Bill Belichick: Dolphins are young, aggressive and talented

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Regardless of how the competition actually looks on the field, Patriots coach Bill Belichick has long made it a point to be effusive in positive observations about the next team on New England’s schedule.

There are times when that feels more organic than others. This is not one of those weeks.

The Dolphins are coming off a 59-10 loss to the Ravens that saw them fail to do much well in any phase of the game. That didn’t stop Belichick from saying Miami has “a lot of great players” and noting the team will be “well prepared” despite Dolphins players feeling that wasn’t the case.

“Last week was last week. I’m sure they’ll make a lot of corrections,” Belichick said on a conference call. “The first game, with a new program, is always a big learning experience for everybody and you just keep getting better every week. I’m sure we’ll get a strong effort from Miami this week and we’ve got to be ready to go. Again, they have a lot of good players, a lot of good skill players, a lot of good players on defense. They’re young, they’re aggressive, they’re talented and we’re going to have to contend with all of them and the scheme that they come up with. I’m sure they’ll have things that we’re not working on and we’ll have to be ready to handle those.”

The Dolphins are coached by former Patriots assistant Brian Flores, who Belichick said did a great job while he was in New England. If he figures out a way to go from losing by 49 to beating the Patriots, Flores will have plenty of others saying the same thing.

21 responses to “Bill Belichick: Dolphins are young, aggressive and talented

  1. I think the only reason he doesn’t bust out laughing during some of his statements is that he has no sense of humor.

    The Dolphins might not even have a full roster on Sunday if some of their players get their one way ticket out of town as requested.

  2. Every year BB gets to play 6 games against the serial patsy’s of the NFL. Zero competition from within their division allows them do other things teams in dog fights every year can’t do. It’s not there fault the Jets, Dolphins and Bills suck every year but what an advantage to have 6 wins handed to year in and year out. And don’t bring up what the Pats do outside the division it doesn’t matter and teams don’t get up as much for games outside they’re rivalry’s.

  3. What a load of garbage. Belicheat is just trying to put up a smokescreen, because what he really means is that “The Dolphins are a hot mess. They’ve traded away all their good players, half the team is in revolt and trying to be traded, and they’re totally tanking this season. If they win two games it will be a miracle, and it’s for sure that they aren’t going to win against my team.” There, Bill, fixed it for ya.

  4. All you have to do is go back to last year vs. the Lions. Detroit was totally blown out by the Jets(!), then did better against SF, then beat the Patriots. a number of ex-Patriot coaches have done well against the Patriots the first time around. McDaniels beat the Pats in Denver, Mangini had another bad team with the Browns but beat them in Cleveland, etc. Plus, the Patriots never seem to do well in Miami. If any game could be called a trap, it’s this one.

  5. Ok team settle down, it’s already nearly breakfast time. I want to go over Sunday’s bad game – Tom, what was that first pass over the middle about? – nowhere near either receiver. Julian, explain that dropped pass. Donta, please explain how you allowed Steelers to get a 1st down. And “Special” Team, I thought I told you not to allow the opposition to score any field goals!

  6. mooncussers says:
    September 11, 2019 at 7:36 am
    All you have to do is go back to last year vs. the Lions. Detroit was totally blown out by the Jets(!), then did better against SF, then beat the Patriots. a number of ex-Patriot coaches have done well against the Patriots the first time around. McDaniels beat the Pats in Denver, Mangini had another bad team with the Browns but beat them in Cleveland, etc. Plus, the Patriots never seem to do well in Miami. If any game could be called a trap, it’s this one.
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    Talk about somebody that didn’t watch the Ravens beat the snot out of Miami

  7. officialgame says:
    September 11, 2019 at 6:44 am
    And don’t bring up what the Pats do outside the division it doesn’t matter and teams don’t get up as much for games outside they’re rivalry’s.
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    So don’t bring up New England’s .750 winning % in the playoffs because their opponents don’t get up for playoff games?

  8. officialgame says:
    September 11, 2019 at 6:44 am

    what an advantage to have 6 wins handed to year in and year out. And don’t bring up what the Pats do outside the division it doesn’t matter
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    How it could it not matter? NE beats everyone they play at the same %, which means that they are actually really good and their so-called weak division is what doesn’t matter.

  9. It’s easy to roll your eyes, but the NFL is a very unforgiving league.

    Remember when the Jets destroyed the Lions in week 1 last year? Remember that same Lions team dismantling the Patriots in week 3? Remember the Patriots only won 3 games on the road?

    Belichick remembers.

  10. Based on reports circulating today, Miami sounds like it might have to secede from the league due to lack of interest from its own players.

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