The Los Angeles Chargers pulled out a thrilling 23-17 win against the Baltimore Ravens, packed up their bags, boarded their plane and flew over five hours back home to Los Angeles.
They didn’t arrive at Hoag Performance Center until a little before 11:00 p.m. PST/2:00 a.m. EST.
Meanwhile, out in New England, Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick was busy this entire time watching tape and building out his game plan to beat the Bolts.
On Monday, Belichick was peppered with questions from the media both in New England and via a conference call in L.A. in which he was asked nonstop about the Chargers. In particular, they wanted to know his thoughts on the team’s high-powered offense.
The future Hall of Fame coach is known for his no-nonsense approach, yet he had a ton to say about the Bolts.
First things first, Belichick couldn’t help but gush over Philip Rivers, explaining why he has great admiration for the quarterback.
“I have a ton of respect for Phil,” he said. “We’ve had an opportunity to spend a little time together. I think he’s a very, very smart person that understands football. Very inquisitive. Knows a lot of what’s going on, not just on his team, but studies other offenses, other teams around the league and defenses. Can put it all together. Understands how to attack and how teams try to defend in this league. I’ve had some great conversations with him, really enjoyed my time with him at the Pro Bowl and was very impressed by his knowledge of the game.… He was a joy to be around and to coach and to have the opportunity to interact with.”
Of course, it goes without saying he has the utmost respect for Rivers’ physical talents as well.
“He’s big, he’s strong, he’s got a good arm,” he said. “He sees the field well. He’s got a very good ability to see the coverage, see the entire field, find the matchups and get the ball where he wants to get it to. If the defense takes something away, he quickly can get his eyes to what the next progression is and make good, quick, decisive decisions. I’ve always been impressed with that.”