Belichick Says Manning Has No Weaknesses

Peyton Manning has a 3-8 regular-season record vs. the Patriots

Bill Belichick isn't one for hyperbole, which is readily apparent if you've seen him in front of a microphone for more than 15 seconds. And with the latest Brady-Manning Bowl looming, the Patriots coach pretty much relayed the facts on the Pats' latest opponent, even if it sounded like he was introducing Peyton Manning at an awards show.

"He's good because he does everything good," Belichick said. "Really I don't think there are any weak points in his game. ... He's very smart. He has a great understanding of concepts and timing, game management, clock management, situational football -- third down, red area -- great utilization of the field from sideline-to-sideline and attacking the deep part of the field, very accurate, great decision-maker, quick release."

So Bill, to summarize, how would you describe Manning's game?

"It's pretty much everything really, I don't think there are any weaknesses in his game," Belichick said.

If you're fishing for a couple (of weak spots), here you go, courtesy of's John Breech: "Manning is 8-11 in games where the temperature is under 40 degrees at kickoff. Manning's also 3-8 against the Patriots during the regular season."

And then there's Brady, whom Belichick has won three Super Bowls with.

"I love coaching Tom," the coach said last week. "We spend a considerable amount of time together, and I think that's important to have that relationship between the head coach and the quarterback, so at least we're on the same page with what we're trying to do.

"He has great feedback. Nobody works harder or prepares better than Tom does. He's about as good as it gets in that category, with a lot of great ideas. He's a very smart, experienced player, obviously, and does a great job executing the team game plan."

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