Bill Belichick is a man of very few words. Most often, the New England Patriots head coach dances around a question with one-word answers. Sometimes he just says, “We’re on to Cincinnati,” seven times. When the Los Angeles Rams thumped the Patriots in their last game, Belichick approached Rams head coach Sean McVay and didn’t hold back.
Bill Belichick and the Patriots have been up and down this year
There weren’t a whole lot of expectations coming from fans of the New England Patriots heading into the 2020 season. Gone was six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady. Eight Patriots players opted out of the season due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Just before the start of the season, the Patriots signed former NFL MVP Cam Newton to replace Brady. The Patriots got off to a 2-1 start with the loss being a shootout in Seattle when Newton threw for 397 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for two scores at New England fell 35-30. Two weeks later, Newton tested positive for COVID-19 and missed the Patriots’ loss at Kansas City.
That loss to the Chiefs began an ugly streak of four straight losses for the Patriots. Newton and the Pats then bounced back to win four of the next five games to get back to .500. The Patriots then struggled mightily in a 24-3 loss to the Rams last Thursday night.
The Patriots embarrassed the Rams’ offense in Super Bowl 53
The Los Angeles Rams’ offense, led by quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley, was dominant in 2018. Head coach Sean McVay saw his second-ranked offense held to three points in a 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 53. It was the first time the Rams, under McVay, were shut out at halftime as New England led 3-0.
In what is the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history, the Rams defense was solid, holding Tom Brady and the Patriots without a touchdown until the fourth quarter. Goff looked overwhelmed on the big stage all night. He finished the game 19-for-38 with 229 yards and an interception. Gurley led the Rams in rushing with 35 yards.
The victory was Bill Belichick’s sixth Super Bowl win with the New England Patriots. It wasn’t pretty but the defense got the job done. Belichick clearly outcoached the young McVay on the big stage.
McVay gets his revenge against Belichick
It certainly wasn’t on the big stage, but Sean McVay did what he could to get some sort of payback against Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. Last Thursday night, the Rams held New England to a field goal and ran all over the Pats in a 24-3 victory.
After the game, Belichick and McVay met at midfield for the traditional handshake and Belichick didn’t mince words with the Rams coach. “Great job,” Belichick said, according to NBC Sports. “You (expletive) killed us. You had a great plan.”
McVay did have a great plan and that was to run all over the Patriots. Rookie running back Cam Akers had a career night, rushing for 172 yards. The loss ended any realistic playoff hopes for New England.