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Bill Belichick on Salk & Holley: Broncos ‘don’t make it easy’ for teams to disguise defense

01.14.14 at 9:26 am ET
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined Salk & Holley on Monday to discuss Sunday’€™s AFC championship game against the Broncos. To hear the interview, go to the Salk & Holley audio on demand page.

Belichick said it is a challenge to disguise the Patriots defense when playing the Broncos.

“Denver makes it hard on you because they all of the time get into formations that force you to declare certain things,”€ Belichick said. “€œWhether you’€™re going to move a linebacker out or you’€™re going to put your corners on one side, whether they’€™re going to stay backside to a tight end, things like that to try to get some indicators of what they’€™re coverage is going to be.

“€œIf they were to line up in the same formations every time, it’€™d be all too easier to disguise because you know where they are and you have a little more control over it, but when they’€™re going fast and change their formations a lot and giving you looks … Disguising is certainly a big part of the game and is important, but it’€™s not as important as playing what you have called is.

“If you can’€™t play what you have, then it doesn’t matter if you disguise it or not, it’€™s probably not going to be very good, but that’€™s the issue, they don’€™t make it easy for you as much as you want to disguise, sometimes they put you in a bind.”

When asked if continuing to run the ball has led to one big run toward the end of the game, Belichick said, “If you’€™re running the ball you hope it’€™s true, if you’€™re defending it you hope it’€™s not true.”

The Patriots have relied more on their running game this season, but it has just as much to do with outside factors as it does with the team’s mentality.

“I think certainly the weather was a factor in the Buffalo game much more so than it was against the Colts,”€ Belichick said. “Anytime you’€™re playing from ahead 14, 10 points it’€™s a lot easier to call runs and be balanced than if you were behind by the same score, so that’€™s definitely a factor.

“But in the end, nobody likes to run the ball when you’€™re not gaining yards. You can say you’€™re going to run the ball, but if you’€™re gaining one or two yards a carry, who wants to call those runs? … You’ve got to find a way to move the ball and if you’€™re gaining yards it’€™s easy to call. If you’€™re throwing the ball and you’€™re gaining yards it’€™s easy to call passes.

“œThe key thing is to execute the plays, move the ball and score points. If you’€™re doing that, then our offense is being effective. If it’€™s not, we’ve got to find a way to do that.”

Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.

On LeGarrette Blount: “He’€™s kind of unique. He’€™s really a halfback in a fullback’€™s body. … He’€™s got good lateral quickness, good vision good acceleration and he’€™s a big guy who can run with power. He really has a lot of different ways he can beat you — run over guys, run around them, can outrun them and he has very good vision. He finds holes that a lot of times aren’t that evident but when you study the play closely, you can see how quickly he can find it and get in it and get through it.”

On Jamie Collins’€™ rookie season: “I think he showed up quite a bit in the spring, started all the way in our spring workouts. His athleticism, his intelligence, his learning ability, his being able to adjust … He made his mistakes like any rookie did. You could definitely see he had a good makeup as a football player. He didn’t get rattled, he’€™s got poise, he can concentrate, he’€™s got tremendous athletic skill. He’€™s an explosive player. He has a lot going for him and he’€™s gained more experience. He’€™s just doe more things for us, but he’€™s been making plays for us all year.”

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