Special talents

By Adam Kilgore, Globe staff

Patriots coach Bill Belichick walked to the podium for his press conference today and immediately broached one of his team’s main areas of focus: neutralizing the Buffalo Bills’ excellent and highly regarded special teams.

Belichick rapidly ticked off the reasons for Buffalo’s effectiveness on special teams: Kicker Rian Lindell was obvious, but Belichick also mentioned no-names like 6-foot-8-inch tackle and field goal-blocking specialist Langston Walker and kick-covering aces Jabari Greer, John Wendling, and Bryan Scott. Belichick called return man Roscoe Parrish “as dangerous as anybody in the league.” He said Buffalo’s punt coverage is “excellent.” He called punter Brian Moorman, a “big time [weapon] that can change field position.” He pointed to their boldness in attempting fake kicks and punts.

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“They really have the ability to win games and control games on special teams,” Belichick said. “It’s an area of the game that we say is important every week, and it’s a third of the game. But with Buffalo, they’re very, very explosive in that phase, and they make a lot of plays in all six phases [kickoff, kickoff return, field goal, field goal block, punt, and punt return] and don’t give up very many. The more you watch them in the kicking, the more appreciation I have for what they do on a week-in, week-out basis. It’s something that doesn’t get a lot of attention.”

  • Belichick was also asked about the possibility of the Patriots signing waived Oakland Raiders cornerback DeAngelo Hall. “I’ll just comment on the players we have,” he said. When asked if he had any past relationship with Hall, Belichick noted they had been at Pro Bowl simultaneously, but on different teams.

    “I think we might have been in the pool together,” Belichick said.

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