Normally, local media gets to talk to the opposing head coach the Wednesday before the game. Bill Belichick decided he wanted to get his conference call with Seattle reporters out of the way on Monday.
Belichick held court for nearly 20 minutes. He didn’t have much desire to talk about his own team, but he offered glowing reviews of the Seahawks on a number of levels. The Patriots are 1-0 after beating the Dolphins 21-11 in Week 1, but Belichick made it clear that a similar effort wouldn’t be good enough to beat the Seahawks on “Sunday Night Football” in Week 2.
“We know we're going to have to play our best on day in Seattle,” Belichick said. “Whatever we did this week, I don't think that'll be good enough. I think we’ll have to be better than that.”
Here are three other notable quotes from Belichick on three of the Seahawks most prominent players.
On Russell Wilson:
Note: Wilson and the Seahawks last played the Patriots in 2016, a game in which the Seahawks QB torched New England for 348 yards and three touchdowns. Seattle won that game, 31-24.
“He’s one of the top players in the league and has been for his entire career. He’s a tremendous player, obviously a tremendous person. He’s just really good at everything. You have to defend the whole field with him. He’s very dangerous in the pocket, out of the pocket. Great deep ball passer, has excellent vision. Super competitive. Hard to tackle. He’s a great football player. I respect all the players, really, but I mean he’s certainly at the top of the list of the people we compete against. He’s tough.”
On Jamal Adams:
Note: In six career games against the Patriots, Adams has 42 combined tackles, five passes defended and a pick-six.
“He's tough a tough player to handle. Of course, we saw a lot of him at the Jets. He was very disruptive player against us. Our games with the Jets, you’ve got to game plan for. He can do everything well. He's very good around the line of scrimmage, fast, good tackler, a good pursuit player, instinctive in coverage. He kind of controls the middle of the field. You’ve got to be careful about throwing the ball around his area, or he'll put a hard hit on the receiver and jar the ball loose and get it picked up in the air and everything else. So, he's a guy you’ve got to know where he is. They did a good job with Atlanta. He made several plays, tackles for losses and, hit the quarterback. Then, they put them up there around a line of scrimmage and you're worried about him, then he doesn't come and they do something else. He causes a lot of issues for an offensive football team.”
On Bobby Wagner:
Note: Adams and Wilson (understandably) dominated the headlines in Week 1, but Wagner had seven tackles, one tackle for loss, two passes defended and a few ferocious hits against the Falcons.
“Bobby's a great football player. Super productive. He's got a great nose for the ball, very instinctive. He runs well. He anticipates plays well. There's just no price that you can put on that - knowing what's going to happen - or anticipate what's going to happen, and then being able to get there and make the play right in the middle. You're a bullseye for somebody on every play. There are no plays where you’re not blocking 54. You’re accounting for him on everything and still he continues to have tremendous production in the running game, the passing game, he's a good blitzer, he's good on outside plays. He's got good instincts on the inside runs. He's quick, he can escape blockers and also take them on. He’s good tackler, he really understands coverages that they play well. He almost plays like a safety around a line of scrimmage and some of the things that they do where he has to carry over routes and things like that. It’s a very difficult position to play in that defense. He's exceptional.”