Re: Why NE's Is a Top 10 D in 2010
posted at 8/5/2010 10:14 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Why NE's Is a Top 10 D in 2010
[QUOTE]Dude, Chad Brown was 34 years old trying to convert to MLB in a 3-4 because bruschi had a stroke. And converting to MLB playing full time, was something only Bruschi ever looked good doing after starting a career as an edge rusher. Way to miss the entire point of that quote. The point is Chad Brown was an OLB Pro Bowler who was blown away by BB's vision and teaching ability after playing 10+ seasons in the NFL. The point is, BB is a master teacher. BB is only a "very good coach"? Really? The guy who is second all time in playoff winning% to Lombardi is just "very good"? The Jets had only one more sack than NE and NY was rated #1 as an overall D. Again, it's not all about sacks only with a pass rush. Did you watch this defense in 2008 or 2009? Wasn't that "smoke and mirrors" then with aging players at LB all over the field? I cannot wait to see people with their jaws open on the floor wondering how BB does it again. Maybe if the "pass rush" was there in SB 42 with Seymour, Vrabel, Colvin, Seau, Bruschi, etc they would have won? NEWSFLASH: This team's rush has been deteriorating for 3 seasons. Guess what? It bottomed out last year.
Posted by russgriswold[/QUOTE]
My rather smart azzed point was Belichick's master teaching ability didn't do Chad Brown or the 05 Pats much good. Being able to relay info is great. But the student still has to be able to absorb it. And then, in this case, have the talent to utilize that knowledge.
We can argue about Belichick's coaching ability all day. Personally I think he's lost a step. The 01 Superbowl was one of the greatest coaching performances in NFL history. He's still a very good coach. But I think he's lost a few mph off his fastball. Sevral times over the last few years, we've seen him get out coached. That NEVER used to happen. He's pushing 60. It happens.
Like I said, he's still a very good coach. And I can't think of anybody I'd rather have. But the man doesn't walk on water. There's only so much he can do. He still needs talent.
And no, the Pats have never had big sack totals. But when they where championship caliber they were getting pressure and disrupting the offense, giving the secondary a chance to make plays. You can't be a shutdown defense without getting pressure. How many times last year did we see them not get within 5 yards of the QB? Guys were taking six or seven seconds in the pocket without a Patriots player getting within arm's length.That can't happen regularly.
Belichick has done some amazing things. They would have won the Superbowl against the Bears with Troy Brown at CB had they not been hosed by the refs in the AFC Championship game that year. Will the Pats defense be better with Belichick than it would be with most anybody else? Yes. But he's also not a magician. Some people go a little over the top when talking about the coaching advantage. That's all I'm saying.