Patriots head coach Bill Belichick spoke to the media on Monday during his annual phone conference to talk about the Cowboys
He mostly spent the time talking about the Cowboys and different players and schemes, but he addressed the Colts as well towards the end, but not in the way you may think.
He was asked about the coverages on Witten and Beasley which he was impressed with.
“Good. Witten obviously is one of the top players in the league at his position and I thought that Devin and Patrick, who had a lot of coverage responsibility for Witten, did a really good job, but they also got some help. Our ends jammed them at times – Jabaal [Sheard] and Chandler [Jones] and Rob [Ninkovich] – and then our linebackers also at times had a presence there, at least in the throwing lanes. It was definitely a team effort. It wasn’t just one guy covering them. But I thought that Chung and McCourty in particular really did a good job. McCourty was on him in a lot of those third-down and a couple red-area situations where they try to double move or go to him on third down, and those are some critical plays and Devin did a really good job of matching up against Witten. He’s a tough guy to cover. Beasley is a hard matchup in the slot, too, in terms of his quickness and his run-after-the-catch ability because he can take a short play and turn it into a long one. We got him tackled a couple times after he caught the ball, but overall I thought we competed pretty well against those two guys and they’re both very explosive players, Witten especially in any critical situations – third down, red area, fourth down, end of the game, got-to-have-it-type plays. He’s a guy you’ve got to get on. He caught that one third-down pass, but it was short of the first down. He really didn’t hurt us too much in those situations, and he’s killed a lot of people with that,” Belichick said.
You can read his full transcript HERE.