Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Bits from Belichick's conference call
By Mike Reiss
Patriots coach Bill Belichick held his weekly Tuesday conference call with reporters, and here are two items of note:
1. Reggie Bush & Marshall Faulk: Belichick said that the Saints' offense looks, in some ways, like that of the 2001 St. Louis Rams. That Rams offense was known as "The Greatest Show on Turf." In making that link, Belichick said Saints running back Reggie Bush is similar to former Ram Marshall Faulk -- "a guy who could come out of the backfield and split out and be a receiver, but line up in the backfield and be a running back. Players like that are just rare, very hard to match up with, that give an offense a dimension that you just don't see during the course of the year."
2. Saints threatening Patriots' 2007 records: "We're really not thinking too much about that at all," Belichick said. "I'll tell you one thing, it wouldn't surprise me if the Saints set whatever records there are because I can't think of too many teams, I can't think of any really, that are any more explosive than this team is. I've talked about the Rams, I've talked about the Chargers in the early '80s, but these guys can run with anybody." Belichick added that the Saints are "as good a team as there is in the National Football League this year, so it will be a great test for us to kind of see where we're at."
EXTRA POINT: Jets cornerback Donald Strickland said the crunching hit delivered by Patriots offensive lineman Mark LeVoir was a cheap shot, and he told Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star Ledger that he plans to retaliate against LeVoir in the future.