Bill Belichick on Jets game: ‘We’ve got our work cut out for us’
Bill Belichick has never been inclined to underestimate an opponent, nor is the New England Patriots head coach prone to providing so-called “bulletin-board material” to an upcoming foe.
That’s why it should hardly come as a shock that the crafty coach is characterizing the woeful New York Jets squad as a worthy adversary ahead of Sunday’s showdown.
The Patriots are firing on all cylinders with two dominant wins to open up the season. The Jets, meanwhile, already find themselves in free-fall mode thanks to Sam Darnold’s mono diagnosis as well as backup Trevor Siemian suffering a serious ankle injury in the Jets’ 23-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Monday night. And the sorry situation at quarterback might just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the issues plaguing the Jets.
The case reasonably can be made that the Jets’ season already appears to be a lost cause, or at the very least stands on the precipice of being one after an 0-2 start with the Patriots up next.
Despite the notion that the Patriots will have no trouble rolling over the undermanned Jets in easy fashion at home, Belichick nevertheless said that Sunday’s game will be a challenge.
Bill Belichick on his team’s dominance in first 2 weeks: “Those games don’t mean much now. It’s just about this week now and matching up against the Jets.”— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) September 17, 2019
Belichick on Jets: “We’ve got our work cut out for us this week. We’re going to have to do a good job across the board.”— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) September 17, 2019
Belichick went on to note how first-year Jets head coach Adam Gase enjoyed surprising success against the Patriots during his tenure with the Miami Dolphins.
Belichick on Gase: “Adam’s probably had as much success and been as hard for us to play against as anybody the way he has game planned for us in the past. He just creates a lot of problems schematically.”— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) September 17, 2019
Every coaching move and decision Belichick makes is shrewd, calculated and geared toward properly motivating and preparing his players. As noted, he’s not about to characterize any opponent as inferior. It’s simply not part of his coaching DNA.