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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