New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is all praises former Patriots cornerback Ty Law, who will enter the team Hall of Fame on Aug. 1.
Belichick has nothing but good words to say about Law, who will enter the Patriots Hall of Fame on Aug. 1, per SouthCoastToday.com's Glen Farley:
"Bill Belichick paid Ty Law the ultimate compliment on Wednesday.
"The Patriots head coach said simply that Law 'was a football player.'
"Law, whose 36 career interceptions over 10 seasons at cornerback with the Patriots (1995-2004) tied Raymond Clayborn for the franchise record, will enter the team's Hall of Fame in ceremonies to be held on NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
"The ceremonies are free and open to the public and will precede that night's training camp practice at Gillette Stadium, a ticketed event for Patriots season ticket holders and residents of Foxboro and South Walpole starting at 7 p.m.
"'I coached Ty in '96 as secondary coach, and then of course as head coach when I came back (in 2000),' said Belichick. 'Ty has very good physical size. He's a big corner. He's a physical corner. He's got good playing strength. He's tough. He's a good tackler, and he has very good instincts and ball skills, and Ty's the type of player -- quarterbacks found out playing against him, one way or the other -- you might get him once on something, but you'd better be careful the second time. That's the kind of way Ty played.'
"'He was aggressive, but he was calculated,' Belichick continued. 'He knew when to be aggressive, when to take chances and maybe not to. But when he pulled the trigger he'd pull it and make a lot of big plays.
"'He had excellent ball skills and anticipation, but (was also) a physical, tough player at that position, but (was also) a physical, tough player at that position, which you don't always see. He certainly brought that to us throughout his career and later on when he played safety at the end of his career.'
"Leaving New England as a free agent in 2005, Law went on to spend another five years in the NFL with the New York Jets (2005 and 2008), Kansas City Chiefs (2006-2007) and Denver Broncos (2009), finishing his career with 53 interceptions.
"'Fun player to coach,' said Belichick. 'He has a personality. He didn't always to things exactly by the book, or maybe quite the way it was outlined, but he was a football player and when the game started he played football. He was very good.'"
"At this point, we're just kind of in the generic, everybody learn how to do your job within the context of the defense, working with different people, different combinations at safety, cornerback, defensive line, whatever it happens to be, just get everybody working together.
"'But it won't be too long before we need to start to get into whatever game-planning we're going to do with our players. How we're going to match them up, where we're going to put them, if that affects another part of the defensive call. It won't be too long before we get into that.
"Excellent coverage skills. Really has great anticipation and feel. He's a very smart football player. As good as his physical skills are, I just think instinctively that he has a great anticipation of the passing game. Routs and quarterbacks and combinations, those kind of things. A lot of times he kind of runs routs before the receivers run them.
"He has that kind of anticipation. He's a very sharp football player, a very instinctive player. Probably in the secondary along the lines of Rodney Harrison, he'd probably be a player who instinctively I would compare him to.'"