- Apr 12, 2005
The thing that BB has always done better than everyone else in the NFL is put players in a position to succeed. He's the one that comes up with the "focus on these three things" this week for players. Mostly on defense. It's why guys like Bruschi, and Ted Johnson and Vrabel and Van Noy succeed when they aren't true superstars. Then he uses his superstars for the spots he needs them, #1 corner, #1 QB, interior defensive line, and IMO, safety.Ok well if that’s how you want to play it then we shouldn’t give BB credit for any other position aside from maybe QB. Head coaches rarely develop guys like their positional coaches and the coaches they see in the off-season. Development is a multiple coaching effort. Positional coaches, offensive or defensive coordinator, situational coordinators, off-season private coaching is HUGE too. For OL I’d argue they develop more in the off-season with stuff like technique. So sure, Bill doesn’t do a lot to develop most people. He will go over and coach up players and units during games and practices which helps. But… the HC delegates development to other positions. That’s just par for the course.
If that’s your point then I agree with you. Development is not a one person thing. Better hire and cultivate the right staff though…
But the idea that BB was out there in the offseason working up the route tree with Edelman isn't based in fact. It just isn't. BB has never focused his attention on the offense, except at the QB position. He had Dante handling the offensive line, and a cast of great OC's. Defensively, and game planning, that's all Bill.