Bill Belichick credits sportswriter for finding Julian Edelman

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Coaches rarely credit sportswriters for anything, especially not for identifying draft talent. But coach Bill Belichick said Monday that former Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin got the Patriots on the trail of Julian Edelman.

Edelman was a little-known quarterback at Kent State when the Patriots selected him in the seventh round of the 2009 draft.

“It’s kind of interesting,” Belichick said. “I’ve got to give Rick Gosselin credit on that one for getting us started. I talked to Rick — as you know, Rick followed the draft very closely — and at one point, he said to me, ‘A kid you might want to take a look at is this quarterback out of Kent State. I don’t think he can play quarterback [in the NFL], but I’ve heard he’s a pretty good player.’

“So we kind of got going on him a little bit, and we were like, ‘OK, what would we do with Julian? Is he a receiver? Is he a punt returner? Is he a defensive back? Is he maybe a guy that just can play multiple positions in the kicking game?’ So we went out and worked him out. How many times did we work you out? Two? So we sent one coach up there. And then we were like, ‘Well all right, let’s send someone else up there, because we weren’t really sure what to do with him.

“So, as it turned out, he came to the Patriots and caught passes, which he hadn’t done before, returned kicks, which he hadn’t done before, and played defense, which he hadn’t done before, in addition to covering kicks and all the other things in special teams.”

Edelman worked his way up the football chain to now Super Bowl LIII MVP, and he has Gosselin to thank for getting him to New England in the first place.

57 responses to “Bill Belichick credits sportswriter for finding Julian Edelman

  1. When Edelman was drafted, Belichick told him the Patriots didn’t know what they’d do with him, but they knew he was a player and they’d figure it out.

  2. I have never heard Bill Belichick take credit for anything. After every big win – “It’s not about me, it’s about these players”.

  3. When a media person talks football with Bill he gets respect. When they ask stupid questions they know very well he won’t answer is when the get the disdain, grumbling and snorting.

  4. The little scat slot receiver is the key to the Patriots offense. Much more so than Gronk is.

    Brady made Welker a star before Edelman. Same skill set.

    Every time I watch the Patriots it always drives me crazy how Brady finds his little undersized outlet for first down after first down while the defense leaves them wide open all game long!

  5. But also goes to show what a coach who has openness, vision and creativity can do. Clearly his highest criterion is that they be very good football players above and beyond positional stats or prototypical body types/ gym stats.

  6. Neither Belichick nor Brady sing their own praises but this is the first time I have heard Bill give credit to a sportswriter for finding a player.

    Bill also gave credit to an assistant coach for talking up Brady.

    Bill takes the blame but never the credit.

  7. vikings1234 says:
    February 4, 2019 at 10:27 am
    I have never heard Bill Belichick take credit for anything. After every big win – “It’s not about me, it’s about these players”.

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    Yup. Same with all the players. Contrast that to the train wreck taking place in Pittsburgh.

  8. This is exactly why I have a hard time calling Tom Brady the GOAT. Because to me it is clear that Bill Belichick is what makes this thing go. Brady is an all time great, but without BB he isn’t getting 6 rings. Give him a mediocre coach like Dungy & he may have 1-2. What has allowed them to be this good for so long is the way Belichick churns the roster & gets production out of nobodies. And he can obviously game plan better than anyone.

  9. vikings1234 says:
    February 4, 2019 at 10:27 am
    I have never heard Bill Belichick take credit for anything. After every big win – “It’s not about me, it’s about these players”.

    52 1 Rate This

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    Greatest GM and Coach ever. Greatest leader ever in sports.

  10. Rick Gosselin’s top 100 list was the list to use to watch the NFL Draft. He was connected with a lot of teams. It was the most well rounded list available. He won contest after contest. It was a sad day for me when DMN reassigned him and he no longer published a top 100.

  11. savethebs says:
    February 4, 2019 at 10:48 am
    This is exactly why I have a hard time calling Tom Brady the GOAT. Because to me it is clear that Bill Belichick is what makes this thing go. Brady is an all time great, but without BB he isn’t getting 6 rings. Give him a mediocre coach like Dungy & he may have 1-2. What has allowed them to be this good for so long is the way Belichick churns the roster & gets production out of nobodies. And he can obviously game plan better than anyone.

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    What is Belichick’s record without Brady? He was fired from the Browns and was on his way out wouldn’t have lasted much longer in NE at 5-13 until Brady took over. Also didn’t make the playoffs the year Brady was hurt. Brady makes this thing go. No one wins without the players to get it done.

  12. Edelman has demonstrated that winning makes people forget everything. He was suspended for PEDs to start the year and is now everyone’s darling.

  13. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    February 4, 2019 at 11:02 am
    GOAT GM and it’s not even close.

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    It isn’t, Jets fan.

    How do you like the view? Your cheating owner blew it and lost and you’ll pay forever.

  14. The draft is such a crapshoot, I’ve believed for a long time that there are guys who never even make it to the league that could be excellent football players. Perhaps a lot of them.

  15. BuckyBadger says:
    February 4, 2019 at 11:08 am

    What is Belichick’s record without Brady? He was fired from the Browns and was on his way out wouldn’t have lasted much longer in NE at 5-13 until Brady took over. Also didn’t make the playoffs the year Brady was hurt. Brady
    makes this thing go. No one wins without the players to get it done.

    You obviously dont remmeber 08 where matt cassel came in and belichick went 11-5 with em smh

  16. savethebs says:
    February 4, 2019 at 10:48 am
    This is exactly why I have a hard time calling Tom Brady the GOAT. Because to me it is clear that Bill Belichick is what makes this thing go. Brady is an all time great, but without BB he isn’t getting 6 rings. Give him a mediocre coach like Dungy & he may have 1-2. What has allowed them to be this good for so long is the way Belichick churns the roster & gets production out of nobodies. And he can obviously game plan better than anyone.

    BB without Brady 51-54

  17. savethebs says:
    February 4, 2019 at 10:48 am

    This is exactly why I have a hard time calling Tom Brady the GOAT. Because to me it is clear that Bill Belichick is what makes this thing go. Brady is an all time great, but without BB he isn’t getting 6 rings.

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    I’d like to see this line of thinking put to rest for good.

    To reach truly elite levels of greatness, great coaches need great players and great players need great coaches. And even then a lot depends on circumstances, choices, and luck.

    That’s what greatness is. It’s achievement within context. It’s not some inherent trait that produces the same results no matter what other variables are in place. That kind of “greatness” is imaginary.

  18. savethebs says:
    February 4, 2019 at 10:48 am
    This is exactly why I have a hard time calling Tom Brady the GOAT. Because to me it is clear that Bill Belichick is what makes this thing go. Brady is an all time great, but without BB he isn’t getting 6 rings. Give him a mediocre coach like Dungy & he may have 1-2. What has allowed them to be this good for so long is the way Belichick churns the roster & gets production out of nobodies. And he can obviously game plan better than anyone

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    Correction

    136-39 with Tom Brady as the starting quarterback. Without Brady, he’s 51-65.

  19. Brady suspended first 4 games of season = Patriots win Super Bowl.
    Edelman suspended first 4 games of season = Patriots win Super Bowl.

    Keep it coming, Roger!

  20. savethebs says:
    February 4, 2019 at 10:48 am
    This is exactly why I have a hard time calling Tom Brady the GOAT. Because to me it is clear that Bill Belichick is what makes this thing go. Brady is an all time great, but without BB he isn’t getting 6 rings. Give him a mediocre coach like Dungy & he may have 1-2. What has allowed them to be this good for so long is the way Belichick churns the roster & gets production out of nobodies. And he can obviously game plan better than anyone.

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    I guess you didn’t see the super bowl against Atlanta.

    Down 28-3 with 3 minutes to go in the third needing 2 touchdowns with 2 two point conversions.

    Only a GOAT can do that.

  21. ecause to me it is clear that Bill Belichick is what makes this thing go. Brady is an all time great, but without BB he isn’t getting 6 rings.
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    To think the old Cleveland Browns fired him….THEY (Ravens) could have had at least 4 or 5 rings by now.

  22. He played very well and Pats seem to know how to draft the best players below the top 32 year after year.

  23. Why does everything always have to devolve into an idiotic chicken and egg debate concerning BIll and Brady? It’s a symbiotic relationship one wouldn’t have had as much success without the other and vice versa. It’s not a paradox people.

  24. Come on, Gosselin touted Edelman off hearsay. Gosselin never even saw him play. He did turn Belichick to Julian then did his DD and drafted him in the 7th round..

  25. Devin Morrison says:
    February 4, 2019 at 11:35 am
    BuckyBadger says:
    February 4, 2019 at 11:08 am

    What is Belichick’s record without Brady? He was fired from the Browns and was on his way out wouldn’t have lasted much longer in NE at 5-13 until Brady took over. Also didn’t make the playoffs the year Brady was hurt. Brady
    makes this thing go. No one wins without the players to get it done.

    You obviously dont remmeber 08 where matt cassel came in and belichick went 11-5 with em smh

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    They played a very easy schedule and didn’t beat a good team all year. Is that the Patriots you know? With Brady they might have gone 16-0 playing that schedule. They played there easy division and the NFC West where the best team was the 9-7 Cardinals.

    The fact remains Belichick hasn’t gotten to the playoffs without Brady. The two years he coached without him the season ended without winning anything.

  26. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad the Pats won.

    But if #11 was such a special player why did the Pats wait for the end of the draft?
    Granted, it could be they saw something, but what if another team also saw something?

    Picking #11 + #12 were “Better than nothing, who knows?” picks.
    After the 5th round you are picking “Some Guy” who even if he makes the team, has his name velcroed on his jersey at least for the 1st year.

    Edelman would have had to have been a walk-on if his draft class was the same year as Brady.

    Still, the Pats got them and no one else did.

  27. BB deserves a lot of credit. But is anyone today upset or hammering on him for the game plan versus the Eagles? You telling me Foles and the Eagles had better play makers than the Rams? Bill has to be a little to blame for that SB loss….maybe a lot to blame.

  28. If you are still arguing or questioning Belichick’s greatness after that SB performance then you are just a lost cause. The Patriots could have won with Brian Hoyer, that’s just how brilliant Belichick’s game plan was.

  29. “But if #11 was such a special player why did the Pats wait for the end of the draft?
    Granted, it could be they saw something, but what if another team also saw something?”

    He wasn’t special per se. He was someone that felt could be a project but had potential. That’s what you are drafting in the 7th round, a bunch of potential often times limited with issues. For Edelman the issue was he was going to have to learn a new position. They were able to use his potential and do a fantastic job of developing him into a top slot WR.

  30. So, two Super Bowl MVP’s with a 6th and 7th round draft pick. Just says what a crap shoot the draft is and always will be…

  31. BuckyBadger says:
    February 4, 2019 at 11:08 am
    savethebs says:
    February 4, 2019 at 10:48 am
    This is exactly why I have a hard time calling Tom Brady the GOAT. Because to me it is clear that Bill Belichick is what makes this thing go. Brady is an all time great, but without BB he isn’t getting 6 rings. Give him a mediocre coach like Dungy & he may have 1-2. What has allowed them to be this good for so long is the way Belichick churns the roster & gets production out of nobodies. And he can obviously game plan better than anyone.

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    What is Belichick’s record without Brady? He was fired from the Browns and was on his way out wouldn’t have lasted much longer in NE at 5-13 until Brady took over. Also didn’t make the playoffs the year Brady was hurt. Brady makes this thing go. No one wins without the players to get it done.

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    Can we please stop using BB’s time in Cleveland as some sort of proof of failure? He’s STILL the last coach to win more than 10 games in Cleveland before Modell trashed the team. If anything, he also succeeded there despite terrible management.

  32. I watch a lot of MAC football, I knew all about Edelman. Terrific gritty player, from an underrated conference that’s produced more high-impact pros than the SEC (Gates, Roethlisberger, J. Harrison, Hunt, etc. etc.) Fun fact: Edelman and the Rams’ head coach played against each other in college.

    I heard some moron saying sportswriters should be taken out of Hall of Fame voting — stories like these are exactly why this is such a stupid comment.

  33. Flash1287 says:
    February 4, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Correction

    136-39 with Tom Brady as the starting quarterback. Without Brady, he’s 51-65.

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    Tom Brady has 237 wins — was someone other than BB coaching the Patriots for those other 101 wins and I just missed it somehow?

  34. Add St Louis to that list where a local lawyer took out a tv spot during the Super Bowl that said “Stan Still Sucks”. An instant classic…….

  35. Same thing with Brady. They saw nobody was taking interest with Brady, “he’s a winner”. So the Patriots stockpiled him.

  36. This is exactly why I have a hard time calling Tom Brady the GOAT. Because to me it is clear that Bill Belichick is what makes this thing go. Brady is an all time great, but without BB he isn’t getting 6 rings.
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    Endless discussion: Is it Brady, is it Belichick? Is it a chicken, is it an egg?
    Frankly, I don’t care. As a Pats fan I am just happy we have them both.

  37. rkt4mayor says:
    February 4, 2019 at 10:34 am
    The little scat slot receiver is the key to the Patriots offense. Much more so than Gronk is.

    Brady made Welker a star before Edelman. Same skill set.
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    Before Welker it was Troy Brown.

  38. BuckyBadger says:
    February 4, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    The fact remains Belichick hasn’t gotten to the playoffs without Brady.
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    Belichick won a playoff game in Cleveland. Beat some guy named Parcells too.

  39. “Every time I watch the Patriots it always drives me crazy how Brady finds his little undersized outlet for first down after first down while the defense leaves them wide open all game long!”

    They don’t leave him wide open. Edelman is a great route runner and makes very quick breaks to gain separation.

  40. lets not forget the drug dealer who helped PEDelman bulk up to take those hits over the middle while holding onto the ball.

    I cant believe the NFL made a guy who was suspended in the current year for cheating using PEDs the SB MVP. disgusting

  41. I’ve listened to and read Gosselin for years as he’s a local writer here in Dallas, his
    draft knowledge is quite rare and very much up to and better than many teams NFL scouts.
    Untill recent years when the Cowboys finally started figuring it out in the draft I kept hoping they just once would listen to his opinions on players coming out

  42. Let’s not forget, until yesterday NE didn’t have a SB victory, 1, that more than 4 points. So while TB is clutch, it’s clearly a team effort, for TB isn’t winning 4 SB’s at 4 or fewer points without the defensive minded Belichek. And where was this team for 10 years? Were it not for both Seattle and Atlanta gifting SB wins to NE late in each of those games, NE would be thought of as an underachiever, and 0-5 in SB appearances after last years defeat against Philly.

  43. Wait a minute. BB selects and creates the team every year. It’s teams that win championships, not individuals. There’s no “i” in team. If BB isn’t the true goat, then where is TB on winning NE’s first 3 SB’s each by a mere 3 points, and none by more than 20 points? It’s BB’s defensive acumen that kept TB in those games. Same for the 4 point win over Seattle, and 6 point win blanking Atlanta in the entire second half. At minimum its been a team effort, but as great as TB is, championships have come down to BB more than holding up his end on the defense. NE’s winning margins bear that out. I’m still waiting for NE to have a blowout SB victory. They don’t have one. Again, that’s BB.

  44. I’m still waiting for the Seahawks to have more than a measly 1 SB victory. Come to think of it, they have same amount as the Jets and Buccaneers. Basically, a very forgettable and irrelevant franchise.

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