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On the Phone with Belichick and Welker

Posted by Alex Espinoza on December 12, 2012 – 4:26 PM

When talking with the Bay Area media on a conference call Wednesday, Bill Belichick couldn’t stop using the word “explosive” to describe his upcoming opponent, the San Francisco 49ers. The respected Patriots coach has helped establish New England as one of the NFL’s model organizations over the past 10-plus years, so he knows a talented group when he sees one.

Belichick will face the 49ers in the flesh on Sunday night, as the two teams prepare for Week 15’s most-anticipated matchup on a primetime stage.

“They’re explosive,” Belichick said of the 49ers. “They can score on any play from anywhere on the field on offense, defense or special teams.”

San Francisco (9-3-1) is just one victory away from clinching its second straight playoff berth, thanks to a pair of quality quarterbacks who have led the team along the way. Colin Kaepernick is 3-1 as a starter since taking over for Alex Smith, who led the 49ers to a 6-2-1 start to the season.

Sunday will mark Belichick’s first time game-planning against Kaepernick, a player who has impressed the Patriots coach greatly on film.

“He’s an explosive player, he can make some big plays,” Belichick said. “The offensive system that they run with him in there has the element of the option, the pistol offense, that type of thing. It’s just another thing to prepare for.”

Likewise, when discussing the 49ers talent on the defensive side of the ball, Belichick used the word “explosive” when noting players like Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis and Dashon Goldson.

At the forefront of the New England attack will be receiver Wes Welker, who has also quickly recognized the quality of San Francisco’s defense during film study this week.

“They’ve got a lot of good players, a lot of good playmakers and obviously a really good rush,” Welker said. “Their safeties aren’t afraid of contact or anything else and all-around they’re a great defense.”

One thing the Patriots like to use to keep defenses off-balance is a quick-strike, no-huddle offense. Not only does it keep the defense from substituting players to stay fresh, but it gives quarterback Tom Brady another advantage at the line of scrimmage.

“It makes the defense declare what they’re going to do and helps us get set up,” Welker said. “It’s tough for them to disguise things or anything like that and we’re able to move the ball and go.”

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13 Responses to “On the Phone with Belichick and Welker”

  1. By SB on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with Belichick that the 49ers are explosive, both defensively and offensively. Hence, the 49ers are going to be victorious. Go 49ers.

  2. By Rob on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    I like how they give Smith the tie but not Kaep. Kaep only played four of the five quarters so I get it.

  3. By NinjaMic on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    “One thing the Patriots like to use to keep defenses off-balance is a quick-strike, no-huddle offense. Not only does it keep the defense from substituting players to stay fresh…”

    Because the 49ers defense substitutes players all the time or what??? Lol

  4. By sean on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Nope! Niners hardly ever substitute out on defense so good luck on tiring them out…..not to mention they re-signed all 11 defensive starters so this is a team that really works well together, since they know another so well it will make Brady reading our defense harder, 9ers got this all Der way!!

  5. By breeze on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    The niners are far from explosive. Can they score once a game with kap unexpectedly? Sure, but teams know him now and will game plan for him. They didn’t look explosive last week against Miami. Our the week before with the rams. Belichick is bring sarcastic or just trying not to give sf fuel… Pats will win if they are clicking like they did on Monday…

  6. By SnakeZ on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    As a Patriots Fan, The monday night victory against Texans was something that I was saying for weeks before that game and no body believes me. But this time I recognize that my Pats will be playing against a good 49rs team. I recognize the quality of the 49rs and for me this will be a great game and could be SB preview. At the same time like I said it to texans fans, 49rs will be going to play Sunday Night Football Primetime @ NE. Gillette Stadium is a tough place to win and the pats fan crowd is part of it and add to that a weather possiblity of 35-30 temp with snow rain. PATS celebration. GOOOO Patriots

  7. By phatalerror on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    Hey SnakeZ: Do you think the 49ers would have a better chance for winning against your Patriots if Smith is quarterbacking than if Kaepernick is quarterbacking? Your thoughts would be interesting seeing as the 49ers’ fan base is pretty well divided over the issue on a number of counts.

  8. By iswordsman on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with Belichik. Explosive is a good word. Especially when we are making all those 3rd down conversions. Often we can be seen self- exploding on 3rd downs. The play doesnt seem to get to EITHER QB in time to make any adjustments at the line…ooops there goes another timeout. And in Gillette… hoo-boy
    Brady on the other hand…

  9. By bolweevil on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    it matters not who’s throwing the rock (exceptionally capable winners). Frank and Vern are our must-haves on O. NE D is reliant upon a sick O putting up insane #’s. Smith brothers (Aldon, Justin) backed up by All-Pro future HOF linebackers and fearless, technically adept, intelligent and durable secondary are ObiWan (our only hope). Tom cannot do well lying on his back. Strength and Honor

  10. By BrokeBrokeUH on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    Explosive offense? They may get lucky sometimes like Kap’s last rushing TD but that is few and far between. They go 3 and out more times than I would like.

  11. By bradywillchoke on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    brady will choke in the packet when those two smith guys are coming at him GO 9ERS !

  12. By 49ersfanforliferich on Dec 14, 2012 | Reply

    If we can pressure brady and knock him down we have a shot. OC Roman is gonna have to take at least five chances for big throwing plays downfield for the niners to have a chance were gonna have to score at least 27 points to keep up with the pats 27 24 Niners

  13. By nreyn on Dec 14, 2012 | Reply

    A lot of teams think a lot of things about the Pats, until they line up across from them.

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