FOXBORO -- The Seattle Seahawks are tied for third in the NFL with seven forced fumbles. So the Patriots know that their defense is energetic, aggressive, and disruptive.
Credit that to the players, of course. But also credit that mentality to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who's in his third season with the club.
"I think Pete's done a really good job putting together a football team," said Belichick on Wednesday. "They're young, and they're good. They of course got into the playoffs in 2010 and beat New Orleans. That was a big win for them. It looks like they've just continued to get better, individually and collectively, each year.
"I've got a lot of respect for Pete. I think he's a really good coach. Like I said, he's put together a real good team. His teams always play hard. They always have a lot of energy. They're a turnover-driven team. They take the ball away. They don't just wait for you to drop it. They go in there and aggressively take it away.
"You can see it's the coaching that emphasize that they get the football," added Belichick. "I think Pete does a good job. They're fast, they're aggressive, they take the ball away. They're sound. They don't run every trick play in the book. Defensively, they do what they do. They do it well. And they've been very successful at it. That's a good football team now."