The New England Patriots (0-2) take on the New York Jets (1-1) in Week 3 action on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here are five final questions for the Pats as they gear up for a must-win game on the road…
Does Bill Belichick Still Have It?
That’s admittedly a broad question, and one that would get a wide range of reactions when presented in a vacuum. And everyone who responds will be absolutely sure of their opinions. But for the purpose of this game against the Jets, the question is: does Bill Belichick still have “It” against young, sloppy quarterbacks?
Because if there’s anything that Belichick has been a stone-cold lock to accomplish as Patriots head coach, it’s to flummox, hoodwink, and bamboozle bad QBs. His defensive philosophy has always centered around forcing opponents to be smart and patient and clean as they march their way down the field.
Fourth-year pro Tua Tagovailoa passed the test with flying colors in Week 2. If friggin’ Zach Wilson passes his test on Sunday, that’s a horrible sign for Belichick’s supposed defensive prowess. Because that’s how he’s built his team, and that’s been his area of expertise for decades. He may not be piloting the Death Star like he used to, but his approach should still work against young signal-callers who struggle with decision-making and ball security. Like Wilson.
Despite the doubts creeping in about the job Belichick is doing with the 0-2 Patriots, we’re not expecting some kind of Zach Wilson Renaissance on Sunday at MetLife, especially with rain and wind expected to descend on the teams when they take the field. This should be a game that the Pats defense can mix up their looks and simply wait for Wilson to do something stupid. It might not take long.