Belichick: Familiarity breeds creativity

Belichick: Familiarity breeds creativity
October 16, 2013, 1:15 pm
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The Patriots have beaten the Jets five times in a row. Generally, they beat the snot out of them the second time around during the Rex Ryan Regime -- 31-14 in 2009, 45-3 in 2010, 37-16 in 2011, 49-19 in 2012.
 
It’s hard to imagine a team and a scheme the Patriots are more familiar with than the Jets.
 
So does it make it easier or harder to play against an opponent that’s so familiar?
 
“I think that can kind of work both ways,” Bill Belichick said this week. “When you compete against somebody and you know the competition and you continue to know them better as you study them and compete against them, you can sometimes be more creative because of their tendencies or the matchup that you think you can create . . . A team you didn’t know as well, you’re not quite as sure how predictably you’d be able to get them into a particular situation that you could take advantage of.”
 
With games against divisional opponents, there is less need for acquainting players with their opponents. Cutting the scouting report time down makes a difference. Because of that, said Belichick, “You can spend a little bit more time game planning or creating something that’s a little bit different than sometimes you can when you have to expend a lot of time and energy just in trying to get the basics, get everybody to understand the basics and how you’re going to handle the core things.
 
Sometimes that limits, not what you have to do, but sometimes it could limit the amount of creativity you want to put into a game when you feel like you have your hands full just handling the basic things. It’s an interesting question, interesting dynamic.”