Joint practices ideal for situational football

Joint practices ideal for situational football
August 5, 2014, 2:15 pm
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RICHMOND, Virginia – Last week, Eagles corner Cary Williams indicated he didn’t want to work with the Patriots because he was afraid they’d steal some intel.
 
Williams can’t be expected to understand the big picture. He’s a player, not a coach. The truth is, intel gained by a coaching staff about what its team can do is invaluable. The information an opponent gleans during these practices? Negligible.
 
Prior to Tuesday’s practice, Bill Belichick explained that there is no way to get the volume of starter reps in a preseason game that the Patriots are getting against Washington.
 
“Let’s face it, there’s no team in the league that’s gonna have its starting offense and starting defense on the field on the final drive of the game in preseason like its gonna be in the regular season,” Belichick pointed out. “This is an opportunity to get it against somebody else. Not only in situations but just playing against another team, trying to stop them, trying to score.
 
“We might get 10 plays in the red area during a preseason game, we might not,” Belichick added. “But we know we’re gonna get them today. Same thing on third down, how many third downs will we see? By the end of the week, we’ll probably get 30 third-down situations here. You just can’t get the reps in preseason games that you can on the practice field, especially in situational play. That’s very valuable to the individual players but also to the team in terms of playing the situation.”
 
The Patriots worked on conventional stuff Monday. First, second and third downs. The inside running game. On Tuesday, it will be heavy on the situations. Belichick said that red zone, third down and two-minute work will be on.
 
“That’s where a lot of the value comes in this,” he concluded. “That’s the biggest advantage.”