It doesn't seem like Bill Belichick is the type to spend much time on his couch watching and re-watching "Three Games to Glory IV," the DVD set that tracks his team's run to Super Bowl XLIX. But this week, Belichick and his coaching staff have more than enough reason to go back and re-live that final game as they prepare for the Seahawks.
"Yeah, we’ll definitely take a look at it," Belichick said during a conference call on Monday. "Again, there’s a lot of carryover, especially on their defense, from many of the players that we played against, but there is also carryover on offense. Certainly from some of the key players – the quarterback and the receivers – and the kicking game with the specialists so there’s a decent amount of carryover."
Though Malcolm Butler's game-winning pick occurred nearly two years ago, as Belichick noted, not much has changed for the Patriots and the Seahawks. The head coaches are the same. The quarterbacks are the same. The defenses are largely similar, with Butler taking on Darrelle Revis' role as New England's No. 1 corner.
Perhaps just as importantly, the philosophies at the foundations of both teams have remained intact as well. In an industry where there is as much turnover as there is among NFL coaching staffs, it's relatively rare that two clubs look as similar as these two do after 21 months.
"I would say that their scheme, what they do hasn’t changed dramatically," Belichick said. "Ours probably hasn’t changed dramatically, either. Again, we have a couple of different players, but fundamentally, we do a lot of the same things.
"I think there’s definitely some relevance to that game. I’m sure they’ll look at it. We’ve certainly seen it. I think it’s relevant. Now again, there has been a lot of football played since then so I don’t think it’s . . . Again, [it's] just one piece in the puzzle. I don’t think it’s the whole puzzle."