It’s always cool when game respects game. Bill Belichick emerges from an offseason of dull and — when we’re lucky — glib responses to the media and actually gives us something to sink our teeth into as the 2013 NFL preseason approaches. It all finally begins for the New England Patriots with hotshot hire Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles Week 1.
“We’re looking forward to having the chance to go down and work against a good football team, a young team, a new head coach that’s coming in with a little swagger that he’s bringing from college,” Belichick said, via The Associate Press. “We’ll see where we’re at.”
Belichick using the word “swagger” is always fun. I bet Belichick wishes Philly moved to the AFC East so that he could battle Kelly twice a year. He’s a total swagger-jacker.
Speaking of, while Belichick’s teams have won a ridiculous 10 division titles and three Super Bowls since 2000, his trademark defense has displayed little intimidation over the past seven years. That last Super Bowl win in 2005 is growing smaller and smaller in the rearview mirror, and it has to eat at Belichick, despite his first-ballot ticket to the Hall of Fame in tow.
Watching Belichick clash with Kelly will be interesting to watch, even if it is just Week 1 of the preseason. I’m not sure how many great takeaways this contest will have, but I’ve been eager to see if this is the year Belichick’s defense returns to dominance. This mix of talented young players in the front seven combined with proven players on the back end could spell just the defensive turnaround the Patriots need to add No. 4.