Words of wisdom from Bill Belichick

Buffalo Bills fans are revitalized after watching sensational offensive performances in consecutive preseason games. They might even believe in Trent Edwards again.


BelichickNew England Patriots fans must be content with their offense, but they have reason to be concerned with what rookie St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford did to their defense.

The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins have had their problems. Their quarterbacks have been erratic, creating uneasiness with the regular season two weeks away.

But it's the preseason, people. No reason to get too worked up one way or the other.

In that regard, I liked this quote from Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Monday and wanted to share it for the sake of perspective. A reporter asked if Belichick feels uncertainties about his team.

"I think every coach feels like that. I can't imagine that you wouldn't. Regular season and preseason are two different things. Teams start game planning against you. Then you find out a little bit more about where you're really at on some things. Preseason, you're running your plays. They're running their plays. Sometimes they match up. Sometimes they don't. You're playing a lot of people. There are a lot of different matchups.

"It's hard to get a read on it. Once you get to the regular season, nobody holds back. You get their best game plan. You get your toughest matchups. You try to create [tough matchups] for them. Your weaknesses get exposed. You try to get to your strengths, but they don't let you get to them as easily. And you're doing the same.

"It's a whole different game. Until that happens, I don't think you are really sure where exactly everything is. It's different in the regular season."