As the head coach of the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick knows a thing or two about facing Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Belichick gave Manning the ultimate compliment when he called beating the star quarterback the ultimate challenge in the NFL.
“In so many ways, because of his talent and because of how good he is at the strategy and the execution of his offense, it is the ultimate challenge,” Belichick said, Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News.
“He is such a good game manager. And as soon as he sees something, he seizes on it, takes advantage. He’s very good at that. Ahead or behind, he always does the right thing. It doesn’t mean he doesn’t make mistakes, or throw interceptions. He does. Everybody does. But there aren’t many games when you walk away and think, ‘Wow, why would he do that?’
“There haven’t been many games you look at in total and say that he and his offense were the reason his team lost the game. The Baltimore (playoff) game last year, c’mon, he got beat because the defense gave up a big play. I look at him the way we looked at Joe Montana: You beat him with an entire team game. The more you can keep him on the sideline, the more pressure you can put on him to make a play when he’s back on the field.”