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Bill Belichick doesn’t like to banter to the press about fluffy topics, he grunts and snarls at those poor reporters who think so pink balloon-ish.
However, if you want to hear Belichick go on and talk about things that are passionate to him, he’ll give you a wealth of information.
Friday’s press conference Belichick effused his opinion of Jerod Mayo and the middle linebacker position.
"I think a lot of times rookies come in and they’re talented, they’re big and fast. They can run and chase the ball. But a lot of times, they’re just kind of running around out there.As they gain more experience and more understanding of the total defense, and where their teammates are and how things fit on different runs, they play with maybe a little more patience, maybe a little bit more recognition in terms of play-action passes and missed direction plays and things like that."
"Although Jerod is very good and has been very good at those. But I think certainly you get better at them through time", Belichick said according to Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of the Boston Globe.
"It’s kind of like the quarterback. A linebacker has to make multiple, multiple decisions on every play. Not only what assignment is but what the play is but all the way along the line. Different angles and how to take on blocks, how to tackle, the leverage you play with, the angle to run to and so forth.
There are so many things that happen in a split second during the course of a play. Just like there is for a quarterback. The more of those things that you can do right, slow down and get the most important things, not get distracted by all the stuff that’s happening, just really zero in on the target."
"I think a good quarterback, or a good linebacker, the safety, it slows down for them and they can really see it. Then there are other guys, it’s a lot of bodies moving and they don’t see anything. It’s like being in a busy intersection with cars going everywhere.
The guys who can really sort it out, they see the game at a slower pace and they can really sort out and decipher all that movement, which is hard but experience certainly helps that."
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