Patriots’ Bill Belichick calls joint practices with Titans ‘great opportunity’ to face mobile QBs
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is a big fan of joint practices. He does them every year, often multiple times per year, and always raves about the experience it gives his guys.
Earlier this month, he said he was hoping the team’s joint practices with the Lions would help the Patriots fix their road issues from last year.
In preparation for their second preseason game against the Titans, the Pats are having joint practices with Tennessee. Belichick thinks it will help his team prepare for some of the mobile quarterbacks they’re going to face.
“Yeah, it’s a great opportunity,” Belichick said at a press conference, via Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.com. “All three of these guys [Marcus Mariota, Ryan Tannehill and Logan Woodside] are very athletic, can do a lot of different things. They’re involved in the run game, misdirection, moving pocket-type plays in the passing game, but also can scramble and so forth. So yeah, this will be good work for us. We haven’t really seen that type of quarterback so far this year.”
The Lions’ quarterbacks during their joint practices were Matthew Stafford, Tom Savage, and David Fales, so this is certainly a change. New England’s defense occasionally will struggle against a mobile quarterback, and that happened last year against this very team.
The Patriots played the Titans in Week 10 last year, and they got blown out by a score of 34-10. It was by far their worst loss of the season, and Belichick surely hasn’t forgotten about it.
This time around, he seems to think they’ll be much better prepared.