Belichick during San Diego game

Before the AFC Championship coach Belichick admired the qualities of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. He then dismantled the Colts offense and is now setting his sights on Russel Wilson.

When asked about the Seahawks leader Belichick had nothing but praise for the young Super Bowl winning quarterback stating:

He kind of reminds me of watching [Roger] Staubach.. I remember a lot of Staubach's spectacular running plays where it looked like he was about to get tackled by three or four guys, and he would Houdini it out of there somehow. You see Wilson doing some of the same things... I can't really define it. You can't really coach it. It's an awareness that all great players have it, all good players have it. I think he just has it at a higher level. It's impressive.

Before big games players may have a chip on their shoulder because of something disrespectful an opponent says or does. A perfect example is when the Michigan Wolverines planted a stake in the home field of Michigan State right before the start of the game. The Spartans did not take kindly to the act and proceeded to whoop their in-state rival 35-11.

Belichick seems to be taking the opposite approach when discussing upcoming opposing quarterbacks. Though I believe it to be a tactic to disarm his opponents emotionally, the Patriots head coach could just be giving an honest assessment. Wilson does not have the flashiest numbers rankings 15th in passing yards and 16th in passing touchdowns, but he has had some great games and no one can deny that he showed tremendous leadership in his unlikely comeback last Sunday. If Wilson continues to rack up wins and improve his throwing ability perhaps he may be considered as elite as Brady and Manning someday.

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Benjamin Dawes 1/21/2015 09:02:00 PM Edit

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