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ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer created quite a stir after the New England Patriots' blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4, calling them a "weak team" and "not good anymore."
Now with the Patriots riding a five-game winning streak after a thorough dismantling of the defending AFC champion Denver Broncos, Dilfer is singing a different tune.
"I made the mistake I hate making in this job, and that’s knee-jerk reacting to what you see in real time and not thinking about who you are saying it about," Dilfer said in an interview with ESPN's Colin Cowherd on Monday, per ESPNBoston.com. "What I forgot at the moment, and what I think anybody who wrote the Patriots off early forgot, is what Bill Belichick has done over his career: getting the most from the least and the best from the best. And let’s not forget, that’s what coaching is. So at its core, being a great coach is getting the most from the least and the best from the best."
Dilfer continued to heap praise on Belichick and his work with the now 7-2 Patriots.
"He’s always been able to do it, but you couldn’t understand anybody’s name on offense [earlier this season]," Dilfer said. "[Rob Gronkowski] looked like an old man running around injured. They couldn’t protect Tom [Brady]. Defensively, they were OK. You just couldn’t do the math on how they could be any good."
Sunday's 43-point outburst against the Patriots seems to have made a convert out of Dilfer, despite his harsh criticisms just over a month ago.
"Offensively [the Patriots are] just a machine," Dilfer said. "They’re playing at a high tempo, with multiple personnel groupings, multiple formations. You can’t get a bead on what they’re doing. Tom’s just dealing versus man coverage, hitting guys between the numbers. Against zone they’re getting guys wide open."
"It was really, really awesome to watch the Patriots."
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