Belichick wonders who can cover all the big receivers in this draft

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick was struck by the size of some of the receivers in this year’s draft, and that got him thinking about league-wide trends.

Belichick said the big receivers in this draft may portend a trend toward bigger defensive backs, as there are obvious matchup issues in trying to cover a 6-foot-4 wide receiver with a 5-foot-10 cornerback.

“This is another year where there’s a lot of big receivers – 6-4, 225, 230, whatever they are – I mean, somebody’s going to have to cover those guys one of these days,” Belichick said.

Don’t be surprised if Belichick takes a big defensive back in this year’s draft. He sees that’s where the league is going.

41 responses to “Belichick wonders who can cover all the big receivers in this draft

  1. Once again BB is right, I mean 6 3 with 4.35 speed , who will cover this new version of WR s , especially in the slot, basically they will run free. DK Metcalf and his team mate will cause chaos

  2. Belichick already saw this coming a couple of years ago, which is why he got Stephon Gilmore in 2017, and JC Jackson last year. Both are big for corners, both 6’1″ and around 200lbs. His previous starters Malcolm Butler was 5’10”, Logan Ryan was 5’11” and both around 190lbs.

  3. If the QB doesn’t have time to complete a pass how is this an issue? I thought Belichick was a defensive mastermind.

  4. Bigger, faster, stronger is nothing new in the NFL. Sounds like some slight of hand coach speak by BB. Get you looking here while he grabs the next freakiest DE or outside LB. Outside of QB position those are the most coveted because you have to apply pressure in this new NFL passing league were WR are interchangeable. NE has proven that time and time again winning with no size at the WR position.

  5. Big receivers on the outside and small super-quick receivers on the inside and you have match-up problems for the defense in both areas. Belichick knows that and will draft accordingly.

  6. Obviously Bill has his eyes on a 5-10 DB and is sucking the other teams into passing on him to go bigger.

  7. Who’s going to cover Julian Edelman or Wes Welker? Or Danny Amendola, Troy Brown, Deion Branch, David Patton, David Givens. Tom Brady doesn’t require a big target. Maybe Bill is really looking for the next Tom Brady.

  8. No, it more likely means he’ll draft one or more of these big/tall/receivers in this year’s draft. Belichick and Pete Carroll have always scoured the earth for big DB’s and will continue to do so. Not easy to find big, quick, good back-pedaling DB’s.

  9. Don’t be surprised if he takes one of those big receivers either. The Pats have a much greater need at receiver than D-back.

  10. This is not a new revelation. On the Ravens, the top 3 CBs are Brandon Carr and Marlon Humphrey who are both 6’0 and Jimmy Smith who is 6’2. Not the only reason but certainly a factor in why the Ravens have one of the best secondaries in the league. And yes, they were built that way in large part to try to deal with the Gronks and AJ Greens of the world. And no, the Ravens don’t have any of those… LOL

  11. Been trending for a while, but it’s a conundrum. You still need a bunch of the quick twitch space guys who can break out of cuts in space in the middle who can tackle well. This is a BB staple. The cone, the shuttle drills, etc.

    But, he’s now looking for guys who can do that and have size, which is hard to find.

    JC Jackson is a pretty solid start. Gilmore has been around and provides that. You don’t have to be “big”, necessarily, you just have to play that way or play long.

  12. Belichick is already dictating what how the league is going to trend.

    The best way to contain a KC or LA Rams high flying offense is to going back to his 80’s early 90’s roots – run the ball and limit the possessions of the opposing offenses.

  13. Diggityofficial says:
    April 12, 2019 at 6:28 am
    If the QB doesn’t have time to complete a pass how is this an issue? I thought Belichick was a defensive mastermind.
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    BB is a football mastermind, far from perfect, but closer than any other GM or HC has ever been. Hence the 8 Super Bowl rings as a HC (6) or DC (2).

    Still, he does not object to having coached one of the two or three greatest defensive players of all time in the real LT, nor does he object to still coaching the Greatest NFL Player of All-Time in Tom Brady, so if he can land another all-time great, I am sure he will be satisfied.

  14. ….not given into telling The GCOAT how to carry it….but Hakeem Butler in the slot Shure looks intriguing Coach!!!

  15. You can put a cyborg out there covering and he will get flagged for PI and holding and personal fouls anyway.

  16. To stop big wr’s you need to body up… oh wait, can’t… hit the qb…oh wait, can’t do that either… um, lay there and take it?

  17. I think he should get one or two of those big receivers before worrying about a big corner.

  18. Size and strength coupled with the necessary hip fluidity of a great CB is one of the more rare commodities in the NFL. If your team has a big guy who can swivel the hips smoothly in order to adjust to a wide receivers pattern they need to keep him.

  19. Diggityofficial says:
    April 12, 2019 at 6:28 am
    If the QB doesn’t have time to complete a pass how is this an issue? I thought Belichick was a defensive mastermind.

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    Pass rush and coverage are symbiotic. If you don’t stuff the run and you don’t cover the QB’s first option then a pass rush is useless. Hence Brady barely getting hit in the playoffs against great pass rushers.

  20. superpatriotsfan says:
    April 12, 2019 at 9:08 am
    Belichick’s best receivers are the ones he never drafted.
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    Like Julian Edelman, and Deion Branch, and Rob Gronkowski (yeah, TE but a great receiver)?

    Two Super Bowl MVPs in the above list.

  21. Wonder if BB would take a small school big receiver late in the draft or as an undrafted camp signing and ask them to consider changing positions to d-back. There have been a few drafted QBs transferring to WRs which seems like a tougher transition.

  22. The eternal question. He is the cause of it, with Gronk as a TE in a WR’s body. That is what makes the Aaron Glenn types special, the undersized guy who could make plays. So you have to go D-2 or D-3 to get that guy(Darrell Green).

  23. No doubt BB is a great coach,but not enough is said about his confidant Ernie Adams.He stays way in the background, and BB relies on his input greatly.

  24. johnheisman says:
    April 12, 2019 at 9:55 am
    That Ras I-Dowling pick was not his best.

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    Except, Vollmer, Chung and Edelman from that draft, while trading into 2010 to jump in front of Baltimore, WAS his best.

    Enjoy watching the titles years later!

  25. If a receiver is merely big and/or tall, but not fast, then the obvious way to cover him is to use a linebacker to cover him. A big person has a lot of inertia, and he cannot make quick elusive moves like a small agile slot receiver can do. That allowes a big defender to jam him within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage, to prevent quick slant passes to him. If the quarterback throws a short pass high than any deflection that is batted high into the air may be intercepted.

  26. superpatriotsfan says:
    April 12, 2019 at 9:08 am
    Belichick’s best receivers are the ones he never drafted.

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    Says a Jets fan. When you have Brady, you don’t need to overpay draft picks in Rd 1. BB is so far over your head, it’s hilarious.

    He’s drafted plenty of good ones beyond Rd 1.

  27. Diggityofficial says:
    April 12, 2019 at 6:28 am
    If the QB doesn’t have time to complete a pass how is this an issue? I thought Belichick was a defensive mastermind.

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    I mean, did you see the final score of the SB? He is a mastermind in many areas. And I dont even like the Pats. But credit where credit is due.

  28. This is just part of the cycle. The trend is bigger receivers and bigger corners who are not as fast. In a couple years, some smaller quicker receivers will run circles around the corners and team’s will need to draft smaller quicker corners.

  29. Bill is blowing smoke at the gullible reporters. He’s taking one of Iowa’s tight ends to replace Gronk.

  30. Greedy Williams is the next great big cornerback. The Lsu dawgs secondary has historically generated the cutting edge and Greedy is another entry in this long line of excellence

  31. “Don’t be surprised if Belichick takes a big defensive back in this year’s draft.”

    Look deeper at his comment. I won’t be surprised if he takes one of those big receivers. Metcalf is pegged at around #15 in most mocks. BB has the ammo to trade up. A superfreak like him paired with Brady would strike terror into the hearts of opposing Ds.

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