BOSTON (CBS) – Bill Belichick is the master of talking up the competition.
The Patriots head coach was at it again on Monday, praising the 0-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his conference call with the media.
“Talk about a team that’s two plays away from being 2-0, that’s Tampa,” Belichick said the Patriots Week 3 opponent. “They’ve been really close the last two weeks and have come up short but a couple plays that just turn out a little differently, wouldn’t have taken much, we’d be looking at a 2-0 team.”
Tampa lost their Week 1 meeting with the Jets thanks to a personal foul on linebacker Lavonte David, which moved New York into field goal range with just two seconds remaining. They followed that up this weekend by letting the New Orleans Saints come back to win despite trailing 14-13 with just over a minute left. Kicker Rian Lindell missed a 47-yard field goal that would have put Tampa by by four, and the Saints drove 54-yards to set up a game-winning kick by Garrett Harley as time expired.
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“We would have expected Tampa’s best no matter what happened in the first two games and that’s what we’ll expect this week,” said Belichick. “I think that that’s a team that I would expect to get their absolute best performance every week.”
The two teams are familiar with each other after holding joint practices this preseason ahead of their August 16 game in Tampa. Belichick took time to praise Tampa running back Doug Martin, who burned the Saints for 154 yards on Sunday, and receiver Vincent Jackson, who has 231 receiving yards through the first two weeks.
But Belichick doesn’t think there will be much carryover from the practices and preseason game, other than general familiarity with the …read more
Source: CBS local Boston