When Bill Belichick goes beyond his terse, half-mumbled phrases to answer a question, you can tell the answer is of some interest to him.
So it’s worth pointing out that he went on at a bit of length about his displeasure with having the NFL Draft in May, and losing time.
According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Belichick raised exactly 124 words worth of displeasure, to be precise.
“Yeah, of course,” Belichick said. “I mean, the sooner you have your players, the easier it is to start, not only getting them integrated into your team but also building your team. There are certain things you get in the draft, then you have to fill other areas of the team with veteran players or college free agents or whatever. When that process is going on, you can see every day you pick up the transactions, every team has got — not every team — but there’s probably 5-15 transactions on a daily basis. Of course, if you had the draft, you can move that whole process up. Whatever it is, it is. It’s not my decision, but I would go for an earlier draft, absolutely.”
That’s reasonably strong — for Belichick — and certainly indicative of what most coaches think.
Now, they’d be as foolish as members of the media to think their opinion matters, but it’s at least another voice in the chorus.