When you think of an NFL franchise that sits atop the league when it comes to drafting players, and making personnel moves in the off season to find players that fit their systems perfectly, it’s impossible to NOT bring up Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots.
The list of players they’ve picked up that have gone from average with one team (or vastly unappreciated college players) to super productive is very long and includes the likes of Tom Brady, Mike Vrabel, Kevin Faulk, Troy Brown, Deion Branch, and Rodney Harrison…but the full ist goes on and on.
After the NY Jets picked up two former New England second round draft picks that didn’t pan out as the Boston franchise had hoped, Jets head coach Rex Ryan was quick to point out that no one has all the answers when it comes to personnel matters.
“I don’t believe the one guy up in New England’s got all the answers,” Ryan told the New York Daily News over the weekend.
“I worry about ourselves, what we think of a player and how we evaluate a player. Do I respect the hell out of Bill (Belichick)? Absolutely. But if we think a player can help us, we don’t care how we get him.”
As you assess your team make-up and get an idea for how your depth chart may shape up over the coming months, just remember to trust yourself, your staff, and your evaluations. Nobody, not even Bill Belichick, with three Super Bowl rings and arguably the top franchise since 2000, has all the answers in that department.
That inexact science is part of what makes football, and coaching, so great.