In their season opener this coming weekend, the New England Patriots will take on the Arizona Cardinals. As is customary in the lead-up to a game, reporters in New England asked Belichick some questions about this week’s opponent during his Tuesday news conference.
Based on his answers, it’s safe to say Belichick is quite impressed with the talent Arizona has, especially on offense.
“This is an impressive team,” Belichick said, per NESN. “I think they do a lot of things well. They’re obviously well-coached. They have a good organization. They’ve done a great job of building the team. A lot of strengths — a lot of things we’ll have to deal with.
“Offensively, it’s probably as good a group of skill players as we’ve seen in a long time. They have great receivers, tight ends, running backs, quarterback. A lot of playmakers. A lot of players that can make big plays, and they make a lot of them.”Patriots coach Bill Belichick
“Offensively, it’s probably as good a group of skill players as we’ve seen in a long time. They have great receivers, tight ends, running backs, quarterback. A lot of playmakers. A lot of players that can make big plays, and they make a lot of them.”
The Cardinals go four deep with playmakers at receiver, with starters Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, and John Brown all having had 1,000-plus yard receiving seasons (Fitz has had seven of them) and fourth wideout J.J. Nelson having shown last year that he has deep speed few others can touch. Their tight ends aren’t quite as explosive or as heralded, but Jermaine Gresham and Darren Fells have made their fair share of plays as well.
And the Cardinals’ trio of running backs is not to be messed with. David Johnson averaged over 130 total yards and a touchdown in his five starts last season and is drawing comparisons to Marshall Faulk, Chris Johnson once ran for 2,000 yards, and Andre Ellington is a big play out of the backfield waiting to happen.
And then they have Carson Palmer at the controls, spreading the ball around between all of those guys. Accounting for all that talent is a difficult task, one that will stretch Belichick and Matt Patricia’s defense to its limits. If there’s anyone that’s up for it, though, it’s probably the man in the hoodie.
Source: CBS Sports / Bill Belichick sounds awfully impressed with the Cardinals’ offensive weapons