Bill Belichick Quotathon

soxhop411

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This seems like the perfect BB quote to start off the 2021 thread with View: https://twitter.com/ezlazar/status/1388355231679979520
Here's #Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's 300-plus word answer on how the Pats' draft grade scale works. The gist is that they use a combination of letters, numbers, and colors that signify different things. They don't rank 1, 2, 3 or give a guy an "85" grade.

Here is the video version
View: https://youtu.be/PNBEyuff0x8?t=964

cc @SMU_Sox
This is right in your wheelhouse
 
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Mike Lombardi has spoken about this at length. I think this is the same system he and Belichick came up with in Cleveland

https://www.nbcsports.com/boston/patriots/what-theyre-saying-belichick-credits-years-cleveland-shaping-team-building-philosophy

"But Mike and I, with the help of a great scouting staff like Jim Schwartz, were there and coaches like coach [Nick] Saban, coach [Scott] O'Brien because our coaches had a lot of influence in the scouting system. We put that together over the course of that time in Cleveland.

"Not speaking for Nick, but I know in talking to Nick, I know that a lot of the principles that we developed there he's used and certainly modified, and we've done that as well. Scouting systems, scouting grades, grading players and certain characteristics and how to put those characteristics . . . how to grade, how to note them, how to put some kind of a value on them and organize it, that was developed, all of it was developed for me in Cleveland, Mike and the people on his staff.

some more on this starting at 2:10

View: https://youtu.be/oFvcjqXORfs


I think some podcasts I’ve heard him go into more detail. Could’ve been his book but I think it is podcasts.
 
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He had a couple gems from day 1

“Somebody has to pick at 15, somebody has to pick at 14, somebody has to pick at 13”

“Honesty, I missed a lot of those mock drafts”

“Some guys played in P5; some didn’t. Some guys played in FCS; some didn’t. Some guys opted out; some didn’t. Some guys transferred; some didn’t” there were actually more I just can’t remember them.
 

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BB great answer on trades

Q. As it pertains to tomorrow with the smaller class, is there any sense that, from your perspective, that picks this year might be slightly undervalued, given teams are working from smaller boards with fewer players that played less football and signed with agents and might be looking to trade into the future? Do you get any of that sense from other teams, given just the unusual draft that we have here?
BB: I think that's a reasonable hypothesis. I would say that the prices on the trades have been, I think, a little higher than normal. Certainly at the end of the third round those trades are pretty high. There weren't a lot of trades in the first round, but I thought those were pretty high. So I don't know if there's really a lot of evidence to back that up. That's something you could look at. But just my general impressions was what teams were paying to move up pretty much at the start of the second round and then in the latter -- well, maybe the whole third round, that it seemed like the trade, the teams that were moving back were doing pretty well on those trades. So when you -- you can look at charts and do whatever you want, but in the end, it's a transaction between two clubs and if it's an auction, if there are two or three teams bidding for the pick, then the team that moves back is selling it for whatever they can get for it. It doesn't really matter what anything says. So, and that's kind of what the way it seemed to me. How that will go tomorrow, I don't know. You could be right. I think the teams that traded into next year did it because there was a lot of value. The Giants moving into next year in the first round, the second round pick this year. So I think teams that were able to get those picks, I'm sure, obviously, they were happy with the trade or they wouldn't have made them. But at the same time, teams were willing to give up picks in next year's draft to move up, probably because they didn't have enough resources in this year's draft to meet the price that it was going to cost them to move. So, you know, that's about the way I saw it. I don't know. So we'll see what happens tomorrow. I don't really know how that's going to go. The prices may continue to be high or the prices might fall in relative terms. I think generally speaking they're going to be in kind of a normal range but they could either be a little above the normal or a little below the normal.
 

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Q. When you guys entered this draft, was there a goal to add multiple players to your front seven defensive line or were the picks today more reflective of how your draft board fell?
BB: Yeah, we can't control what's going to be on the board. There's 31 other teams picking, so we just try to take advantage of our opportunities in the draft to improve our team however we can. So that's the way I've always approached it. I really can't work any other way. I don't feel comfortable going to the draft saying, well, we're going to take one guy at this position and take another guy at that position or, like, it doesn't go that way, then I just don't think you're getting the value for the picks that you have. Now, look, we have all, you know, made picks that worked out well and we have all made picks that didn't work out so well. So it's an inexact science and I'm not saying that all the decisions are, have been good decisions or bad decisions or anything else. But at the time we did it, we felt like we were doing the best that we could for our football team and to make our team, both on a short-term basis and obviously the draft is something that extends over a period of time for the four years that the players or potentially five years in the first round, but call it the four years that the players are, that club has rights to that player. So there is a longer term value in the selections that go into today. So, but, yeah. No, I can't, I would say I've never gone into a draft saying, like, well, we got to draft somebody or other at this position or this group of positions or whatever. It's sometimes those players are there and sometimes they're not. Sometimes they're there and you can really use them and sometimes they're there and maybe you don't feel that it's as necessary, but then when you get good players on your team inevitably you use them. So I've heard that before, why did you draft James White and he's inactive all year and why did you draft Damien Harris and he was inactive all year and then later on the next year and in the course of their careers those guys have, those are examples of guys that became very valuable. So that's -- I think you try to acquire good football players and we'll figure out how to use them.
 

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Bethel Johnson had three massively important plays for the Pats in 2003. Two kickoff returns in the Colts game (McGinest goal line stand game) that gave them the bye that year and made it so the Colts had to travel to Gillette for the AFCCG. And a TD in the freezing cold Titans playoff game. His career obviously didn’t work out as hoped but he contributed a lot more than some other more highly touted draft picks.