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Over the last three games Adam Butler Jerseys 2019 , the New England Patriots’ offensive attack finally found the groove it had been missing earlier in the year: during its current win streak, the team scored 38 points apiece against the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts, before hanging 43 on the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. What stood out during all three contests was New England’s ability to effectively move the football both on the ground and through the air.The Patriots failed to do either of those things on a consistent basis through weeks one to three – and for head coach Bill Belichick it is no surprise that both improved simultaneously as of late. As he pointed out during a conference call on Tuesday, the running and passing game live a symbiotic relationship. “Probably nothing has helped our passing game more than the running game and vice versa,” Belichick said.The rushing attack’s role in particular is noteworthy considering that the Patriots have usually relied primarily on Tom Brady’s right arm to get the offense going. However, first-round rookie running back Sony Michel has recently taken on a bigger role within the unit: over the last three weeks, Michel’s 316 rushing yards rank second in the league behind only the Los Angeles Rams’ Todd Gurley (368 yards).New England’s passing game is also reaping the benefits of Michel and the offensive line establishing their dominance on the ground. “When the running game is effective White Elandon Roberts Jerseys , that helps the play-action passes a lot,” said Belichick yesterday. “I’d say that’s really a big key for us. [...] If you’re running the ball effectively that brings a lot more people to that run action than if you’re not running it effectively.”The results are speaking for themselves. With an improved running game and the integration of Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon into the offense, the Patriots have been able to improve their passing output from 202.3 yards and two touchdowns per game (weeks 1-3) to 314.0 yards and 2.3 scores (weeks 3-6). Granted, the sample sizes are small but the trend is still an encouraging one – and Belichick sees it the same way.“I think our passing game is improving,” he told reporters. “I don’t think it’s where it needs to be or is where we want it to be yet but its improving. Hopefully it’ll continue to improve.” ATLANTA (AP) — Bill Belichick is now standing shoulder to shoulder with the NFL’s all-time greatest coaching icons.When considering his place in history, Belichick’s accomplishments transcend the Super Bowl era after his New England Patriots‘ 13-3 Super Bowl 53 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night.Belichick has joined George Halas and Curly Lambeau as the only coaches to win six NFL titles.Vince Lombardi won five titles, including two Super Bowls. Lombardi is the namesake of the Super Bowl trophy which was displayed Monday when Belichick and Julian Edelman Elandon Roberts Jerseys 2019 , the MVP of Sunday’s game , discussed the Patriots’ latest championship.Belichick said it was “incredibly flattering” to hear his name mentioned with the coaching legends. He said Halas was friends with his father Steve Belichick, who played for the Detroit Lions and was a longtime assistant coach at Navy.“I grew up watching coach Halas,” Belichick said.Lombardi, “Papa Bear” Halas and Lambeau are the names which have been mentioned with Bill Walsh, Chuck Noll, Paul Brown White Kyle Van Noy Jerseys , Don Shula, Tom Landry, Joe Gibbs and others as the greatest NFL coaches.That was before Belichick began collecting championships. He now has two more Super Bowl titles than Noll’s previous record of four and must be included in any grouping of all-time greatest coaches.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday described Belichick’s record of success as “incredible” and “unprecedented.”“We’re grateful to see him continue to have great football teams and bring them together in a way I don’t think any other coach has ever done in the history of the game,” Goodell said.Belichick still has quarterback Tom Brady, so the Patriots can’t be overlooked in the early discussion of teams which could reach Super Bowl 54 in Miami.“I competed against some of those coaches and some I didn’t compete against but I was aware of,” Belichick said. “Coach Lombardi, as a kid growing up and watching the first Super Bowl. It’s incredibly flattering.”Belichick said the championship is “a team accomplishment” and said “our entire team and organization put forth a superior and supreme effort to achieve that. That’s really what it’s all about Kyle Van Noy Jerseys 2019 , about how all of us came together and pulled our own weight so we could achieve our team goals. … It’s what we were able to accomplish as a team that makes me the most proud.”Brady, 41, said Sunday he plans to keep playing . Similarly, Belichick, 66, has made no mention of retiring, so there’s no reason to think he has finished setting new standards for his profession.Edelman said early in his career he saw Belichick on a treadmill White Shaq Mason Jerseys , watching game film, late at night at the team’s practice facility.The wide receiver said he told Belichick “You sure like football.” Edelman said the coach responded “‘Beats being a plumber. See you tomorrow.'”Belichick provided evidence of his attention to detail on Monday when he questioned Edelman’s version of that exchange. The coach’s clarification came immediately after taking the microphone.“First of all, I think Julian might have misquoted me,” Belichick said in his typical dry tone. “I have a ton of respect for plumbers. Those people do a great job. I think I said it beats working. But anyway.”With that, it was on to football. It’s not too early to start planning a way to break that tie with Halas and Lambeau.