Belichick on drafting Brady over Tim Rattay: Guess we took the right one

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Much has been made over the years of the fact that the Patriots took Tom Brady in the sixth round of the 2000 draft, but he wasn’t the only quarterback that the team was considering as that year’s draft wound down.

With the Hall of Fame game happening on Sunday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about his experience at the 2000 version of the game in his first year as the head coach in New England. Belichick reminisced about a class that included Howie Long, Ronnie Lott and Joe Montana and about a chance to see how Brady measured up to Tim Rattay, who the 49ers took in the seventh round and who Belichick says the Patriots had some interest in leading into the draft.

“It was a great class that went in,” Belichick said. “Because of the five year rule and all of that, a lot of those guys were guys that I coached against or that we battled against those years with the Giants. It was a good group. That was an interesting game because we started out a little bit on the Tim Rattay trail and [former Patriots quarterbacks coach] Dick Rehbein went down there and worked him out at Louisiana Tech, or wherever he was from. They ran a big spread-offense and he had a lot of big numbers and all of that and we kind of liked him and thought that might be a late-round pick. Then we got on [Tom] Brady, so it was kind of Brady and Rattay in that seventh round. Then, as luck would have it, we took Brady and they took Rattay and then they were playing against each other, and so we kind of got a look at that, those two quarterbacks in the sixth round, or whatever Brady was, but the same thing. I guess we took the right one.”

It’s fair to say Belichick’s correct on that one.

Rattay spent parts of six seasons with the 49ers and saw time with the Buccaneers and Cardinals before his NFL career ended after the 2007 season. He did get a mention as a possible Patriots addition in the wake of Brady’s torn ACL in 2008, but Rattay’s final snaps were taken in the UFL the next year.

57 responses to “Belichick on drafting Brady over Tim Rattay: Guess we took the right one

  1. If Belichick took Rattay for all we know Rattay could have 4 rings and a supermodel wife right now and Brady could currently be nearly a decade out of the league… you never know

  2. Brady runs all the plays the coordinator and coach give him, he rarely has to improvise as the Oline is usually great and receivers are so well coached they run precise routes. There are also no difficult throws in the Patriots system. Every pass is high percentage for completion. I’m sure Rattay could have had success in New England.

  3. Rattay never got caught red-handed lying and cheating either, so as a man, he has his honor and name intact despite not having tainted NFL success like the GCOAT.

    Honestly, the only thing Rattay shares with the GCOAT is the RAT part of his name.

  4. keys2heat says:
    Aug 7, 2016 4:47 PM
    Rattay never got caught red-handed lying and cheating either, so as a man,

    nor has Brady, admittedly as the NFL told us in court they had no proof.

  5. Yes, I admit, my QB cheated….but I don’t care. Tom Brady is why I became a Patriots fan (from a diehard Cowboys fan) in the first place. I also cheer for the Panthers because of Cam Newton. My partner calls me a “superFAN”; hey, if the shoe fits….:)

    Go Patriots and Panthers!

  6. Every article about Brady brings out the men with the maturity level of a 12 year old. LOL. It’s ridiculous. One thing the NFL has over all the other sports is the most immature fans and undoubtedly the fans with the lowest IQs. Liar Liar pants on fire. An open hand with my thumbs in my ears and my tongue stick out.

  7. The real credit for drafting Brady is Dick Rehbein Patriots QB coach. He is the one who recommended that the Pats draft Brady.

    Too bad he never got to see one of the best late round draft stories of all time.

  8. Did I mention how great it is to be a Patriots fan? Each summer we know we have a super bowl favorite. Puts me in a good mood every time. Our roster is stacked. And Belichick is in control. So no need to worry. Good times.

  9. keys2heat says:
    Aug 7, 2016 4:47 PM

    Rattay never got caught red-handed lying and cheating either, so as a man, he has his honor and name intact despite not having tainted NFL success like the GCOAT.

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    Anyone that still believes that Brady cheated is an absolute duped fool. Even the dopes that work for the NFL now know that Brady didn’t cheat because they got to see the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 season.

    The NFL is keeping the PSI information collected during the 2015 season secret because it proves that Brady didn’t cheat. It’s easier for the NFL to keep that evidence secret than to admit that deflategate never happened.

    That way the NFL still gets to take the draft picks and make Brady miss 25% of the 2016 regular season. The NFL wants to do that to help create league parity and make 31 teams feel better about their chances of “winning” the Lombardi participation trophy. Which is why loser fans of some of the other teams are already gloating about Brady missing 4 games and the possibility that the Pats could lose some of the 4 games.

    Anyone that not afraid of information that will challenge what they were spoon fed by talking heads and tabloid covers can find 3 videos online by searching for the following titles:
    “NY PROFESSOR ROBERT BLECKER – DEFLATEGATE | “TISSUE OF LIES”
    “TAKING THE MEASURE OF DEFLATEGATE”
    “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”.

  10. Every article about Brady brings out the men with the maturity level of a 12 year old. LOL. It’s ridiculous. One thing the NFL has over all the other sports is the most immature fans and undoubtedly the fans with the lowest IQs. Liar Liar pants on fire. An open hand with my thumbs in my ears and my tongue stick out.

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    Agreed. When people constantly say the team that’s had the most success over the last 15 years is a bunch of cheaters I think of the kids in the playground when I was 10 who always lost and called the winners a cheater. Grow up. Winners focus on winning. Losers focus on winners.

  11. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says:
    Aug 7, 2016 4:13 PM
    Man, it really is great to be a Patriots fan. A gift, really.
    ———

    It’ll be great being a fan of new team for 90% of you clowns after the 2017 season. You couldn’t find a cheat fan for 40 years until they started cheating their way to wins. You won’t be able to find another for 40 years after shady brady.

  12. How pathetic does one have to be to still be trolling Patriots threads to trash possibly the greatest player in NFL history who stood up to Roger Goodwill and a cabal of bitter owners that haven’t tasted a super bowl birth in years while Brady makes it an almost annual appearance.

  13. harissonhits2 says:
    Aug 7, 2016 5:02 PM

    Yes, I admit, my QB cheated….

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    Brady didn’t cheat!
    The NFL made a mistake and didn’t want to admit it so they took off season texts and made assumptions that Brady might had been aware of something. Four judges heard the case and 2 sided with Brady and 2 said the NFL had the all the power to do what they want.

    The Colts footballs were compared to the Patriots footballs and that’s what started the entire farce. The Colts footballs should have never been used as a control group for a comparison with the Patriots footballs. Especially only measuring 4 Colts footballs after allowing them to warm up indoors while 10 Patriots footballs were being measured two times each.

    The Colts footballs were not treated the same during the measuring process. The Colts footballs were allowed to sit indoors and warm up prior to being measured.

    The Colts footballs were not even treated the same before the game. The Colts were the visiting team so their footballs would have been exposed to outdoors temperatures during the travel to the stadium.

    The Colts footballs were also not treated the same during the game. The Colts footballs were used less in the 1st half of the game due to time of possession. Plus the Colts footballs were kept in a plastic bag while the Patriots footballs were out in the open and they got wet due to the rain. Wet footballs warm up slower than dry footballs.

    The only people with science backgrounds that said that the weather couldn’t explain the deflation were ones that were also believing the false report that originally claimed that 11 of 12 footballs were 2.o PSI below 12.50 PSI.

    Every scientist that knows the correct PSI information has concluded that the weather explained the deflation.

  14. Rattay is doing pretty good. He is the qb coach at LA Tech now and he has a good looking wife and kids. Not bad for a 7th rounder.

    The 49ers 3rd round qb from that same draft that produceday Brady and Rattay… well that’s another story.

  15. It’ll be great being a fan of new team for 90% of you clowns after the 2017 season. You couldn’t find a cheat fan for 40 years until they started cheating their way to wins. You won’t be able to find another for 40 years after shady brady.

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    Did you think you were being clever when you wrote this? If you are over 12 years old you should really examine where you are in your life.

  16. ReligionIsForIdiots ———————————————Your frustration speaks volumes. Stay salty and have a nice season!

  17. jstamper3377 says:
    Aug 7, 2016 6:03 PM

    It’ll be great being a fan of new team for 90% of you clowns after the 2017 season. You couldn’t find a cheat fan for 40 years until they started cheating their way to wins. You won’t be able to find another for 40 years after shady brady.

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    Did you think you were being clever when you wrote this? If you are over 12 years old you should really examine where you are in your life.———————————————————————I’m sure he/she is older than 12. It really speaks volumes about “it” and it’s team. I make a comment about how I have complete faith in my team this upcoming season and this clown can’t handle it and bursts out in pure jibberish. And I’m sure it’ll swear up and down that the Patriots don’t own him. Losing your cool over a non related comment, in the beginning of August proves that it’s frustration and the Patriots have CLEARLY got the better oh him/her. Case closed. Like I said, have a nice season!

  18. Well, the Brady trolls are out again. Love reading their delusional bile, give me energy for the day, even though I have to weep for humanity. I wonder what percentage of them are voting for Trump.

    I said three years ago, and you heard it here first folks (perhaps), Jimmy G. just could be Young to Brady’s Montana. Young paced the sidelines for years, didn’t get the starting nod for the 49ers until he was 30 (!), then went on to lead the league in passing rating for 5 straight years, still a record, not to mention a ring and a HOF career. Could not imagine what he would have accomplished with 8 years as a starter for a quality team in his 20s.

    The league has changed so much, salary cap and all, and Belichik doesn’t think very much of paying millions to backup QBs. But I think Jimmy G. is worth hanging onto until Brady bows out. I guess we’ll see.

  19. It’s awesome to be a New England sports fan, 9 championships since 2001, 4 from the Pat’s, 3 from the Sox, 1 each from the Celtics & Bruins. No wonder there are so many trolls!
    Go Pat’s!

  20. Right. They were so sold on Shady that they took him in the sixth round. Couldn’t chance waiting to the seventh.

  21. PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says:
    Aug 7, 2016 4:13 PM
    Man, it really is great to be a Patriots fan. A gift, really.

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    Nah bro, you don’t have to be gifted at all to jump on a bandwagon

  22. titans12thman——————–Thanks for proving my point. Good luck with your titans

  23. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says:
    Aug 7, 2016 5:38 PM
    Did I mention how great it is to be a Patriots fan? Each summer we know we have a super bowl favorite. Puts me in a good mood every time. Our roster is stacked. And Belichick is in control. So no need to worry. Good times.
    ——-
    So, by your own omission having an annual favorite, aka an easy pass living in a non competitive division without a viable QB, as I’ve been saying here for years….NE having the self proclaimed GOAT QB, and best ever COACH, NE truly has underachieved, for what’s the excuse for having 1 SB gift win in 10 years? Drop the mike…

    Watching the HOF ceremony yesterday, I couldn’t help but think during ED’s entrance speech, what a class organization and franchise that took care of its players too. Not booting them out the door without a care like NE does.

    Belachek was in control of the deflategate fiasco too. Everyone, even a fool knows, that nothing happens in NE without Belachek knowing about it. After getting caught, TB falling on his sword was the NE strategy from the top (Kraft) down. Belachek and Kraft assumed no way would the NFL investigate TB. Moral of the story…never assume anything.

  24. Rattay wouldn’t allow himself to be railroaded for 15 yrs of using illegal headset frequencies

    He’s got more stomach and personal integrity

  25. justbegbaby –

    1) What
    2) Where
    3) When

    PROVE IT

    That’s asking a lot, I know, but we Pats fans are like that.

    30 13
    Report comment
    **************

    You mean like the proof of taping practices? You don’t ask for too much. You just cheat too much. Other teams fans are like that.

  26. plum54 says:
    Aug 7, 2016 6:34 PM
    It’s awesome to be a New England sports fan, 9 championships since 2001, 4 from the Pat’s, 3 from the Sox, 1 each from the Celtics & Bruins. No wonder there are so many trolls!
    Go Pat’s!
    ——-
    How many hundred’s of years did it take Boston to win a championship? You braggin’ bro?

    Hockey? Which in the latest television ratings rated number 56! Women’s gymnastics, and water polo were far higher on the list, I kid you not. Nobody watches hockey! LOL!

  27. harissonhits2 says:
    Aug 7, 2016 5:02 PM

    Yes, I admit, my QB cheated….but I don’t care. Tom Brady is why I became a Patriots fan (from a diehard Cowboys fan) in the first place. I also cheer for the Panthers because of Cam Newton. My partner calls me a “superFAN”; hey, if the shoe fits….:)

    Go Patriots and Panthers!
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    Anyone who switches teams is not a real fan. You’re an embarrassment to Patriots fans! Obviously you weren’t really a diehard Cowboys fan or you would still be a Cowboys fan.

  28. senatorblutarsky says:
    Aug 7, 2016 6:39 PM
    Right. They were so sold on Shady that they took him in the sixth round. Couldn’t chance waiting to the seventh.
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    Brady wasn’t their 6th round pick, he was an extra compensatory pick AFTER the 6th round – in effect a 7th pick, but we would’nt expect an 8yr old to know that.

    And no one ever claimed (apart from the Colts’ long-nosed Polian, who himself never picked him as a backup or juicy trade prospect) to know Brady would be a possible GOAT – he joined the Pats as the 4th QB and spent a year beating out the 2nd & 3rd QB to become Bledsoe’s backup in 2001.

  29. There was no taping of practices, guess you missed the ESPN middle of the night apology when they erroneously reported that.

  30. harissonhits2 says:
    Aug 7, 2016 5:02 PM
    Yes, I admit, my QB cheated….but I don’t care. Tom Brady is why I became a Patriots fan (from a diehard Cowboys fan) in the first place. I also cheer for the Panthers because of Cam Newton. My partner calls me a “superFAN”; hey, if the shoe fits….:)

    Go Patriots and Panthers!

    Dude, you’re a complete fraud. The definition of front runner. No respect.

  31. brianc34 says:
    Aug 7, 2016 7:10 PM
    You mean like the proof of taping practices? You don’t ask for too much. You just cheat too much. Other teams fans are like that.
    ————————
    Your post makes little sense but the Patriots never taped a practice – that was an invented story that keeps getting brought up by the ignorant (and Kurt Whiner). If you are tangentially referring to the Broncos taping a Skins practice when McDaniels was HC there, well the Broncos admitted it and paid a modest fine – even though it was a worse offense than the in-game arguable placement of a completely legitimate camera that became known as Spygate (the same “violation” that outgoing Commish Tagliabue in late 2006 said would still be perfectly legal when the Jets did it to the Pats).

  32. Patriot fans think if they say something enough times and with enough conviction (lol) that others will start believing their drivel.

    It’s been through the legal process and all appeals have been denied. Brady’s four game suspension for cheating was confirmed and will stand.
    That’s all anyone needs to know.
    The Pat fans will wail from the hillside saying anyone who doesn’t believe them is jealous or a juvenile. So predictable.

    Tim Rattay was never suspended for anything.

  33. So happy the Pats did their homework (as usual in the BB era) & also got lucky with deciding to go with Brady….NOBODY expects a 6th round pick to become the GOAT…. How BLESSED we Patriots fans are!!! Getting to watch Brady year in & year out dominate the league…. & no end in sight yet….
    Can’t wait to see him back starting in week 5 thru the Super Bowl & collect his 5th ring & 4th SB MVP….. So cool!!!

  34. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says:
    Aug 7, 2016 4:13 PM
    Man, it really is great to be a Patriots fan. A gift, really.

    ___________________________________________

    COULDN’T AGREE MORE!!!!!
    Well said…. Go Pats!!!

  35. Even the hall of famer Brett Favre stated Brady never cheated – only the jealous fans keep saying Brady cheated to make themselves feel better…..

  36. beauregard says:
    Aug 7, 2016 8:13 PM

    Patriot fans think if they say something enough times and with enough conviction (lol) that others will start believing their drivel.

    These are not Patriots fans:

    “NY PROFESSOR ROBERT BLECKER – DEFLATEGATE | “TISSUE OF LIES”
    “TAKING THE MEASURE OF DEFLATEGATE”
    “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”.

    First one is from NY and is either a Jets or Giants fan.
    The second one teaches at MIT but his bio is available online and he didn’t go to school anywhere near Boston and he is an Eagles fan.
    The last one is a Steelers fan.

  37. Goodness gracious. For all the responses to harrisonhits2, doesn’t everybody recognize that it is a troll who added a 2 at the end of a respected, articulate poster’s moniker?

    These are the trolls that I despise the most. The ones that claim to be fans of a team, and then gently trash them. There are 2 of them on this story alone. I have more respect for the normal band of idiots.

    Yes, I know there are Pats fans that do the same thing.

  38. Report comment
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Aug 7, 2016 4:36 PM
    Brady runs all the plays the coordinator and coach give him, he rarely has to improvise as the Oline is usually great and receivers are so well coached they run precise routes. There are also no difficult throws in the Patriots system. Every pass is high percentage for completion. I’m sure Rattay could have had success in New England.
    =============

    And the rest of us are sure you are a moron

  39. streetyson says:
    Aug 7, 2016 7:47 PM

    Brady wasn’t their 6th round pick, he was an extra compensatory pick AFTER the 6th round – in effect a 7th pick, but we would’nt expect an 8yr old to know that.

    *******************
    I’d like to think I am a good football fan but don’t ever recall reading or hearing he was a compensatory pick.
    Thanks for the good infomation except I am a lot older than 8 FYI.

  40. Wait, if all Patriot fans are bandwagoners who joined after the Superbowl wins then who bought all the tickets to sell out the stadium every year from 1993-2001?

  41. Every scientist that knows the correct PSI information has concluded that the weather explained

    Totally and completely wrong. Google “the case against Tom Brady Seahawk boys.” He completely destroys the Ideal Gas Law myth. And he keeps adding new info to the post.

  42. The Colts footballs should have never been used as a control group for a comparison with the Patriots footballs. Especially only measuring 4 Colts footballs after allowing them to warm up indoors while 10 Patriots footballs were being measured two times each.
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    This is completely wrong. If that were true than the last 3-4 Pats balls measured would be the least deflated. They are not. In fact, ball #10, which would have been tested only moments before the Colts balls, was the most deflated on both gauges. So much for that argument.

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    The Colts footballs were not treated the same during the measuring process. The Colts footballs were allowed to sit indoors and warm up prior to being measured.

    So were the Patriots balls. The re-inflation is very rapid, and again if this were true the last Pats balls would be not be so under inflated.
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    The only people with science backgrounds that said that the weather couldn’t explain the deflation were ones that were also believing the false report that originally claimed that 11 of 12 footballs were 2.o PSI below 12.50 PSI.

    Every scientist that knows the correct PSI information has concluded that the weather explained the deflation.

    I have a science/engineering background. The Ideal Gas “Law” (which is not a law) cannot possibly account for the deflation of the Patriots footballs.

  43. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says:
    Aug 7, 2016 4:13 PM
    Man, it really is great to be a Patriots fan. A gift, really.

    Since 2002. But soon it won’t be once Brady and Belicheat leave.

  44. galaxybeing says:
    Aug 8, 2016 12:12 AM
    I have a science/engineering background. The Ideal Gas “Law” (which is not a law) cannot possibly account for the deflation of the Patriots footballs.
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    Which means one of two things are likely:
    (1.) You didn’t take the time to find out what the actual PSI numbers are so you still believe the false report that the NFL made sure everyone heard for 6 months which claimed that 11 of 12 footballs were 2.0 PSI below 12.50 PSO or 10.50 PSI.
    Here are the actual measurements as reported by the NFL:
    #1 — 11.50 —— 11.80
    #2 — 10.85 —— 11.20
    #3 — 11.15 —— 11.50
    #4 — 10.70 —— 11.00
    #5 — 11.10 —— 11.45
    #6 — 11.60 —— 11.95
    #7 — 11.85 —— 12.30
    #8 — 11.10 —— 11.55
    #9 — 10.95 —— 11.35
    #10 — 10.50 —— 10.90
    #11 — 10.90 —— 11.35
    It is clear that only one of the 22 measurements is at 10.50 or 2.0 PSI below 12.50 PSI.

    ( 2.) The school where you obtained your “science/engineering background” owes you a refund. I suggest that you use your background and take a few minutes to find an online in a video titled “TAKING THE MEASURE OF DEFLATEGATE” You can find that video on a popular online video site that begins with “you…” The name of the presenter is “John Leonard” and his educational background can be found online. If your credentials are what you say they are then you should be able to understand the information that is presented.

    I’m sure that Professor John Leonard and the 21 engineering\science professors from universities all over the country that notified the court that the weather explains the deflation would appreciate your opinion when you make it public along with your full name, educational credentials and your employer’s name.

    Just make sure that you know the actual PSI measurements when you form your final opinion. You will also want to make sure that you include both temperature and rain as factors before forming your opinion. Being wet makes thing warm up slower. And when leather footballs are wet the volume increases by up to 3%.

  45. Don’t forget San Fran drafted a QB in the 3rd round in 2000 also… Kid from Hofstra… He’s a goat herder now 🙂

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