Getting Bill Belichick to reveal his true feelings might be harder than pulling teeth.
Belichick is notorious for short, grumbled answers during his press conferences, and he rarely makes bold statements about his team or the NFL as a whole. But when he was recently asked about a certain Super Bowl-winning quarterback, Belichick was quick to name him the best player in the entire league.
And no, it wasn’t his longtime QB Tom Brady or former MVP Patrick Mahomes.
Bill Belichick isn’t one to deliver hot takes during press conferences
When Belichick steps up to the microphone in the Patriots’ media room, he’s all business. He’ll speak about the Pats’ upcoming opponent and how his team looks in practice, but he rarely delivers any hot takes.
Well, maybe the legendary coach is getting more daring in the backstretch of his career. During a media session Thursday morning, Belichick cast his vote for the best player in the NFL, and his answer might surprise you.
Belichick calls Russell Wilson ‘underrated’ and the best player in the league
Belichick spoke to the media Thursday morning ahead of the Patriots’ game against the Seahawks on Sunday night. After Russell Wilson’s immaculate debut in Week 1, Belichick and the Pats will have their hands full with the efficient QB.
When asked about Wilson, Belichick didn’t hold back on praising the six-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champ. He even intimated that he’s not just the best quarterback in the NFL, but the best player in the entire league.
Honestly I think he’s in a way underrated by the media or the fans, I don’t know. But I don’t really see anybody better than this player.Bill Belichick
Belichick rarely makes bold statements like the one he made Thursday morning, so that should tell you how much he admires Wilson’s greatness.
Belichick and the Patriots face Wilson this Sunday
The Patriots and Seahawks both looked to be in mid-season form in their season debuts last Sunday, both no one looked sharper than Russell Wilson.
Wilson went 31-35 passing for 322 yards and four touchdowns. He was closer to throwing zero incompletions than throwing a single interception, as he was firing on all cylinders against the Atlanta Falcons. Wilson led the Seahawks to a dominant 38-25 win in Week 1, and he’ll look to keep the momentum going against the Patriots.
Belichick surely isn’t taking the matchup lightly. After saying there’s no one in the league better than Wilson, he’ll have to pull out all the stops to slow down the QB. Belichick rarely gameplans for a single player, but he might be making an exception this week.