing on the field, he is the fastest player i’ve ever seen and not just straight line speed but his quickness possessing elite quickness especially his lateral quickness. He’s like a video game player out there. I cannot believe he didnt go atleast in round 2 but went later in the draft, he was a home run draft pick for KC.

  44. Mahones is incredible, the way he throws the ball overhand, sidehand, underhand, whatever, the kid really had “it” like no young QB I’ve ever seen, and it is a home game for the Chiefs in a VERY loud stadium. Hill is the fastest receiver in the league, so everything points to a Chiefs victory. But Brady is still Brady and Coach is still coach, both of them GOATS. So never count old man #12 out. I’m afraid the Chiefs may very well win this game, but I hope not. We’ll see, just like we did last week. The Chiefs are way better than the Chargers and Rivers does seem to have crappy games against Brady, especially in New England. So I’m fearful for this game, but after that Atlanta Superbowl I will always have hope that Brady and the guys will be able to work another miracle and pull this one out. We’ll see. Really do love Mahomes… he’s the new guy, for sure, but still… Go Pats!

  45. There is no real defense for Hill. Best you can do is slow him down and be physical w/him off the line of scrimmage but the Chiefs usually line him up off the line of scrimmage where it is not so easy to get your hands on him – because if you whiff on him, you’re dead.

  46. nelly837 says:
    January 15, 2019 at 11:24 pm
    tedmurph says:
    January 15, 2019 at 9:25 pm
    Anyone that thinks the cold affect everyone the same way because they all play on the same field simply has no clue what they are talking about.
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    Yeah just like fire doesn’t burn some people the same way. Are you serious? When it’s -5 degrees outside I don’t care how tough you think you are you’re going to be freezing just like everyone else
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    The weather isn’t about who’s feeling the cold more or tougher. Of course that’s on everyone. It’s just that the Arctic blast coming will hands-down help even the playing field for the Pats in this away game. The loud crowd will be muffled significantly. The Patriots historically thrive and prepare better than other teams for this contingency. They adapt better than anyone. With all due respect to Mahomes, he’s an unknown entity in zero degrees. Brady has been the best in history in the extreme cold. The vertical passing game will be very difficult—the ball gets batted around, is harder to throw, and no one moves with the same zip. Who will that hinder more? The high-flying Chiefs, most likely.

    This weather forecast should shift the game to a pick ‘em, or even tip the scales in the Pats favor slightly. I wouldn’t be shocked if KC wins, but I wouldn’t count out the Pats winning by a couple of touchdowns either. I wouldn’t feel this way if it was sunny and 60 degrees at game time.

  47. nelly837 says:
    January 15, 2019 at 11:24 pm
    tedmurph says:
    January 15, 2019 at 9:25 pm
    Anyone that thinks the cold affect everyone the same way because they all play on the same field simply has no clue what they are talking about.
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    Yeah just like fire doesn’t burn some people the same way. Are you serious? When it’s -5 degrees outside I don’t care how tough you think you are you’re going to be freezing just like everyone else

    When my friends from the south come here in Dec/Jan they are bundled up and still freezing while I’m in a light hoodie reminding them that this isn’t what we consider cold. Or maybe you think a guy who grew up in Southern Florida and a guy who spent his winters ice fishing in Minnesota have exactly the same tolerance to cold? In NE we wear shorts & sandals as soon as it gets above 35 degrees. OTOH, when I go to Florida, I can’t move when it’s 99 & humid. It’s called acclimation. It’s a thing.

  48. tedmurph says:
    January 15, 2019 at 9:25 pm
    Anyone that thinks the cold affect everyone the same way because they all play on the same field simply has no clue what they are talking about.

    Clearly they didn’t see that Tennessee game a year or two ago when it was so cold that in the 2nd 1/4 you knew the game was over. Titans wanted that game over ASAP, and played like it. No disrespect, not everyone can handle cold.

  49. Who are you going to take away Bill?

    Hill?….Better triple team him.
    Kelce?….Really should double cover him.
    Watkins?….Probably double him too.
    D. Williams/Ware?….Better spy them every down.

    MVP Mahomes?…..Nevermind.
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    Let me fix that for you…

    Who are you going to take away Bill?

    Hill?….double team
    Kelce?….Single coverage
    Watkins?….not scared/overrated
    D. Williams/Ware?…who???

    MVP Mahomes?… Let see how the Texas boy does in -10 degrees.

  50. Hill averages a bit under five catches a game. People are overselling the impact of Hill hard. The key for the Pats vs. Hill is getting pressure on Mahomes on time (Pats have top pressure rate in the league), good coverage (Pats have a top DB unit), and tackling (again, Pats one of the best in the league). Their first meeting Hill’s big play came off a busted assignment; you can’t expect a gift like that this game.

    Pats will jam Kelce, and shut down the running game (which is essential to KC’s offense), collapse the pocket on Mahomes and confuse him with a wide variety of rushes and coverages. People are sleeping on this Pats D. Alarm about to go off!

  51. Keep him off the field entirely with a grinding run game. Let the cold work on him on the sidelines. Let the pressure build on Andy Reid until he panics or forgets how clocks work.

  52. agreed. hard to get ‘warmed up’ sitting on the sidelines while NE has time consuming possession drives.
    I expect NE will elect to receive if they win the toss and get the foot on the gas from the word “go”

    If they are forced to defend first, it works against them. IMO.
    Last Sunday against the Colts showed a much needed adjustment to the urgency of getting off to a good start.

  53. If any coach can come up with a way to neutralize Hill and keep damage to a minimum, it’s Belichick

    You are right that coach can walk on water and part the Red Sea,,,,,,,,,

  54. I think you just have to accept that he’s going to get his catches and he’s going to get lots of yards. It’s how you defend the run and Travis Kelce that will define the game.

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