Belichick: Russell Wilson kind of reminds me of Roger Staubach
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick paid Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson the ultimate compliment during a conference call Tuesday. He thought back to his Naval Academy roots to come up with a comparison to a Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer.
"He kind of reminds me of watching (Roger) Staubach," Belichick said. "I remember a lot of Staubach’s spectacular running plays where it looked like he was about to get tackled by three or four guys, and he would Houdini it out of there somehow. You see Wilson doing some of the same things."
When Belichick does anything besides mutter, it makes news. His father, Steve, coached at the Naval Academy when Staubach won the Heisman Trophy.
Nothing about Wilson’s four interceptions Sunday reminded anyone of Staubach. But he responded brilliantly when given another opportunity late in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Belichick will continue to heap praise upon Wilson, but he will take notes from how the Green Bay Packers bottled him up for most of Sunday’s NFC title game. The Ravens showed in the divisional round that the Patriots’ defense is susceptible to big plays. On Sunday, Seahawks receivers had trouble getting separation from the Packers’ cornerbacks until late in the game.
But Belichick knows Seattle feeds off its defense. He would be wise to review how the Cowboys’ offense dominated the line of scrimmage in a win against the Seahawks earlier in the regular season.
As great as Belichick’s career has been, it feels like he needs one more Lombardi Trophy to top it off. He’ll be facing a team that needed all sorts of help (see the non-catch) to reach this stage.
These teams were both struggling around the midway point this season. But somehow they’ve made it to Glendale.
Belichick may need to channel Chuck Noll to overcome the man who reminds him of Staubach.
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