Bill Belichick’s praise of Wade Phillips is seen by some as something other than that

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick recently heaped praise on Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, ostensibly. Some around the league are viewing the comments as containing something slightly different than praise.

“I’ve certainly changed a lot in the last 30 years, schematically,” Belichick told reporters. “Wade really . . . hasn’t. He really hasn’t. You’ve got to give him credit for that. The system has lasted. I mean, really, this is part of his dad’s system that he’s developed and adapted and developed there. I mean, I have a ton of respect for what he’s done and how he’s done it over every different kind of offense you can see. Multiple tight ends, run-and-shoot, 10 personnel, 11 personnel, 12 personnel, 21, 22. He’s been able to do the same thing — not the same thing, but his system has been able to handle all that. And I think that’s a real credit to what he put together 30 years ago.”

Some have taken a closer look at those comments as an indication that, come Sunday, Belichick will pick apart the Wade Phillips defense, since it’s basically alway the same attack, the same system, the same everything that it’s always been.

Of course, that didn’t help the Patriots three years ago, when New England lost to the Broncos, a team with a defense coordinated by Wade Phillips at the time. The fact that Belichick would so openly and nonchalantly comment on the continuity of scheme, however, looks and feels like, to some, an indication that Belichick has it figured out — with the only question being whether the New England players can execute in a way that overcomes the talent of the L.A. defense’s current players.

32 responses to “Bill Belichick’s praise of Wade Phillips is seen by some as something other than that

  1. Ahh, not really. Its a typical BB response. He praises his opponents sometimes more so than deserved. BB doesn’t take veiled shots at opponents. As always, this appears to be a media drive farce. Out of curiosity, who are these “some around the league”?

  2. Well, Donald is unblockable, how does anyone scheme against that?

    The Rams have other good defensive players as well. Suh has made some plays recently, Fowler can get after the QB, Talib and Peters are capable corners, etc.

    Should be fun.

  3. My take away was Belichick was applauding Phillips for running a system that can adapt to the evolution of the NFL. I don’t see how “a ton of respect” is anything but that.

  4. The Pats in that game against the Broncos had zero offensive linemen and zero running backs that started the season with them. And they would have probably won if not for a missed xp.

  5. I thought it read as him having figured it out, but that it still obviously has the potential to give him trouble. Wade will do the same thing, just differently. Bill will do something depending on what he has available. Those Broncos were a lot more individually talented than these Rams across the board and a lot more cohesive playing together, however, and it showed in the secondary especially. The Rams, despite all of their individual talent, have shown trouble playing together in a unified scheme, as many players were brought in from different schemes and different places to play under a new coordinator. That’s why their run defense has been at the bottom of the league this year. I’d expect Sony Michel to get a lot of work between the tackles.

  6. whywerule says:
    January 28, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Well, Donald is unblockable, how does anyone scheme against that?

    The Rams have other good defensive players as well. Suh has made some plays recently, Fowler can get after the QB, Talib and Peters are capable corners, etc.

    Should be fun.

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    If Donald is unblockable, why did they make him a ghost in 2016?

  7. Just part of his Jedi mind trick. He knows Phillips will take it as a slight and try something different to which Belichick already has a plan to counter, and then Phillips will counter the counter and Belichick will go to back to his original plan, chuckle, and say “You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is “Never get involved in a land war in Asia”

  8. Just setting the stage for why the Patriots will apparently know every play that the Rams are running on defense. Well, that and illegal video taping of what is going to be run.

  9. If Donald is unblockable, why did they make him a ghost in 2016?
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    If Goff has any chance of winning, why didn’t he play well in 2016?

    Good thing that players don’t get better, ever.

  10. The difference in the 2015 AFC Championship game was that Phillips isn’t do exactly what he always does. The Broncos rarely blitzed in that game, they rolled through all sorts of different coverages, never relying on just man coverage and instead continually rolled through different man and zone coverages which kept Brady on his toes, because he was constantly looking at different coverages and not usually seeing the same coverage from one down to the next.

    After that game Phillips credited his assistants for getting him to use that game plan, and Joe Woods evidently called all coverages in that game, with Phillips just concentrating on the front 7.

    The question is if Phillips will use that same game plan for this game given the success it had in that game? And if he does will the Patriots be expecting that?

  11. That is nothing but praise. So if you say all Syracuse runs is a 2 -3 zone for the past 40 years your insulting Jim Boeheim? The brilliance is in the consistency and getting everyone to buy into the system. That’s what Belichick means.

  12. Don’t fall for the mind games Wade!!! he wants you to get creative last minute and make some mistakes. Stick to your scheme which has worked against Brady in the past.

  13. A great example of why some folks hate talking to the press. Watching the response live and never for instance did I see anything but respect. Now we get others to interpret the transcript for us and Belichick is evil.

  14. That 2015 AFCCG was the Patriots playing with a bad line against a great D on the road in mile high air. The center may have also been tipping snaps with head bobs.

    They still only lost on a missed extra point.

  15. tylawspick6 says:
    January 28, 2019 at 5:08 pm
    whywerule says:
    January 28, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Well, Donald is unblockable, how does anyone scheme against that?

    The Rams have other good defensive players as well. Suh has made some plays recently, Fowler can get after the QB, Talib and Peters are capable corners, etc.

    Should be fun.

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    If Donald is unblockable, why did they make him a ghost in 2016?
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    Eh… 2016 isn’t all that relevant to Sunday.

    Besides Von Miller didn’t do a whole lot in the Tebow Broncos playoff loss in Foxboro but that wasn’t a reason to write the guy off as the Pats found out first hand…,

  16. I still wonder who the guy was with the telescope spying on Patriots walkthrough of Super Bowl 36. The NY times reported it at the time in a brief paragraph.

    Not sure what’s more odd. The fact nobody talks about this very much or the fact that the report said even league officials saw it. And did nothing. 🤔

  17. Wade changed the entire playbook in response and the guys are flailing like mad trying to learn a new system at the last minute. Bellyache, meanwhile hasn’t altered a thing.

  18. The only time I ever heard Bill Belichick rip another coach was after the Steelers loss in Foxboro in 2015 when Mike Tomlin said he was hearing the Patriots announcers on his headset during the game. Belichick said that his team has contingency plans when their headsets don’t function and he isn’t into excuse making. It was a subtle shot at Tomlin, and the NFL took responsibility for the headset issue.

  19. Belichick never puts down any coach, and usually praises his next opponent coaching staff. This is no different. Belichick may indeed actually like Wade Phillips style, but he always praises everyone. Bill loves to catch an opponent off guard with his glowing praises of that team.

  20. The only evidence I have seen of one team recording another since 2007 was the Jets recording the Patriots from the sidelines in 2010…

    I don’t recall the Jets losing a 1st round pick over it.

  21. When it comes to the Patriots,people read into statements looking for narratives that probably aren’t there. It’s all dissected for some hidden meaning,but most of the time,it’s exactly what the person meant. Belichick certainly isn’t one to tip his hand. I think it was a compliment to Wade Phillips and nothing more.

  22. Herne says:
    January 28, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    I think he was showing genuine respect to someone deserving.

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    That’s how I read it as well. God forbid BB has some genuine respect for a longstanding NFL coach, and it somehow needs to be misconstrued into something else.

    If anything, BB is saying Wade’s approach is tried and true.

  23. voddyt says:
    January 28, 2019 at 5:17 pm
    Just part of his Jedi mind trick.
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    It’s really not much of a mind trick when it’s been done over and over and everyone sees it coming. Lou Holtz was doing this kind of thing 20+ years ago and he certainly wasn’t the first to do it.

  24. Belicheat’s cheap shots at Phillips are going to haunt him when he retires and learns he has no friends in the NFL.

  25. I saw it as respect and nothing more. Those guys have been coaching against each other as both coordinators and head coaches for a long, long time, and Phillips’ teams have largely faired well.

    Above all else, BB is a student of the game with an appreciation for it’s history. Belichick’s Giants defenses and the way he utilized LT was unquestionably derived from the Phillips’ pioneering use of Robert Brazile in Houston and Rickey Jackson in N.O. as all weakside rusher from the LB position.

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