After watching the lowest scoring game in Super Bowl history, while no one was really entertained many can at least appreciate the genius that is Bill Belichick.
It was back to back matchups that Belichick had to face going up against the top offense in the Kansas City Chiefs, and then the next best in the Los Angeles Rams. Although, those are two worthy opponents, it was not a challenge for the greatest head coach of all time.
Having two weeks of rest after the AFC Championship showdown between the Chiefs and the New England Patriots, it offered plenty of time for Belichick to design a scheme against the high powered Rams. Though everyone had their eyes on Tom Brady and watching his incredible run in the Super Bowl continue, Belichick’s game plan stole the show.
Time of possession was a factor once again in the biggest game of the year. The Patriots had the pigskin for 33 minutes and 10 seconds, while the Rams controlled the ball for 26 minutes and 50 seconds. Even though roughly six minutes may not seem like a lot, go ask Sean McVay if he’d wish his team had the ball for six more minutes.
Belichick was never known for his offense, but more for his defensive mindset. Los Angeles averaged 33.3 points this season, and yet, they only scored a long 52-yard field goal to tie the game. The odds of the Rams only having three points the whole game was 400 to one odds of that occurring; and yet, Belichick along with Brian Flores accomplished the improbable. Staying on the defense, Belichick put his best corner, who is also the best corner in the NFL this season according to Pro Football Focus, Stephon Gilmore on Brandin Cooks. He then decided to double up Robert Woods who’s Jared Goff’s main target. Once those two options weren’t available and Todd Gurley and the run game clearly wasn’t contributing with only 62 yards (once again Belichick holding his opponent to under 100 rushing yards), Goff looked like a rookie playing in his first game.
In addition to making those strategic plans, Belichick’s defense played the most zone in this game than he has in any other matchup this season. The head coach always throws a curveball to his opponent to see how they adjust. Then, when times mattered the most, he sends his team back to man defense.
Anyone can have good players on a team, but what drives a team to win a championship is coaching. Coaching is the same as teachers; everyone needs a great teacher to guide students in the right direction. Bill Belichick has shown time and time again why he’s the greatest mind in football and no one should argue if he’s the greatest after this outstanding performance that lead his team to tie the NFL league record for most Lombardi trophies. Belichick has eight rings on his finger; is it time to change the Lombardi trophy and rename it the Belichick trophy?