Defensive coaches around the league can't wait to see what trick Bill Belichick has up his sleeve for Lamar Jackson when the New England Patriots take on the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday. The 300-game winner is universally regarded as the brightest defensive mind in football, and his game plan against the Ravens' QB1 could become the blueprint that everyone copies to slow down an emerging superstar directing a unique run-heavy offense that's gashing teams on a weekly basis.
Belichick is a Jedi Master when it comes to stymieing young quarterbacks with a 21-0 record (including playoffs) against first- and second-year QBs since 2014. Moreover, he's held the youngsters to a 21:28 touchdown-to-interception ratio and 66.3 passer rating while prompting them to see ghosts with a dizzying array of zero blitzes, simulated pressures and traditional coverage.
This season, we've seen him blow the minds of second-year QBs Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen with game plans that kept them guessing at every turn. he Patriots' performance against Darnold, in particular, illustrates how the defensive mastermind can frustrate young quarterbacks with his confusing pre-snap disguises, post-snap movement and exotic blitzes.