Re: What is wrong with BB?
posted at 3/26/2012 2:10 PM EDT
Glad you are back.
There's one thing that has to be clarified as to BB being a good or great GM.
Pioli was considered the GM up to 2009, not BB.
They shared responsibility, mainly BB took care of the contract part but Pioli was in charge of recruiting personnel with draft, FA, trades, ect. BB did have the last word but it was Pioli who brought certain players into the mix.
When Belichick accepted the Patriots' head coaching position in 2000, Pioli accepted the GM job and the two eventually became the first personnel director/head coach tandem in league annals to win three Super Bowls during a four-year span (2001–2004). He and Belichick split the duties usually held by a general manager on most other NFL teams, though Belichick had the final say.
Pioli’s skills as a talent evaluator helped create a consistent championship contender in New England. He was regularly recognized for his ability to build a team, not simply collecting individual talent, helping to make the Patriots a "model franchise." From 2000–2008, the Patriots had an NFL-best record of 102-42 (.708) and registered 14 playoff victories. Pioli worked in close coordination with Belichick, bringing players to the Patriots who fit into the framework of the club’s team concept. Pioli and Belichick's teams were noted for the depth of talent at all the positions and used an effective combination of draft picks, free-agent signings, and trades to continually upgrade their roster. The most-notable selection in an NFL Draft by Pioli and Belichick was quarterback Tom Brady, who was chosen 199th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft.
In his tenure with the Patriots, Pioli earned promotions from Assistant Director of Player Personnel to Director of Player Personnel in 2001, and to Vice President of Player Personnel in 2002. Also, Pioli earned a contract extension in 2005 after being pursued by several NFL teams to become general manager.
In 2007, the Patriots finished their regular season with a 16-0 record, a first in NFL history. The team advanced to Super Bowl XLII but lost to the New York Giants 17-14 and failed to finish the season with a perfect 19-0 record. Prior to the season, Pioli executed trades to acquire wide receivers Wes Welker and Randy Moss, both of whom helped the Patriots set multiple NFL records on offense.
Caserio is now considered the de facto GM.
Belichick brought to Boston Bill Parcell’s son-in-law and a former colleague from Cleveland, Scott Pioli. Pioli had been a Pro Personnel Assistant and later gone on to develop through the ranks under Parcells with the New York Jets. He joined Belichick as Assistant Player Personnel Director and was elevated to Director of Player Personnel, then later Vice President. There’s no General Manager title in the “Patriot Way” of doing business. But those that understand how Personnel works in the NFL know that Pioli was de facto GM. (Nick Caserio now holds this title).