Del Rio proud of plan that beat Brady, Belichick

Del Rio proud of plan that beat Brady, Belichick
January 28, 2014, 1:30 pm
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NEWARK, N.J. -- Eight days ago, all that stood between Jack Del Rio and a Super Bowl appearance was Tom Brady. A player who’d taken Del Rio’s defenses over his knee every single time he faced it.
 
If Brady played like Brady always did, all we in the media had to do was update the gaudy numbers against Del Rio and start packing for New York.
 
Didn’t turn out that way. And Del Rio, in his 29th NFL season as a player then a coach, is coordinating the defense for the Broncos on Sunday against Seattle. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense poses a different set of challenges from the New England one that Del Rio’s plan bottled up by stopping the run and pressing the snot out of the outside receivers.  
 
“We had a good plan, went out and executed a good plan and advanced,” Del Rio stated at Super Bowl Media Day. “Clearly, the combination of Tom and Bill [Belichick] has been a very productive combination for a long time and one that I hadn’t seen a lot of success against. I take a lot of pride in the fact we were able to put together that plan, play well and advance.”
 
Asked if he was wise to the storyline detailing Brady’s 7-0 record and 17-0 TD-INT ratio against his teams, Del Rio said, “No. I don’t spend too much time worrying about that stuff. I was definitely fired up for the opportunity, the challenge.
 
“Every time you come out of a game against a Belichick-coached team you typically learn a lesson, you learn something,” he explained. “I’ve been through that enough times now where hopefully they came away feeling the same thing.”