FOXBOROUGH — Bill Belichick is almost always complimentary of opposing players. Though he never played in the NFL, Belichick has been coaching in the league long enough that he certainly knows what it takes to be a contributor at this level, and he knows what it takes to be elite.
But there are a rare few players whom Belichick holds in special regard. Before his failed stint as a Patriot, receiver Chad Johnson was one of those players. And safety Ed Reed, the longtime Baltimore Raven, is one of the others.