3) Bill Belichick is willing to innovate
The best head coaches in the NFL do not stick to one way to win. They find ways to beat each individual opponent and aren’t afraid of changing a scheme or changing a focal point to do it.
Nobody does this better than New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. He has shown some innovative defenses and innovative offenses in his years as head coach, employing shocking schemes on some downs that confuse viewers as much as they worry opposing head coaches.
Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has never faced Belichick and it is almost guaranteed that Belichick will break out something fresh for the Super Bowl to confuse his younger opponent.
With that innovation comes experience. Quinn has some incredibly talented players at his disposal but he and young offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (named assistant of the year) are unlikely to throw something at the Patriots that Belichick hasn’t seen before. Belichick can rely on his decades of head coaching experience to combat what they want to do.
There is a lot of hoopla about the Falcons offense and they deserve it, but the Patriots are a completely different animal from any other team they have faced before. Belichick has a psychological edge over opposing head coaches and he keeps that edge heading into the Super Bowl.