Bill Belichick has a knack for taking away an opponent’s most dangerous weapon and that tactic isn’t expected to change much when he squares off against Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants this Sunday.
Unfortunately for Beckham, Belichick has his sights on eliminating Big Blue’s most dynamic playmaker and driving force of the offense.
In a conference call with the New York media, Belichick took special notice to Beckham’s ‘toughness ‘and the Giants wideout seemed both flattered and intrigued by the praise from the Patriots coach.
“It kind of makes me wonder how much has he really watched,” noted Beckham. “For someone to pick me and to put that characteristic as the thing they notice most means that they’re probably watching a lot of film.”
Belichick has established a legendary coaching career with a propensity for devising game plans that confound his adversaries. New England’s beloved coach hasn’t ascended the NFL’s all-time coaching ranks without his share of controversy. Between his Spygate Scandal in 2007 and Deflategate this past season, Belichick’s integrity and credibility have been brought into serious question.
Despite the dark cloud that hovers over an otherwise brilliant coaching run, teams across the league relish the chance to tangle horns with the league’s best team.
“There’s no better way I could have ever really pictured this,” noted Beckham of his upcoming game against New England. “Going into the league you do all these things and this is one of those ones that is at the top of my list, playing against the Patriots.”
The notion of playing the team from Foxboro is enough to get any player’s competitive juices flowing, but Beckham admits that he’s not sure what the man in the hooded sweatshirt will throw at him this week.
“I don’t know what they’re going to do to be honest,” said Beckham. “We go off the film and what they do. You can see what they kind of did to Marshall and the other receivers as far as the double goes. You’ve seen them line up with two guys line up over one guy as if you’re going to run down on a punt. You honestly don’t know until you get out there on Sunday and fully see it first-hand.”