Bill Belichick on the Big Show: The challenges of a short week
|11.15.10 at 6:49 pm ET|
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, discussed his team’s victory on Sunday night over the Steelers as well as the challenge of having a short week to prepare for the Colts. He acknowledged that, in an effort to leave behind the Steelers game and start preparing for Indianapolis, it was a “short night,” but that such a challenge would “feel a lot worse if you had fewer points [against Pittsburgh].”
Belichick explained that when preparing for a short week — whether coming off of a Sunday night or Monday night game, or, as will be the case after facing the Colts on Sunday and getting ready for a Thanksgiving Thursday game against the Lions — the Patriots try to do as much advance game-planning as possible over the summer.
“One of the things we try to do is in the offseason, when we know we have a short week, we really try to make sure that we put a little bit of extra time into those teams in the offseason,” said Belichick. “We start the process with the team, that we can have everything that we can get already from last year in the offseason, thoughts in talking to other coaches and so forth that you can get done ahead of time as much as you can. You know you are crammed for time on a short week. Next week in Detroit will be a real good example of that.
“When you look at your schedule at the beginning of the season, you have as much information as you can and you have three of four of those [short weeks]. And you try to make sure to do that work, so that when you get to those games you have as much information as you can. You still have a lot to do.”
The Colts already present a formidable challenge for a number of reasons, both because of the frequency with which the Patriots play them (“one of our three non-division division games,” chuckled Belichick) and because of the ability of Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning to read and adapt to defenses. Even though the Colts have suffered a number of injuries to key members of their offense, Belichick suggested that their offense remained both familiar and successful because of Manning.
“It starts with Peyton. He does a great job of running the offense,” said Belichick. “I think when you watch a play, you’re going to look at them and recognize them as the Colts.”