Patriots Have an Enormous Information Advantage in Super Bowl

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been doing this for 17 seasons.

Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots and Tom Brady #12 chat before a preseason game with the New York Giants. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been together for 17 years. The New England Patriots have so much history and institutional memory to call back on, as well as a history of changing schemes week to week. How far back will a coach potentially go in order to build a complete dossier on an opponent? We will see this Sunday, when the Patriots face off against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

“I don’t want them to know how far we’ve gone back,” Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo said to Sports Illustrated. “But we’ve done extensive, extensive film study on what they’ve done.”

Meanwhile, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has been in this current position for two years. He was the play-caller for one year in Kansas City, but dramatically shifted his offense after quarterback Carson Wentz went down with a torn ACL in December. It’s not easy to stop any NFL offense, and the Eagles have been surprisingly effective in the postseason, but the Patriots defense has a narrower scope of possibilities to hone in on.

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