A while back we pointed out that Bill Belichick had pretty high expectations for his squad (). And if only a 19-0 start to the season would satisfy him, then he’s well on his way to satisfaction. But Tuesday’s press conference comments showed that perhaps Bill has a new take on things. The Patriots are not the best. In fact they should be emulating a different team. Who? The Chargers, who, according to Belichick is the best team in the AFC.
I really feel like we’re playing the best team in the AFC, in San Diego, certainly in the second half of the year. They’re an outstanding football team in every phase of the game. They have great talent, great production in every phase of the game. Well coached. I think [coach] Norv [Turner] and [general manager] A.J. [Smith] have done a tremendous job putting this team together. They’re playing as well as you can play right now.The Chargers’ run is both shocking and expected at the same time. We might have expected them to do this at the outset of the season, but in their current condition? Hardly. So what’s Belichick doing here? It’s anyone’s guess, really. If you’ve been on Mars recently you’d think the Patriots would be overmatched and a long shot to win. Rather, it’s probably Belichick’s latest way of coaching up his squad.
And finally, a rhetorical question for you: if the Chargers are the best team in the AFC, then the Patriots are what, exactly?