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Doug Flutie gives in-depth look at Bill Belichick's masterful game preparation

Doug Flutie gives in-depth look at Bill Belichick's masterful game preparation

No NFL head coach makes more of an impact on winning than Bill Belichick, and one of the reasons for that is the astounding amount of preparation that goes into game planning for every opponent.

The New England Patriots coach collects a wealth of information to find every potential weakness in an opponent. One of his former players, quarterback Doug Flutie, went on the "Rich Eisen Show" on Monday and gave an interesting, in-depth look at the amount of detail Belichick goes into before each game.

“The thing that amazed me was the amount of information Bill would take in early in the week to prepare his gameplan,” Flutie said. “He has people reading every article. Every comment that comes from an opposing locker room gets read, filtered through. The amount of information you can pick up from all the interviews the other players are doing — the things they say about a gameplan, they don’t mean to be telling it. But there is a lot of information that’s given away.

"That’s why Bill Belichick is the most boring interview in the country. Bill is not going to give you one thing. He’s gonna get on top of his guys not to say a word. Be generic, be bland, don’t give away information because there’s a ton of information to be given away. It amazed me, in their scouting reports and in their gameplans, how detailed they could be and how right on they could be because of information that came out of a press conference.”

These remarks from Flutie prove that Belichick's boring press conferences aren't just an act. He knows other coaches have the ability to find weaknesses or valuable information about his team if he is honest with reporters during media availabilites before games. 

The margin for error is so slim in today's NFL, which means any bit of extra information could prove vital. Belichick is smart enough to give his opponents as little information as possible, and in doing so, leaves them less prepared than they'd want to be. It's one of the many reasons why he's clearly the best head coach in the league, and why the Patriots are the most consistent team in football with 16 consecutive 10-win seasons.

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This stat shows just how dominant Stephon Gilmore was in 2018

This stat shows just how dominant Stephon Gilmore was in 2018

Stephon Gilmore was sensational for the Patriots in 2018.

The 28-year-old cornerback's performance on the field spoke for itself throughout the Pats' championship campaign, but a look at the numbers provides some context for just how dominant he was.

According to Pro Football Focus, Gilmore only allowed 44 percent of the balls thrown his way to be caught by opposing receivers. That's the lowest percentage of any cornerback in the league with 400 or more coverage snaps.

That amazing stat likely factored into Gilmore earning an "elite" grade from PFF back in February.

Gilmore's outstanding season ended on a perfect note with a game-sealing interception in Super Bowl LIII vs. the Rams. It'll be tough to top that, but he'll look to at least duplicate his success as New England's star DB again in 2019.

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When Harry met Tom - Brady works out with Patriots rookie WR and Edelman

When Harry met Tom - Brady works out with Patriots rookie WR and Edelman

While his teammates were at OTAs this week at Gillette Stadium, Tom Brady, who skipped them for the second year in a row, had a few Patriots around his place for private workouts.

On social media, Brady posted pictures of himself working out with teammate Julian Edelman and more significantly, Patriots first-round pick, wide receiver N'Keal Harry of Arizona State.

Harry, who told reporters Thursday at OTAs that he had yet to speak to Brady personally and had only communicated with him through social media. That's obviously changed the past few days. Harry, who also tweeted a picture of himself catching Brady tosses, had said this week he was excited to "learn from the best." 

Offseason workouts in Foxboro continue Wednesday and Thursday and mandatory minicamp is June 4-6. July training camp dates have yet to be announced. 

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