In a column for the New York Daily News, Mike Lupica talked with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick about what it's like preparing a game-plan against quarterback Peyton Manning, as well as his thoughts on the Seahawks-Broncos Super Bowl matchup.
Belichick peeled back the curtain on some of his pregame preparations for the AFC Championship, and how he was especially curious how Manning had success drawing the Chargers into encroachment/offside penalties. That included the usage of television copies of Broncos-Chargers games.
"Not just watched them so much as listened to them," Belichick told Lupica. "I listened to the rhythm of his cadence in those games, and then I listened to his cadence in that first playoff game, and realized he’d changed, like, four different cadences. And got ’em with that! And you know something? He would have gotten me, too."
Belichick, who drew a comparison between Manning and Joe Montana in terms of the challenge of preparing a team to face them, also shared his thoughts on the Broncos-Seahawks Super Bowl matchup.
"I think Seattle is a tough matchup for Denver," Belichick told Lupica. "They don’t have to do things much differently than they have been doing. They’re looking for enough pass rush and doing enough to jam (Manning’s) receivers to cause problems for him doing the things he likes to do. And the amount of zone they play could be a problem for him. But of course that becomes a problem for Seattle if Manning is picking them apart.”