Belichick: Manning 'does everything well'

October, 3, 2012
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Passing along some quick-hit soundbites from Bill Belichick's Wednesday afternoon press conference with reporters at Gillette Stadium.

On how different the Broncos' offense is from the last time the teams played, during a 2011 Divisional playoff game
It's, I'd say, 95 percent different. Some of the same players, some of the same matchups, but those players are doing different things. They're not running the dive option, it's different type plays.

How many hours of film have you watched on Peyton Manning throughout your career?
Quite a few. Quite a few. Back in the division, it seems like.

What do you admire about his game?
"Everything. I think he's got no weaknesses in his game, he does everything well."

Is he still playing at the same level that he played at with the Indianapolis Colts?
"He's playing at a high level, yeah. Looks pretty good to me. Everything's good, his mechanics are good, his decision-making is good, he handles the team well, and all the little things: footwork, ball handling, mechanics. He's pretty good."

Is Denver's offense similar to the offense that Manning ran in Indianapolis?
"It's identical. Looks the same to me."

How has balance on offense affected your usage of shotgun?
"We've been in it less."

Any idea of roughly how much less?
"It varies a little bit from game to game. There were games last year that we were in it 80 percent of the time, and other games it was less. So it varies from game to game, which that, of course, is sometimes reflective of the score. That Pittsburgh game [last year], we were hardly under center that game, but part of that was playing from behind the whole game too. Regardless of whether you are under center or not under center, you still have to have balance, running and passing, doing multiple things. I don't think you can do just one thing in this league for very long from anything."

How similar is Denver's defensive scheme to last year's?
"Similar, but I'd say similar but different. And they change things every week. They're a team that'll do something against Oakland that they hadn't done before against Houston or the week before against Atlanta or Pittsburgh. They're adaptable to what they're facing, and that's something that [Broncos head coach ] John [Fox] traditionally has done. They don't just line up there and run the same thing every time. I don't know how much of that is new, how much of it is game plan for another team, I'm not sure exactly on that. They definitely keep it moving, they don't just sit there in one thing."

Why was it important to you to take part in the NFL Films production "Cleveland 95: A Football Life" (focusing on his coaching staff from that season)?
"It's NFL Films. Steve Sabol, NFL Films, I have a lot of trust and a great relationship with him, so usually when he asked me to do something, I tried to accommodate him."

How did it feel to go back through those memories of a tough season but such a talented staff?
"I don't know. I'm still in contact with a lot of those people. Right now, I'm really just trying to get ready for Denver, concentrate on them. I haven't seen the piece. I'm sure if Steve and NFL Films did it, it'll be good like it usually is."
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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