Bill Belichick Has Faced Many Great Offenses And Loves Andy Reid's Approach

Great Offenses Have Very Different Approaches to the Game

Foxboro - Bill Belichick has faced many great offenses in his career. Some like the Indianapolis Colts (when Peyton Manning was QB) have used a static formation with two wide receivers to one side, one wide receiver to the other side, a tight end on the line and a running back. With the Kansas City Chiefs, they use a lot of formations and many different route combinations.

Belichick said Friday he is always nervous before a big game, but with the Chiefs especially so because Andy Reid has a challenging offense schematically and the offense has excellent talent. Belichick reflected (when asked by Pats Maven) on how great offenses often have different philosophies.

"Yeah, I mean, that’s interesting. I think it points to the scheme that teams play and how those schemes evolve. Everybody doesn’t do the same thing. There are a lot of different ways to be effective. Within whatever system it is you used, you just have to be able to handle the things that are presented from your opponents. I’ve been in both systems. I’ve been in systems that have a lot of moving parts. I’ve been in systems that had very few moving parts. One thing I learned early, very early, was they both can work, but they’re not the same and you have to figure out how to handle certain problems in one system and then you handle them differently in another. It’s not, maybe, the same answer,“ Belichick said.

“That’s OK, you just have to have an answer. Yeah, you’re right – I mean the Colts, they didn’t move their receivers. Those guys lined up on the same side of the field on every play. There was no X, there was no Z, there was just left and right. So, yeah, same formation, rare to see anything different formationally. You get their formations done in about five minutes, but they had an answer for everything within their system."

Bill Belichick noted the difference between that offense and the offense of Andy Reid.

"Andy’s offense is, I’d say, one that’s continually evolved. It started out as a West Coast offense and what he ran in Philadelphia was, I’d say, very West Coast-based. That’s evolved to now RPO’s and a multitude of other run-pass combination type of plays, different routes and route progressions – obviously, a lot of one-back sets and empty sets that were never really part of the one-back offense or a minimal part of it. So, he’s been able to adapt very well and certainly he’s had the mobility at quarterback, from [Donovan] McNabb to [Michael] Vick to [Alex] Smith to [Patrick] Mahomes, so he’s always had guys that have been athletic at that position," Belichick said.

While there have been differences, Belichick noted the common dominator.

"That’s been kind of a common denominator, but the offense has evolved. It will probably evolve again this week. I’m sure we’re going to see something that we’re not working on this week that will be a new wrinkle that we’ll have to adjust to during the game. That’s what he does, he does a great job of it, and they execute it well. Usually, when he puts in something, it’s a little bit different. It’s a problem and it works. That’s not always the case sometimes – a team does something new and they don’t execute it very well. It’s hardly ever the case with Andy. His offenses are extremely – there’s a lot of precision to them and they execute it right on the money most of the time. Very well-coached," Belichick said.