Safety Duron Harmon and his buddies on the New England defense know they have to deal with Marcus Mariota's "unique skill" set when the Tennessee Titans visit the Patriots for Saturday night's AFC divisional playoff game.
"We do what we always do", he said. "At this point, I'm all in on Tennessee".
Everyone that I have heard agree the Titans have their work cut out for them if they want to shock the world. I think we all know who is going to win that battle 99.99% of the time (Hint: The answer's Tom Brady).
Whether there is truth in the exposé or it is as puffed up as another controversial publication that has had America fluttering this week, there is no doubt that Belichick has the focus of the world where he wants it and his team in ideal position to cement their, and his, greatness in the play-offs.
Wide receiver Chris Hogan (shoulder) and linebacker Kyle Van Noy (calf) have been removed from the Patriots' final injury report of the week, so they've been cleared to play Saturday against the Titans.
Many media and fans alike are wondering if the issues touched on in the ESPN story - some rooted in the Jimmy Garoppolo trade and others in the relationship between Belichick and Brady as it relates to the quarterback's controversial body coach/business partner, Alex Guerrero - could have any sort of adverse impact on the latest Super Bowl run for the defending champions. "It just shows how tough they are, how fundamental they are and that they're ready to bring it in the clutch times", said Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski during his press conference on Tuesday. He might be at full strength for the first time in two months. "He's always preparing hard".
"They've basically won two playoff games - one to get into the playoffs and a playoff game last week". "We've done a good job playing at home". The man simply doesn't age, gets better as years go on and now faces a Titans defense that allowed 239.3 yards per game through the air, which is the eighth-worst in the league.
While not outright in every occasion, New England has won four of its five games under Belichick and Brady as double-digit favorites, Super Bowl XLII vs. the Giants the lone exception. Luckily, Belichick can win with any of their backs and one of them was not listed on the report, the explosive Dion Lewis.
"You feel it as soon as you start practicing".
In his last regular season game against the Miami Dolphins, he caught just 1 of his 5 targets, but it's safe to say that he and Brady should be on the same wavelength for this playoff matchup. This is especially true in the playoffs as unnoticed players tend to make plays throughout the game that can often decide the contest. As soon as I got here from OTAs, trying to groom me, teach me and help me develop.
And that means no one inside the football offices or locker room at Gillette Stadium will be taking the Titans lightly. King had 236 special-teams plays, even though he missed three games with a hamstring injury. "You're out there, you're in the position to succeed".