"I can't really put it into words. Wilson's just got an instinctiveness. He just knows where people are," Belichick said. "It looks like he's going to get tackled and he doesn't. It kind of reminds (me) of watching Staubach. You think he doesn't see them, but he sees them or somehow he just knows they're there."
"He's got an uncanny sense of awareness of what's around him -- good or bad. I can't really define it. I don't know how you coach it; it's just an awareness that all great players have it. ... I think he just has it at a higher level. It's really impressive."
Praise doesn't get any higher from Belichick, whose comprehensive knowledge of football is unrivaled.
David Halberstam's fascinating 2005 book, "The Education of a Coach," outlines the history between Staubach and the Belichick family.
"Every time you saw him play, you think, 'Man, he'll never be able to do that again. That was an amazing play,' " Belichick explained on NFL Network's Roger Staubach: A Football Life. "And then the next week, you see one and shake your head, 'Oh my god, that was even more spectacular the one he made last week.' "
Much like Staubach, Wilson specializes in mental toughness and extending plays outside of the structure of the offense. It's a rare skill set that serves an unpredictable quarterback best in close-and-late and postseason situations.