Bill Belichick praises Stephon Gilmore for “big-time catch”

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Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore shut down Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper on Sunday, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick loved what he saw.

In the weekly film breakdown he does for the Patriots’ website, Belichick singled out Gilmore’s interception as one of the best plays any Patriot made this week. Belichick showed ho Gilmore trailed Cooper on the play, didn’t allow himself to get picked over the middle, tracked the ball and made a diving grab.

“Gilmore does a nice job here of getting behind Cooper so he doesn’t get picked by any traffic, and in this case he comes underneath,” Belichick said. “Against a good corner like Steph who’s long and fast and makes a great, great play on the ball, a great catch.”

Belichick noted that players were having trouble handling the football all day in the rain, but Gilmore secured the interception.

“Gilmore is really in good position on the play and is able to make the undercut,” Belichick said. “You can see Steph lay out, dive for the ball and make the interception. . . . That was a big-time catch.”

Belichick made signing Gilmore in free agency a high priority in 2017, and Gilmore is proving he’s worth the money.

51 responses to “Bill Belichick praises Stephon Gilmore for “big-time catch”

  1. Although that free agent signing was panned by many – especially those from Buffalo – I remember being pleased. He always seemed to play the Patriots tough – like Revis did. It was wise to avoid both of these guys on the field.

  2. ….I gotta admit. Initially wasn’t onboard with this signing….but after his second year he’s been proving me wrong. Guys ballin’

  3. It’s hilarious that the same Pats fans who called Gilmore a bum for 5 years while he was in Buffalo, think he’s a stud now.

  4. Thank you Buffalo for letting him go.
    Remember when all you Buffalo Chips said “good ridence” and “he sucks anyway”

  5. Unlike Roseman in philly who signed a bunch of releases. Not one made it through this length of the season. Hats off again to New England even with Brady starting to lose it.

  6. Gilmore is a great player, however the “shutting down* ” Amari Cooper needs to come with an asterisk due to the weather conditions. The precipitation that night made passing very difficult and it is not the same as say, shutting him out in a dome under perfect conditions.

  7. He almost had another diving int in the red area he’s been playing all-pro ball since the pats signed him it’s nice to see him live up to his potential.

  8. “Belichick showed how Gilmore trailed Cooper on the play, didn’t allow himself to get picked over the middle, tracked the ball and made a diving grab.”

    The Pats are experts at pick plays, therefore their db’s see it everyday in practice and know how to defend against it…………..cheating the Patriots way!
    Not to mention those 2 tripping calls on the Dallas o-line were totally bogus that even the NFL admitted they were blown calls.

  9. Did not fully understand or like the signing at the time. It was out of character for the Pats to give so much money to a DB. Another reason why Bill is the best, not just that he saw something in Gilmore but that he was willing to go against his own established spending pattern.

  10. johnnycantread says:
    November 27, 2019 at 6:12 am
    It’s hilarious that the same Pats fans who called Gilmore a bum for 5 years while he was in Buffalo, think he’s a stud now.

    Why is it “hilarious “?
    That’s what fans do.

    What do you think all the Bills fans that kill Brady would do iif he became a Bill. The EXACT same thing!

  11. The Pats are experts at pick plays, therefore their db’s see it everyday in practice and know how to defend against it…………..cheating the Patriots way!
    Not to mention those 2 tripping calls on the Dallas o-line were totally bogus that even the NFL admitted they were blown calls.

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    Lame as usual

    First pick plays are NOT illegal
    Second if BB told them to watch for the tripping because someone saw it on tape then that’s SMART. Put it in there heads.

    Oh and I bet you were okay with the Phantom PI called against NE on the Cowboys first drive.

  12. brwmstr says:
    November 27, 2019 at 8:06 am
    Is it me or is Belichick awful chatty this season??

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    It’s you. He does that show every week and also does a weekly radio show.

  13. “Did he praise the refs?” “Needs an asterisk for the weather”
    Excuses for the haters. How about “the stadium lights were too bright, the sun was in my eyes” “pass was too wobbly” “he was held/picked/interfered with”
    Refs? Gilmore had 7 holding and 3 PI last year. Near the top for DBs. 5 already this year: 3 holding, 1 PI, 1 contact. Doesn’t sound like the refs are doing him any favors.
    Facts are crazy things these days.

  14. johnnycantread says:
    November 27, 2019 at 6:12 am
    It’s hilarious that the same Pats fans who called Gilmore a bum for 5 years while he was in Buffalo, think he’s a stud now.

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    Umm, we like facts. He was a bum for a mid 1st rd pick. Do you people ever get your IQs above 100?

  15. Logan Ryan for Tennessee is player even better than Gilmore, but with zero hype because he plays for Tennessee and not New England.

  16. It’s hilarious that the same Pats fans who called Gilmore a bum for 5 years while he was in Buffalo, think he’s a stud now.
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    Can you cite when Pats fans called him a bum or even cared about Buffalo’s 3-13 teams or whatever they were?

    I will tell you this, his first 3/4 season in a Pats uniform were average and it was not his fault. A lock up cover corner was being made to play zone. Gilmore had to lobby D-Coordinator to let him do what he does best.

    Whose fault was it? Lions fans can probably answer that question as they are realizing it.

    It’s not a coincidence, Matt Patricia’s last game was that debacle of a Philly SB where they gave up 45 points and the following season, with the same personnel, minus Malcolm Butler, they were aggressive ball hawking killers. Then they lose last year’s coordinator to the Dolphins (Brian Flores) and lose their top sack man, Trey Floweres, to Patricia and the Lions, and they are still an aggressive ball hawking defense.

  17. I wasn’t sad to lose him. He was never this good as a Bill. He took plays off, and got lost in coverage sometimes.

    BB definitely got the best out of him – he’s top CB in the league right now. I don’t think he ever liked being in Buffalo.

    Glad we have Tre White, who I think is right up there, but in retrospect, letting Gilmore get to the Pats made things much tougher for the Bills and the league. I’d argue that they don’t win the SB last year without him, and certainly aren’t 10-1 this year without him. He’s their best player right now.

  18. johnnycantread says:
    November 27, 2019 at 6:12 am

    It’s hilarious that the same Pats fans who called Gilmore a bum for 5 years while he was in Buffalo, think he’s a stud now.
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    I was one of them. I remember him getting burned by Chris Hogan and then immediately yelling at his teammates. But Belichick knew what he was even then.

  19. Amen on Patricia. I wish him well in Detroit, but I’m glad he’s not running our defense. I’ve had a snootfull of ‘bend but don’t break’

  20. where is all the mouthpieces of other teams that made fun of the patriots and called this a bust signing and said it would ruin our salary cap? all i hear is crickets now.

  21. Gilmore was always talented, but really didn’t play to his potential in Buffalo and started that way in NE too, but quickly started playing better. Coaching is everything.

  22. First pick plays are NOT illegal
    Second if BB told them to watch for the tripping because someone saw it on tape then that’s SMART. Put it in there heads.

    Oh and I bet you were okay with the Phantom PI called against NE on the Cowboys first drive.
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    Huh? First pick plays are illegal. Patriots just never get called for it so their fans believe it is legal. The rule reads : “cutting off the path of an opponent by making contact with him, without playing the ball”

    Dallas went 3 and out on their first drive. There was no phantom PI call. On their next drive there was a legit PI call. NE claimed the ball was tipped which should negate the PI. Bill could have challenged and chose not to because it was not tipped at the line. There was a phantom PI call late in the 4th where Edleman was hit within 5 yards which is legal. And yes it was smart of Bill to tell refs about tripping, problem that people have is with the refs. To allow a coach to get in their head and make bogus calls looks real bad. It also looks bad when Brady is giving the refs high fives.

    Nobody knows if Dallas scores on that drive. They had already driven it 40 yards and drove it 90 yards on the previous drive, but to that point were not able to get in the end zone. Who knows if they score, but we do know an atrocious call prevented it from happening. At some point referees should be held accountable.

  23. I remember Bills fans saying good riddance. I don’t remember Pats fans calling SG a bum in Buff, but I will now. He was, for a 1rst rnd pk. Because the clueless Buff staff wasted his talent with bad coaching. Same with Hogan. Bills were only too happy to part with him, but the Pats got some good production outta him.

  24. arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    November 27, 2019 at 7:59 am
    Gilmore is a great player, however the “shutting down* ” Amari Cooper needs to come with an asterisk due to the weather conditions. The precipitation that night made passing very difficult and it is not the same as say, shutting him out in a dome under perfect conditions.

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    I don’t think we can only judge player performance in a vacuum. Dealing with weather conditions is part of the sport. Edelman had 8 receptions for 93 yards. I assume Dallas were trying to take him out of the game.

  25. whywerule says:
    November 27, 2019 at 10:49 am
    @dicksie…

    Pats fans are big fans of Logan Ryan.

    No one thinks Ryan is better than Gilmore. Not you, not me, not Logan Ryan, not anyone.

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    Logan Ryan – PD 16 FF 3 Sacks 3.5 Combined Tackles 78 TFL 3 QB Hits 6

    Stephon Gilmore – PD 13 FF 0 Sacks 0 Combined Tackles 34 TFL 0 QB Hits 0

  26. ullcharger says:
    November 27, 2019 at 10:39 am
    arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    November 27, 2019 at 7:59 am
    Gilmore is a great player, however the “shutting down* ” Amari Cooper needs to come with an asterisk due to the weather conditions. The precipitation that night made passing very difficult and it is not the same as say, shutting him out in a dome under perfect conditions.

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    I don’t think we can only judge player performance in a vacuum. Dealing with weather conditions is part of the sport. Edelman had 8 receptions for 93 yards. I assume Dallas were trying to take him out of the game.

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    Dallas was mauling the receivers all night long per fans in the stands who were there.

  27. John Henry’s Hammer says:
    November 27, 2019 at 10:36 am
    First pick plays are NOT illegal
    Second if BB told them to watch for the tripping because someone saw it on tape then that’s SMART. Put it in there heads.

    Oh and I bet you were okay with the Phantom PI called against NE on the Cowboys first drive.
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    Huh? First pick plays are illegal. Patriots just never get called for it so their fans believe it is legal. The rule reads : “cutting off the path of an opponent by making contact with him, without playing the ball”

    Dallas went 3 and out on their first drive. There was no phantom PI call. On their next drive there was a legit PI call. NE claimed the ball was tipped which should negate the PI. Bill could have challenged and chose not to because it was not tipped at the line. There was a phantom PI call late in the 4th where Edleman was hit within 5 yards which is legal. And yes it was smart of Bill to tell refs about tripping, problem that people have is with the refs. To allow a coach to get in their head and make bogus calls looks real bad. It also looks bad when Brady is giving the refs high fives.

    Nobody knows if Dallas scores on that drive. They had already driven it 40 yards and drove it 90 yards on the previous drive, but to that point were not able to get in the end zone. Who knows if they score, but we do know an atrocious call prevented it from happening. At some point referees should be held accountable.

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    You know what looks bad is Goodell’s constant manipulation of the rules to hope to get the desired results he wants to “grow the league”.

    You people are amazing as you move the goalposts constantly like Goodell does.

    Conley illegally picked a Pats defender last year in the title game a full 5 yards downfield, where, magically if NE did that, flags would be out all over the field making sure they were penalized.

    NE knows Goodell and the league is out to get them, so BB coaches them up so hard, they practice to make sure they have everything buttoned up.

    So, every time a bozo like you claims Goodelll is not out to get NE, we can rattle off numerous examples where non-subjective calls hurt the Pats to keep the other team close or to shift momentum in a game.

    We’ve seen this as a patter AFTER Goodell took over. This was not happening as a regularity when Tagliabue was commissioner or before.

    Get it?

    Some of us have been watching the NFL for 40 years, so we know the history and the patterns.

    Lastly, no pro sport has issues like this, except for MAYBE the NBA, which is notorious for trying to extend postseason series to make more money, so you’ll see manipulation there.

    But, from week to week, I can basically tell what Goodell will do based on who the teams are.

    Most of the NFL’s money that gets divied up to all 32 teams comes from tv money. That’s where owners want to see the benefit due to the popularity of fantasy football on top of gambling, etc.

    Anyone who thinks Goodell and the owners to see NE continually win and make a mockery of parity, is a complete moron at this point.

  28. phinatic29 says:
    November 27, 2019 at 11:08 am
    whywerule says:
    November 27, 2019 at 10:49 am
    @dicksie…

    Pats fans are big fans of Logan Ryan.

    No one thinks Ryan is better than Gilmore. Not you, not me, not Logan Ryan, not anyone.

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    Logan Ryan – PD 16 FF 3 Sacks 3.5 Combined Tackles 78 TFL 3 QB Hits 6

    Stephon Gilmore – PD 13 FF 0 Sacks 0 Combined Tackles 34 TFL 0 QB Hits 0

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    You clearly don’t know how the CB position works. If you’re asking a shutdown corner to shut someone down, they’re not going to be targeted a lot or asked to fill in for run support.

    Also, Tenn plays more zone than NE does, so of course Logan Ryan is going to be involved in run support.

    Learn the game.

    If BB asked Gilmore to play mostly zone, and he was inferior of a player like Ryan is compared to Gilmore, the latter would be targeted more. If you’re targeted that many times, that’s not a good thing.

    That said, Ryan is a good player. We loved his help in NE, but he’s not worth the money he’s being paid either.

    NE has Jason McCourty who provides that sort of play or JC Jackson, essentially 2 players for way, way under Ryan’s salary.

    Enjoy your bludgeoning.

  29. Logan Ryan – PD 16 FF 3 Sacks 3.5 Combined Tackles 78 TFL 3 QB Hits 6

    Stephon Gilmore – PD 13 FF 0 Sacks 0 Combined Tackles 34 TFL 0 QB Hits 0

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    You want Stephon Gilmore blitzing or playing closer to the line of scrimmage?

    What’s next? Aaron Donald is overrated because he doesn’t have the more interceptions?

  30. Amen on Patricia. I wish him well in Detroit, but I’m glad he’s not running our defense. I’ve had a snootfull of ‘bend but don’t break’

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    Yup. He had the personnel to play an aggressive attacking defense but would not turn them loose. Same thing happened in 2014. First two games, Darrell Revis did nothing. Had to play zone and then he also went to Patricia and told him he is a lockdown corner and it changed the defense

  31. johnnycantread says:
    November 27, 2019 at 6:12 am
    It’s hilarious that the same Pats fans who called Gilmore a bum for 5 years while he was in Buffalo, think he’s a stud now

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    He IS a stud now. Thats the whole point.

  32. johnnycantread says:
    November 27, 2019 at 6:12 am
    It’s hilarious that the same Pats fans who called Gilmore a bum for 5 years while he was in Buffalo, think he’s a stud now.
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    It’s hilarious you say that since before he came to the Patriots, I doubt many of their fans ever even heard of him.

  33. When you tape signals it’s easy to figure out where the ball is going to be thrown. Just ask the Seahawks why they lost.

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