New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick sat down with Scott Zolak for a whopping 11 minutes to break down the team’s best plays against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including a throwback reference to the 2001 Patriots team.
First, Belichick looks at Dion Lewis’ big run, which the coach calls the team’s first explosive run of the year. Don’t be surprised if that earns Lewis more playing time moving forward. James Develin and the offensive line get props for their blocking.
The next play is Devin McCourty tackling the running back at line of scrimmage, with a tip of the hat to Trey Flowers.
The third play is a third down run stop on short yardage by Elandon Roberts, which is a good sign for the defense’s progress. Opposing teams gained a first down on 25% of first and second down plays in 2016, but that’s increased to 35% in 2017. The Patriots need to both force and create stops on third downs more frequently.
The fourth and final play from the Buccaneers game is Danny Amendola’s punt return. Belichick highlights the job by Jonathan Jones as a gunner, along with Johnson Bademosi and Patrick Chung.
Belichick shares a tidbit that his return team is not concerned about blocking the long snapper because the returner should be able to avoid them in the open field. Belichick then goes back in time to show how Amendola’s return reminded him of one by Troy Brown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2001-02 AFCCG, featuring Ty Law and Matt Chatham and Larry Izzo.
It’s an awesome 11 minutes, well worth your time. Watch it here.