FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Head coach Bill Belichick has plenty on his to-do list each week, but one of the things he carves out time for is a one-on-one meeting with running back Laurence Maroney.
The meetings usually take place on Friday or Saturday morning, according to Maroney, and the two go over each of Maroney's runs. They last about 15-20 minutes.
“I asked him to start having the meetings, just to get closer to the head coach, so he can understand me, why I cut here, why I do this, my run style, and I can get a better understanding of what he wants my run style to be. It’s more for me and him to be on the same page," Maroney explained this week at Gillette Stadium.
Maroney is coming off one of his best performances of the season, tying his season high with 22 carries while totaling 94 yards (2nd highest mark of the season). He has been punishing defenders by staying low and finishing runs with authority, which offensive linemen say they appreciate.
It's an approach that Maroney (654 yards on the season) says has been a result, in part, of those meetings with Belichick.
“His main thing is just run decisively, one cut and go. Don’t sit there and try to make too much happen," Maroney explained. "If there isn’t anything there, just try to get positive yards, just run with your eyes, run like you know what you want to do. Be decisive -- take a hole and hit it."
Belichick touched on his weekly meetings with Maroney this week.
"Laurence and I spend a lot of time together; we talk and watch film a lot about the running game, his running style, reads and so forth," he said. "I think he’s worked hard this year. He’s had a good offseason. He’s worked hard in camp and all through the year he’s been healthy, so those things are always positive."