Bill Belichick expresses confidence in Sony Michel for goal-line plays

Ryan Hannable
January 15, 2019 - 9:55 am

Earlier in the year, Sony Michel appeared to struggle with short-yardage plays. Whether it was his fault, the offensive line, or a combination of both, the rookie just wasn't getting it done. 

That has appeared to change as the year has gone on and was on full display Sunday in the Patriots' 41-28 win over the Chargers. Michel had two touchdown runs from inside the 5-yard line where he showed his growth in that area. The Georgia product finished with 129 yards and three touchdowns.

Speaking on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Monday, Bill Belichick expressed full confidence in Michel during goal-line situations.

“I think Sony has done a good job running the ball for us," he said. "All of our backs have been productive and goal-line offense is part running back, but it is part everything else. I think when he has his chances he’s going to get the ball in the end zone.

"If there is just a wall of bodies there, sometimes it’s hard. Occasionally backs miss reads just like everything else, but for the most part I think he does a good job with his vision. He is a good player with good playing strength and balance and can handle contact. He did a good job of that [Sunday] running through a couple of arm tackles."

The Patriots will need Michel again this coming Sunday against the Chiefs in the AFC title game. During the regular season they ranked 27th against the run, so this could be an area the Patriots offense looks to exploit and control the clock.

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