Belichick delivers 'big' story on Jaguars

December, 22, 2009
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday that the page has been turned to Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He's already told the players it's the biggest game of the season, and that "big" theme carries over when scouting the Jaguars.

“I think the thing that stands out about this team is how big and physical they are, really in every area," Belichick said. "They are physical on offense, physical on defense, physical in the kicking game. They’re strong, they’re tough. They can run the ball, they can stand up to the running game, they can cover well. Of course, they can throw it and defend it too. They’re a physical team -- they’re big, they’re tough -- and it’s been that style of play pretty much every week in every phase of the game. With the players they have, straight down the roster, for the most part they are bigger and probably faster than most of the other players in the league at their respective positions."

Belichick described the Jaguars' offensive scheme as not "overly complex."

"They kind of do what they do, they do it pretty well, and they make you stop it," he said. "You watch them play last week against Indianapolis and a lot of times I don't think it was a big mystery as to what they are trying to do. It's just a question of whether you can do anything about it. You have to be able to cover big receivers, a couple big, fast tight ends, and you have to be able to play against a physical offensive line, a physical back, and a big quarterback who is mobile and athletic and has a great arm. I don't think it's a big scheme game, a chess match. I think it's more of a can-you-stop-the-things-they-do [game]."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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