Inside The Bills

Belichick on importance of Hughes

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2014 – 10:56 am

Bills DE Jerry Hughes doesn’t get the notoriety that his Pro Bowl linemates get, but his play is not lost on Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. However, Belichick doesn’t necessarily see Hughes as the primary difference maker on Buffalo’s front.

“I’d say he’s kind of more of a complement,” Belichick said of Hughes. “I mean he’s a complement to big [guys] in there, to [Marcel] Dareus and Kyle [Williams] inside because he’s a great speed rusher and he has a good inside move too – spin and up-and-under moves and all that. I’m not saying he’s just an edge guy but he’s a very good edge guy. Which, what those guys need is pressure in the middle of the pocket.

“If the quarterback can just move up in the pocket, then the edge guys really get taken out of play. But if the quarterback can’t move up because of the inside pressure, then that brings that rush into a lot bigger problem for the offense. Of course a lot of those rushes not only end up in sacks, but they can end up in strip-sacks. So when you have a good inside rush like they have with Dareus and Williams, then having a good edge guy really complements that.

“Now, if you have two good edge guys that makes it harder for the offense to help on just one guy, kind of like back to the [Dwight] Freeney, [Robert] Mathis discussions with the Colts. You can bump one guy, but then you still have to deal with the other guy. Or, bump both of them and then you’re running out of receivers in the passing game. I’d say that’s kind of an issue there. The inside rush versus the outside rush is where I think he’s really helped them the most. Those guys, they’ve had a lot of production too. And a lot of that comes from the quarterback stepping up away from Hughes and he’s stepping right into Dareus and Kyle.”

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