During a press conference on Tuesday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was uncharacteristically chatty while explaining his belief that Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard correctly identified some of New England’s offensive plays before the snap in Sunday’s game.
“We definitely want to prevent that,” Belichick said, per MassLive’s Mark Daniels, who reported that multiple offensive players on the Patriots could be overheard talking in the locker room about Leonard calling out their play calls in New England’s 26-3 win.
“I thought that there were two or three plays for sure that Leonard really got a big jump on and stopped us basically on those plays.
“[Jets linebacker C.J.] Mosley got a couple of those a couple of weeks ago in the Jets game [in Week 8] — it almost looked like he heard the play in the huddle, he was on it so fast. Leonard had a couple like that, too. So, whether it was something we were giving away or something that he anticipated based on whatever the keys were that he might have picked up, we certainly want to try to prevent that.
“But I thought that definitely Leonard for sure did it, and Mosley I thought had a couple plays like that as well. But, you know, that’s what good defensive players do and they anticipate things and they are able to sometimes get a read on what they think is going to happen.
“They’re not aways right, but sometimes they are and they can certainly make you look bad offensively. As an offense you always want to be balanced and try not to give things away to the point where you don’t have thing complimentary that goes with them.”
It was a surprisingly lengthy response by Belichick, who’s known to play coy about New England’s game plan.
Leonard has not yet addressed the matter.
The Colts do have former Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who was with the team for four seasons when Josh McDaniels was the offensive coordinator.
On Tuesday, the Colts named their former Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday as their interim head coach after they fired Frank Reich the day prior. Parks Frazier will be the team’s offensive play-caller for the remainder of the 2022 season.
The Patriots have 11 days to make adjustments during their bye week before hosting the Jets on Nov. 20.