Dec 23, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) runs the ball past Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (43) during the second half of the game at Heinz Field. The Bengals won the game, 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick has been arguably the greatest coach in the NFL over the past 13 NFL seasons, and he’s seen and coached a number of great players through his career that will one day be enshrined in Canton, Ohio.
But for now, he’s getting ready for a Sunday clash with the Bengals, who many predicted to be the AFC’s representative in the Super Bowl.
Belichick’s teams have done that five times, and each of those times the Pats had at least one dynamic receiver, but none of the were quite like A.J. Green, who Belichick offered a nice assessment of his game in a weekly conference call with the media:
"“(Green is) big, but he’s not the kind of powerful guy, Julio Jones or Vincent Jackson, but his quickness, his ability to separate and get away from people is outstanding and his ability to go up and get the ball is very good too,” Belichick said. “Those other guys are big, strong guys that can go up and get it with good ball skills. He has that same kind of size, but I’d say it’s a different type of athleticism. He makes some really spectacular catches, like Lynn Swann-ish.I’d say Green is as good a pure route runner as we’ll see. He’s a very good pure receiver: quick off the ball, creates separation, excellent timing, judgment on the ball, good deep ball receiver, good third down, red area receiver.”"