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Belichick failed

Posted on: October 6, 2010 9:18 pm


 I would have to say that New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is in the argument for being one of the top-5 coaches of all time.

 So why can't he handle Randy Moss?
That's one major question that is being severely overlooked after the Moss trade to the Vikings.

 Isn't part of the coach's job to control players if they are locker-room problems? It's not like Moss was getting in trouble off the field. If the reports of a halftime blowup with quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien are true, shouldn't Belichick be the one to handle the problem?

Instead, he got rid of it.

That's foolishness. If coaches make $5 million a year, the reason is to not just deal with the Xs and Os. It's about dealing with Jimmy and Joes. It takes massaging problems at times.

Belichick is supposed to be the master of discipline. So why did he fail here?

It's an interesting question.

He traded away his only real deep threat because he couldn't handle him. This might go down as an even dumber move for Belichick than fourth-and-jackass from last season's Colts game. It might be a major demerit in his rankings of coaching greatness and it's definitely something his team will feel on the field.


Category: NFL

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2010 6:39 pm

Belichick failed

Even with Moss shipped to Minnesota, who else has a better combination of receivers, tight ends, and backs than the Patriots?

Is this a joke?  Welker's a very nice slot guy, but he's not special outside of the system.  Is there ANY Patriots back, tight ends, or receivers with the exception of Welker who isn't average?  Replace those skill positions with any number of teams' players and the Patriots talent level goes up. 

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2010 6:13 pm

Belichick failed

The Patriots have had success because they have system and stick with it.  What other teams consistently win with a similar approach?  How about Pittsburgh and Indianapolis?  The bottom line is that the Patriots have three rookies exceeding expectations in Tate, Hernandez, and Gronkowski that made a player who was likely not going to be resigned at the end of the season expendable.  They got some value in the Moss trade and have a staggering 8 picks in the first four rounds of next year's draft.  Everyone keeps predicting the demise of the Patriots, but they have gotten younger and faster, and these younger players need to be on the field.  Even with Moss shipped to Minnesota, who else has a better combination of receivers, tight ends, and backs than the Patriots?  Some teams have individual players that may be better, but not across the board.  As the season progresses and these guys get more time on the field, I think a lot of folks are going to be surprised how good the Patriots are at the end of the season.  

Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: October 7, 2010 6:09 pm

Belichick failed

Now's the real deal....Wes Welker who will now see extra coverage from opposing defenses plus his injure. won't be as successfull through out the rest of the season. and the rest of the recevers with no double coverage deep, oh we'll, as coach Belichick says, "it is what it is" now we'll have to see some coaching... 

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2010 4:33 pm

Belichick failed

Don't cover every issue with one broad blanket. Bill Parcells couldn't handle TO so obviously there will be guys like that

Good point.  Let's be honest - when has any coach, in any sport, been able to "handle" a locker room cancer? 

Look at any sport and you'll see guys like that.  How many coaches thought they could handle T.O.?  How many managers have thought they could control Milton Bradley?  Or Albert Belle?

When you take on a guy like Moss or T.O., it never ends well.  They may behave for a season or two but eventually they cause problems.  People don't change.   And the more talented a player is, the more leverage they have - which means the more likely they'll re-offend.  If you're lucky you get a good season or two out of them. 

In this case, Moss had all the leverage.  His contract was up at the end of the season and he still has the skills to where someone would take a chance on him.  I have no problem with the Patriots trading him if he really was causing problems behind the scenes.  My only problem is that they didn't get more in return for him.

Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2010 3:09 pm

Fourth and Jackass

That was the right call, bud.  It was analyzed to death and I could list endless sources validating the math behind going for it on that down.  Citing that in this article distracts from your point (which I believe to be a valid one) and hurts your credibility.  If your job is to be informed on such things, make sure you are before you comment.

Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2010 2:45 pm

Belichick failed

Got something for nothing...a 3rd round pick for Randy?  Sounds like they gave something and got nothing.

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2010 2:24 pm

Belichick failed

Belicheat one of the top 5 coaches?  Really?  Cleveland....

This is his team now and failing......

Wait until Brady retires......Pats to the toilet.....Who will praise Belicheat then?

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2010 2:12 pm

Belichick failed

nobody failed here. it's a win win win situation here for all 3 parties involved. the patriots got what they wanted, moving moss out of the way while he still have values to a team that desperately needed a big name receiver. moss feels that he was not wanted and was not happy with the thought that the pats is not going to resign him so now he is with a team that needs him and that would sign him for a few more yrs and lastly, farve n the vikings are happy that they landed themselves a big time receiver that can n will help them win more games with him than without him. so what is the problem? i can't wait to see when the vikings play the pats in a few wks, this will be awesome 4sho.

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2010 2:04 pm

Belichick failed

I don't understand how Bill Belichick failed to control Randy Moss. While Randy Moss was at New England he was kept out of the media spotlight. There was no controversy or anything. Randy Moss was a team player. The reason for Randy Moss's departure is his failure to get a Super Bowl ring, pay raise, and more catches. The New England Patriots play as a team. No player is above the team. Randy Moss played as a team while at the New England Patriots and that's where Coach Bill Belchick has succeeded in coaching a player with no public flare ups. 

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2010 2:00 pm

Belichick failed

agree with you 100% hawkmann77.

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