It’s always good to listen when Bill Belichick is speaking. Here are three takeaways from the Pats coach as their game with the Philadelphia Eagles nears.
In preparation for the Philadelphia Eagles‘ game with the New England Patriots, their head coach Bill Belichick took the opportunity to speak with the Philly media earlier this week. Love him or hate him, when Belichick opens his mouth to speak, instead of mumbling, people listen.
There’s a good reason for that. The six-time Super Bowl-winning coach has defined nearly two decades of NFL football.
There’s no need to waste a lot of time. Here are three takeaways that should interest ‘Birds’ fans.
1. Carson Wentz can do it all.
When asked about Carson Wentz, Belichick responded with nothing but praise for Philadelphia’s signal-caller, stating Wentz could ‘make all of the throws’ and was ‘a smart player’ that was given a great deal of responsibility.
Any praise from Belichick is never a bad thing, but this is interesting because Sunday’s game will be the first time Wentz faces the Patriots. New England has, no doubt, done their homework as both teams will be returning for their bye weeks for Week 11’s tilt.
2. The G.O.A.T. endorses Jim Schwartz as a head coach.
On the subject of Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Belichick didn’t hesitate to credit him for his success with the Detroit Lions and his role in the Eagles Super Bowl victory. Belichick praised Schwartz’s ability to multi-task, saying that Schwartz is ‘the kind of guy that will have twenty things on his plate’ but still thinks ‘three steps ahead of everyone else’.
The combination of multi-tasking and forward-thinking is one that Belichick championed during the brief 14-minute discussion, ending by saying that he believes Schwartz could be a head coach again in the league on day.
3. New England hasn’t forgotten Super Bowl 52.
Belichick also mentioned that his team hasn’t forgotten its loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl 52. When asked about the game Belichick mentioned that the Patriots have ‘watched that game ad nauseam’ over the past few years.
Keep in mind the fact that Tom Brady has also publicly confessed that he still isn’t over losing that game to Philadelphia. The Pats are no doubt using that one for motivation for the guys that played in that game.
Belichick’s words may have been sweet, but there’s a very real sense of malice boiling just below the surface as this one approaches. New England is a team that doesn’t forget past failures, and he’ll be looking to make a statement at Philadelphia’s expense on Sunday. It will be up to Doug Pederson and company to prove that they can once again outsmart the league’s top tactician.