Profiling free agent acquisiton RB Fred Taylor for the New England Patriots.
Belichick on Big Vince: "I thought Vince did a terrific job for us last night. He was out there for a lot of plays. I thought he played hard. He really had an outstanding game. They had a lot of attention directed at him, which is understandable. They had a bunch of double-teams and slides on the protection coming his way, and those type of things. He really played hard and played well and did a lot of things to help us win. I thought it was outstanding, probably one of the best games he's played. And he's played a lot of good ones."
Cole: Why are there so many bad teams around the league this year?
Belichick: Here’s the only thing I’ll say: I think to have a really good team in this league, you have to make a lot, a lot of good decisions. You have to have a lot of good people, players, coaches, whatever. You need a lot of those. Conversely, to not be competitive, you would have to have a lot of bad decisions. One bad decision is not going to do it, one bad player is not going to do it, one bad coach is not going to do it. You’re going to have to collectively, over a cumulative period of time, make a long series of bad decisions and accumulate a lot of players who are substandard for their position. There have to be a multitude of things that go wrong.
Cole: Because you can keep yourself average for a long time?
Belichick: That’s the system. If you don’t have good players, you have money to spend on players. If you have a bunch of good players, you eventually run out of money and you can’t keep them all and somebody else gets them. That’s the system, it keeps everybody average. We’ve seen teams be really good just on coaching. We’ve seen teams be competitive with just a few good players.
"If you ask me to sum it up, how do I feel about Tedy Bruschi, in five seconds. A perfect player. He’s a perfect player. He’s helped create a tradition here that we’re all proud of. The torch has been passed. We’ll try to carry it on. It’s a high standard. It’s a high standard [repeats himself]. I’m proud of everything he did and the path that he’s paved for all of us going forward.
"I don’t want to say we’re missing him, because I know he’s going to be here, he’s going to be around, and I know he’s always a part of us. We’ll still miss him."
Right now, there is a huge gap between any of those players downstairs that are rookies and our veteran players. Our guys have been through the system. They know it. They’ve trained all spring, and they’re much more familiar with what we’re doing. We’ve got to try to close that gap with the young players so they can compete with them from a conditioning and training standpoint physically.
There's no other way to phrase it. Bill Belichick is a genius when it comes to running the war room. There is simply put nobody better than the great Bill Belichick.
The value in this draft was in round two. So what does Belichick do even with all his picks? He trades out of round one, gets extra picks for next year and he still comes away with phenomenal talent for the upcoming season.
Ron Brace, Defensive Tackle out of Boston College. I thought he was a surefire second round pick and one of the most underrated players in this Draft and listen, Vince Wilfork is without a contract for next year and that's a great pick by Bill Belichick.
Patrick Chung. I talked to Bill Belichick on Sirius NFL Radio on day two of the Draft. He loves his talent and how cerebral he is. That was a tremendous first pick of the Draft in round two for the New England Patriots.
Darius Butler, versatile, physical, experienced cornerback out of UConn that will certainly help out the defensive backfield. And I thought they'd consider him in round one if they would have stayed in the first round.
Brandon Tate out of North Carolina, had some issues off the field. Belichick said that he spent a lot of time with the player and he really likes him as a player and as a person, and I love that move in round three.
They get a guy who can run the Wildcat, they get a long-snapper, and they get picks for next year. Classic Bill Belichick. It's his world, we're just all living in it.