But after a week’s worth of preparation for Sunday night's matchup with the Patriots, Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler is pretty sure his previous experience against Belichick and the rest won’t be much help.
After all, it was just one snap -- a Patriots field goal attempt to close out New England’s 34-31 overtime win over Denver back in 2013.
The 6-foot-7 Osweiler was put into the lineup on the game’s final play to try to block the field goal.
“I was still confused on that," Osweiler said. “I was like, 'Coach, you want me to go in? You know I’ve been sitting here for like three hours.' I wasn’t exactly loosened up, I think my vertical was like four (inches) on that one ... but I guess I have played one play against the Patriots."
Things will get cranked up a little more Sunday night when Osweiler makes his second career start against the Patriots, in prime time. And all involved with the Broncos know Belichick and New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will have a few things ready for Osweiler they may not have shown very often, or at all, this season.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has plenty of experience as a coach against the Patriots. And Peyton Manning, out with a left foot injury, has sat in on meetings and been on the practice field to tell Osweiler what he expects from the Patriots. But at some point, or points, in Sunday’s game Osweiler will simply have to trust his instincts and his training to adjust or adapt on his own, at game speed.
It’s something Kubiak has addressed with Osweiler this week.
“I think it’s our job to calm him down, there’s going to be some things happening in the game that are going to be new for you," Kubiak said. “Just react and try to just get him to stay with himself, stay within his progressions, continue to protect the ball."
Osweiler drew raves from teammates this week for his composure and confidence last Sunday in his first career start. After a 43-month wait between the time he was the Broncos’ second-round draft pick in 2012 and his start against the Bears, Osweiler was 20-for-27 passing for 250 yards and two touchdowns.
“My focus with him is the fact the football team is going to play well around you," Kubiak said. “You just stay committed to your job, your part, what you have to do, don’t try to do too much just do your job."
“The thing I think that's special about (the Patriots) is they all play hard," Osweiler said. “They all play like it's their last play, and you can really see that on tape. ... They've been causing a lot of chaos for quarterbacks. ... I think they just play extremely hard. They know their scheme inside and out and they execute their scheme."