by Will Brinson
Usually it is college football coaches (*cough*Old Ball Coach*cough*) who are masters at running up the score -- the NFL has too much parity, generally speaking, to see most teams let the score get totally out of control. Except, of course, if we're talking about the 2007 New England Patriots.
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, seemingly horrible victims of karmic restitution, mastered the art of embarrassing opponents last year en route to a perfect regular season record. So who better to dole out advice on how to manage a team hellbent on destruction to the suddenly white hot Florida Gators and Urban Meyer, coming off a 50 spanking of SEC "rival" South Carolina than the hooded one himself?
Which explains why one of the voice mails on Urban Meyer's phone over the last 24 hours was from close friend and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Florida has outscored opponents 299-63 since a Sept. 27 loss to Ole Miss, and its defense has risen to No. 6 in the nation.
[...]"I had a very nice call from Coach Belichick, and he said just make sure you stay on top of them because they are going to be hearing how good they are," Meyer said Sunday morning. "When you watch film, we still can be a lot better."
MUST. KILL. OPPONENT. MERCILESSLY ... Seems to be the theme here. Which may or may not explain why my personal preference for both Belichick and Meyer is to disdain them personally while respecting their ability to succeed at their craft.
And, honestly, it's not all that surprising that they're really good friends; they both happen to run dynastic football entities and like to beat other teams into the ground. I'm sure those phone calls are fun.
Bill Belichick and Urban Meyer Are Run Up the Score BFFs originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Tue, 18 Nov 2008 16:15:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.