New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been oddly upbeat about the Jacksonville Jaguars, almost to the point of sounding like a supporter of the team. It’s just the build up to the Patriots-Jaguars game, but it’s nice to get some recognition from the opposition.
"“They’re big, strong, and fast at every position,” said Belichick. “They have big corners, big receivers, big tight ends, a big quarterback. They have a bunch of big backs, big safeties. Both their safeties are 215, 210, whatever it is. They’re big.’’Belichick has been impressed with not only the size of — but the transformation of — the Jaguars, long an AFC doormat but now a team on the rise and fresh off an upset of the Dolphins under Gus Bradley, who served as the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator for four seasons before landing the head job in Jacksonville last season.“I think [general manager] Dave Caldwell [and] Gus Bradley and their respective staffs [have] done a really good job putting this team together,’’ Belichick said. “They’re a very talented team. They’re young, they’re hungry . . . We’re going to have to do a great job this week of knowing the personnel we’re playing against because they do move players around to create matchups.’’"
"“He’s being evaluated right now,” Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said Wednesday after a two-hour, 20-minute practice as the AFC South-leading Jaguars (1-1) prepared to play the AFC East-leading New England Patriots (2-0) at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., Sunday at 1 p.m.“It was toward the end of practice. I don’t know where it’s at (in terms of evaluation).”"
"On how difficult it is to prepare for the Patriots…“It’s extremely difficult, extremely difficult. You’re not sure exactly their philosophy coming into a game, whether it’s no huddle or try to establish the run or open up. Really they can do that all within the game as well and that’s what makes it so difficult. You know they like matchups and they look for matchups and that’s one thing to be aware of as well.”– Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley"
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