October 4, 2015

AND HE ONLY HAS ONE EYE:

Coaching during Ravens-Steelers game shows why Bill Belichick dominates the AFC (Mike Preston, 10/03/15, Baltimore Sun0

If you watched Thursday night's game between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, it's easy to figure out why the New England Patriots have won so many Super Bowl titles since the turn of the century.

The AFC doesn't have any other head coach in the class of the Patriots' Bill Belichick.

He might be Public Enemy No. 2 (quarterback Tom Brady is No. 1) in Baltimore because of Deflategate, but Belichick doesn't beat himself. He doesn't leave you puzzled about his coaching decisions.

They are sound and solid. His teams rarely self-destruct because they have discipline.

On Thursday night, Ravens coach John Harbaugh was bad and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was worse. [...]

One of the first things Belichick does is neutralize your top weapons on both offense and defense. He adjusts well to his own personnel, which is why Brady is throwing shorter, quick passes these days as opposed to longer passes when he was younger.

You don't see Patriots receivers run short of the first-down marker on third down. They don't try end-arounds with slow receivers. Good coaching makes a difference, which is why the Patriots keep going to Super Bowls.

Rich Gannon had an interesting take on Belichick during last week's Jags game.  He said that it seemed like all the funky formations and packages that Belichick uses are basically a matter of coaching against himself because he's bored.

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