Sorry, Mark Sanchez.
Bill Belichick has been in the league for a long time and his Patriots teams have beaten a lot of good quarterbacks. It’s no wonder Peyton Manning, a newly dressed Hall of Famer, is the best of the bunch, according to Belichick.
In fact, in an uncharacteristic move, Belichick offered Manning high praise (via The Boston Globe):
He’s definitely the best quarterback I’ve ever trained against. There have been quarterbacks who called their own plays, but it wasn’t nearly the same as he did. Basically, he called each play adjusting and / or changing the play once he saw what the defense was doing. He excelled at using blitz cadence and recognition, and more than any other offensive player, he forced us to change and adapt defensive game plans.
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Belichick isn’t exactly one to offer even a little behind-the-scenes peek at the Patriots, so that the New England head coach admits how much trouble Manning gave him is certainly high praise.
However, the Patriots and Belichick did gain the lead over Manning in their careers – the former Colts and Broncos quarterback was 8-12 overall against the Patriots (playoffs and regular season combined), but that mark The win rate is the most among the quarterbacks Belichick has played against.
Manning was the headliner for this weekend’s Hall of Fame class, joining the 2020 class in Canton; Others included Bill Cowher, Calvin Johnson, Troy Polamalu, Jimmy Johnson, and Calvin Johnson.
Belichick and Manning’s last meeting was in the 2015 playoffs (Manning and the Broncos won the AFC championship game 20-18), but they, or at least their busts, are expected to meet again in Canton some time. day.