Danny Etling’s 86-yard run is filling headlines after the Patriots final preseason game, and head coach Bill Belichick is amazed with his spring. Etling surprised everyone including himself.
Head coach Bill Belichick had this huge smile on his face during the postgame press conference. He used the opportunity to talk about the rookie quarterback and his run. Yes, he likes Etling.
“Well that was one of the most exciting plays I’ve seen in preseason, I must say. Great call by Chad [O’Shea] and Danny [Etling] is a little faster than we thought he was. But, I was very proud of our team tonight. Our guys played hard,” Belichick said.
The head coach then made a little joke about quarterback Tom Brady. Well, we don’t get to see a Patriots quarterback with this much gain on the ground really often.
“Maybe Grogan? Plunkett? That’s a long run though so. I mean look, nobody has worked harder than Danny. The kid is the first one in, last one to leave. He’s very diligent. He tries to absorb as much as he can in all of the things that we do and then he stays extra and works on his own. When something like that happens you’re just happy for him because all that hard work pays off. Honestly, I thought the run he had on 3rd and whatever it was- 10, 11, where he put his shoulder down, took on the tackler and got the first down – that was a big run too. He’s a tough kid. He competes hard and I thought he handled himself pretty well in there,” Belichick said.
Etling’s 86-yard run doesn’t change the fact that he struggled in the first half of the game. He completed 18 of 32 passes for 157 yards, and had one touchdown and two interceptions.