INDIANAPOLIS – As is typically the case with opposing Colts quarterbacks, Tom Brady was asked about Andrew Luck on Wednesday.
Brady didn't hesitate with some specific areas of Luck's game that the Patriots quarterback wishes he had.
Also, below are some more thoughts from Bill Belichick when he joined the Indianapolis media for a conference call on Wednesday morning.
Patriots Quarterback Tom BradyWhat are your impressions of Andrew Luck? I know you're more focused on the defense, but as a fan of the game, what have you seen from him?
"He's a great player. He's in his third year, and he's had a lot of success. Their offense is doing a great job this year. They score a lot of points, especially at home, and he's kind of the ring leader. He does a lot of things I wish I could do. He's big, fast, shrugs off blockers. He makes a lot of extended plays. He's a great passer. I think they've thrown for more yards at this point in the year than any other team in history, so I guess that speaks to what they're doing offensively. It's a big challenge for our defense. We're going to have to score a lot. When you play another great offense, you're going to have to put up a lot of points, similar to our last game. We realize we have a big job, too. You're right, my focus is on other side of the ball, but you also know you're not going to be able to score 13 points and win the game."
Patriots Head Coach Bill BelichickCan you talk about preparing for a quarterback like Andrew Luck compared to a quarterback like Peyton Manning?
"Well they're both great quarterbacks but it's two different offenses surrounded by two different sets of skill players and all that. I think Luck's really done a great job developing as a player in his third year. He's got an excellent arm, can make all the throws, got a lot of poise in the pocket, a big, strong guy that's hard to tackle, can extend plays with his legs and his playing strength, he's got good vision, does a good job at the line of scrimmage changing plays, using the snap count, things like that. He's really a complete quarterback and does a great job."
How different is this Colts offense than the one you faced last year in the playoffs?
"They really can do it all. They can run, play-action, drop back, make a lot of big plays, so everybody's dangerous. Two good backs, tight ends, receivers. Playing four receivers last week against the Giants. (Coby) Fleener and (Dwayne) Allen have had a lot of production. (Ahmad) Bradshaw and (Trent) Richardson have had a lot of production. (Andrew) Luck's had a lot of production. It's almost no matter who they put out there, they've got a lot of weapons, a lot of versatility whether it's three tight ends or four receivers or somewhere in between."
What is it that makes it difficult to prepare for Indianapolis' defensive scheme?
"They do a lot of different things defensively. They give you different looks: man, zone, blitz man, blitz zone, bring different combinations of people. Recognizing what they're doing, it's hard to do it before the snap because they do a good job of disguising, but at least recognizing it after the snap, make sure we get all the people blocked in the running game and the passing game with the different movement schemes that they have. They just keep it moving. They don't do the same thing for very long. They're on to something else, so you really have to have your eyes open and have a good, sound plan to handle a lot of different things really in all situations but particularly on third down. They do it on all downs."
What's been your impression of Reggie Wayne at this point in his career?
"He looks good. Again, really one of the best route runners obviously in the game now maybe ever in the game. He really does a great job of making all the routes look the same. He's got really good quickness to separate at the top of the route. He's good on releases and smart in zones to find the open space. Good hands, made a big play after the catch last week or two weeks ago, whatever it was, down the sideline there. Caught the ball, broke a tackle, 40-yard touchdown, so he's still dangerous with the ball in his hands. He's an excellent route runner. I'm sure the quarterback, (Andrew) Luck has a lot of confidence in him, which he should, because he's such a dependable guy."
A great indoor Wednesday morning practice getting ready for the Patriots.