Posts Tagged ‘Bill Belichick’

2014 NFL Draft: Three Things I Think I Know Heading Into Tonight’s Draft…

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The 2014 NFL Draft is nearly upon us.

NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano

I THINK…

The Patriots will select a wide out relatively high, and by relatively high I mean before round four. Belichick loves to maximize value, and after round one there will be plenty of value left over at receiver. Some 2nd-3rd round prospects that typically would have first round grades, will be sitting there for them to select at #62 and #93 overall. With the diverse array of receiving  talent left on the board, there’s many different directions they can go at pass catcher. Three names to remember are Jarvis Landry, Kevin Norwood and Marqise Lee.

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How the Patriots Will Use Tim Tebow

Monday, June 10th, 2013
Patriots Tebow

Will we see Tim Tebow throwing passes in New England? Perhaps in practice.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The unthinkable or inevitable – depending on which side of the aisle you’re sitting on in the Church of Tebow – has happened. Bill Belichick and Tim Tebow, two of the most polarizing figures in all of the NFL, are finally together. Somewhere Urban Meyer is smiling.

What should Patriots fans expect out of Tebow this season?

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Bill Belichick’s Affinity for Greg Schiano, Rutgers Should Be Questioned

Monday, May 13th, 2013

The New England Patriots’ 2013 draft strategy was clearly influenced by Bill Belichick’s relationship with Greg Schiano. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Contributor: Dan Hope

For much of the first decade of the 21st century, the New England Patriots and coach Bill Belichick were a team considered to be ahead of the curve when it came to the NFL draft.

From consistently finding diamonds in the rough who became team building blocks, to mastering the art of trading up and down the draft board for better value, the Patriots laid the foundation for three NFL championships and five Super Bowl appearances in an 11-year span.

But as the rest of the league has caught up, with teams such as the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks making brilliant offseason moves translate into on-field success, the Patriots are at risk of falling behind.

As a result of Belichick’s success at the beginning of the century, winning three Super Bowls in the first five years of the millennium, he has typically received benefit of the doubt. Belichick’s decisions are ultimately expected to be for the better — understandably given his accolades — even if they are unexpected or unconventional.

That said, it’s time to start looking past the benefit of the doubt, with the Patriots now eight years removed from their last Super Bowl title. Specifically, the decision to use three of seven draft picks on Rutgers players, coinciding with an apparently burgeoning friendship between Belichick and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, should raise a red flag.

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Is Josh McDaniels the “Coach in Waiting” in New England?

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
Josh McDaniels Patriots Belichick

Will Josh McDaniels take over for Bill Belichick someday? (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer Joon Lee

The big, long-term Patriots news was that Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels would not be interviewing for any head coaching jobs this offseason. McDaniels had been linked to the Cleveland Browns head coaching jobs earlier in the week and was likely going to interview for multiple head coaching jobs this offseason.

Now this is all purely speculation, but the idea was brought up today on Felger and Mazz that the reason McDaniels did not want to interview for any jobs was because Belichick would be retiring in the next couple of years.

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New England Patriots vs New York Jets: Game Day Timeline

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

NEPD Staff

Jets vs Patriots, Belichick vs Ryan, Brady vs Cromartie, Wilfork vs Greene, Sanchez vs McCourty… this game never gets stale.

Grab yourself a &*^% snack and read whats happening before today’s AFC East tiebreaker.

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Patriots Are 3-3: Too Early to Panic

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick

No panic here.

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

In the aftermath of a sickening 14-point, fourth-quarter collapse against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday that dropped the New England Patriots to 3-3 through the season’s first six games, it was easy to forget that the same team was playing in a Super Bowl just eight months earlier.

The Patriots may be off to a surprisingly rough start to their 2012 season, but there is not much separating this team from the one that won an AFC Championship last season.

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Blame for Patriots Secondary Struggles Start at the Top

Monday, October 15th, 2012
Patriots Secondary

Enough.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

This will be my one and only article on this topic, at least for awhile. After watching another meltdown in the 4th quarter, compounded by the inability of the defensive backs to make routine plays in pass coverage.

I have had enough.

I have had enough of watching an opposing Quarterback launch a Hail Mary pass from their own 30 yard line knowing that there is more than a 50% chance that their receiver will come down with the ball or at the very least the opposing defensive back will interfere in the process. I have had enough.

So who’s to blame and what is going on back there?

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