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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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2013 NFL Draft Scouting Notes: Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech

Saturday, December 29th, 2012
Khaseem Greene Rutgers

Khaseem Greene and other defenders stole the show in the Russell Athletic Bow. (USA Today Sports Images)

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NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

The Russell Athletic Bowl was the first game of the 2012-2013 bowl season to go to overtime, but it wasn’t much of a thriller. Both offenses were out of rhythm throughout the game: only one offensive touchdown was scored including in overtime, Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas and Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova both struggled with accuracy and mistakes throughout the game, and a Russell Athletic Bowl record of 21 punts was set.

Thomas did nothing to help his sinking draft stock, while the defensive standouts were senior linebackers Khaseem Greene of Rutgers and Bruce Taylor of Virginia Tech. More detailed evaluations of each top draft prospect’s performance:

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2013 NFL Draft: Potential Patriots in the Russell Athletic Bowl

Friday, December 28th, 2012
Logan Ryan NFL 2013 Draft

Logan Ryan is a talented cornerback from a program with Patriots connections.

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

Among Friday’s three bowl games, the one likely to generate the most interest from NFL scouts is the Russell Athletic Bowl, featuring the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Virginia Tech Hokies. With some very talented defensive prospects on both teams, this should be especially true for the New England Patriots.

The following players would be great additions in Foxborough:

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