Bill Belichick on QBs: Interesting group in draft, a lot of ways to do it

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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick held a pre-draft press conference on Thursday afternoon and the quarterback position came up multiple times during his 20-plus minutes with the media.

Belichick said early in the session that there are “a lot of ways to do it” when discussing what he’s looking for in a quarterback and said that teams have to adapt to the skills of the players on hand rather than chase trends that may exist around the league.

Right now, the players on hand in New England are Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham. Some have wondered if that group may grow in the first round of this month’s draft, but Belichick’s answer to a question about what he’s seen from this year’s group of prospects didn’t provide much of a hint.

“It’s definitely an interesting group,” Belichick said.

Belichick was asked if he’d “overdraft” a quarterback because he didn’t think he’d be around for a later pick and said he wouldn’t rule it out, although he noted that would be true of a player at any position. He had a similar answer when it came to potentially moving up the board, which leaves things as open as they can be two weeks ahead of draft day.

43 responses to “Bill Belichick on QBs: Interesting group in draft, a lot of ways to do it

  1. I believe the Pats are prime candidates to trade with Atlanta. Don’t think BB will quibble over the cost if the QB he likes is there.

  2. I’m not going to tell you if I like this group of quarterbacks or not. I’ll wait and see if the Patriots draft one then give my opinion.

  3. If the Pats never win anything else we will have proof the answer to the question ‘How did they do it all those years?’ now resides in Tampa Bay.

  4. the genius speaks

    And only the fools listen.

    Typical day on PFT…..three threads on the Pats….the bias is showing.

  5. Is it possible he got lucky with Brady, and now he’s back in the same boat as all the other coaches looking for a franchise QB.

  6. If the quarterback the Patriots are interested in is still there past the 5th pick then I wouldn’t be surprised if they made an attempt to move up to get him, but at the same time if the Patriots traded out, and moved back, I wouldn’t be surprised either. Bill does what Bill does based on what he thinks is best for the team at the time he does it, and if that doesn’t make any sense it’s because neither does Bill’s past moves in the draft

  7. PhD says:
    April 15, 2021 at 3:11 pm
    If the Pats never win anything else we will have proof the answer to the question ‘How did they do it all those years?’ now resides in Tampa Bay.
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    A big part is in Tampa for sure, but Bill’s D is what got them there and won the games most of the time

  8. Vasteelerfan says:
    April 15, 2021 at 3:14 pm
    the genius speaks

    And only the fools listen.

    Typical day on PFT…..three threads on the Pats….the bias is showing.

    Waaaaaa “three threads about the Patriots “
    “I’m a Steelers fan but let me click on the Patriots threads to cry about it”

  9. Try drafting some barely rated, undersized skinny kid with a daddy body in the sixth round and see if you can catch lightning in a bottle.

  10. homerboy says:
    April 15, 2021 at 3:30 pm
    PhD says:
    April 15, 2021 at 3:11 pm
    If the Pats never win anything else we will have proof the answer to the question ‘How did they do it all those years?’ now resides in Tampa Bay.
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    A big part is in Tampa for sure, but Bill’s D is what got them there and won the games most of the time

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    Yeah….like in the SB against the Eagles where BB refused to play their starting CB and Bill’s defense didn’t stop the Eagles even once

  11. If any of them can throw a 5 yard out without skipping the ball to the receiver, said person would be an upgrade at the position.

  12. I would think that if Belichick sees something special in any of these quarterbacks, he goes all-in on getting one. If anyone knows the value of having a great QB to hitch a ride on, it’s him.

  13. I don’t think he needs to draft a quarterback, because according to some analysts, Cam Newton is a better quarterback than Jimmy Garappolo.

  14. I use to be a Steelers fan till I learned that football was a competitive sport.
    I gave up being a Steelers fan because their not very competitive anymore.

  15. PhD says:
    April 15, 2021 at 3:11 pm
    If the Pats never win anything else we will have proof the answer to the question ‘How did they do it all those years?’ now resides in Tampa Bay.

    *******

    Did Brady shut down the Greatest Show on Turf? Was Brady playing D when they held the hottest NFC offense, the Rams, to 3 points?

    Brady is the GOAT, full stop. But part of what makes him the GOAT is his willingness to structure his pay so BB could afford the other pieces.

  16. PhD says:
    April 15, 2021 at 3:11 pm
    If the Pats never win anything else we will have proof the answer to the question ‘How did they do it all those years?’ now resides in Tampa Bay.

    not quite the PhD their

    Early in Bradys career The D was more Responsible for our SB wins. Early in his career he did not make mistakes to lose games..

    Not until Randy showed up in 07 is when his game really matured and he won games.

    he was put in a situation where their was never to much asked of him. And Belichick built a team to his strengths.

    Love tom Brady hope he wins more.

  17. If any of them can throw a 5 yard out without skipping the ball to the receiver,

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    75/5 = 15
    75/15 = 5
    75/25 = 3
    Which system do you like to play if you are a QB?

  18. he was put in a situation where their was never to much asked of him.
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    Nah, 600 throws in 2002, 500+ in 2003, 2005 and 2006.
    Top 10 offense in 2001
    Carry the team in 2002 and 2005.
    5 comeback wins in 2003.
    #4 offense in 2004.
    Saved Belichick’s defense in 2002 SB and 2004 SB.

  19. Belichick said early in the session that there are “a lot of ways to do it” when discussing what he’s looking for in a quarterback and said that teams have to adapt to the skills of the players on hand rather than chase trends that may exist around the league.

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    This seems so obvious, but how many teams actually do it? Young QBs are too often thrown to the whims of of the HC and OC and they will only adapt to the player’s skills if their egos aren’t in the way, and that doesn’t happen too often.

  20. It blows my mind seeing all these mock drafts with Belichicks drafting Fields. It’s not happening.

  21. Here’s the debate about Belichick’s drafting record. Worst GM in the league? Ya, ok. From 2000-2016, Belichick drafted the most Pro Bowlers in the NFL. BB drafted the 4th most 1rst team All Pros in the NFL. Hidden gems in late rnds and UFAs are too numerous to list. Expensive FAs? How about Revis, RColvin and Gilmour, among others. Cheap FAs that save cap room? How about MVrabel and RHarrison, among others. Great trades? How about CDillon, RMoss, Welker, Van Noy, among others. Did I mention the 6 rings? The most wins in the NFL, by a mile? Now Belichick had a bad 3-4 yr run in the draft and free agency. I’ve been calling that out for 2 yrs, although the jury is still out on the last 2 drafts. The Pats, always ahead of the NFL curve, seem to be adjusting. For all the Brady apologists saying it was all about Brady. I’m a huge fan. Put Brady on the Jets the last 5 years. How many rings does he win then? If you said more than 0…

  22. From 2000-2016, Belichick drafted the most Pro Bowlers in the NFL.

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    Why was Devin White not elected into Pro Bowl in 2020?

  23. I hope the Patriots don’t make a traden for Matty Ice. That blowing of the 28-3 Superbowl lead has ruined him. But watching the tape ofnthat games sure warms the hearts of many Patriots fan.

  24. Devin White was not elected to the Pro Bowl, because the coaches, other players and fans thought Bobby Wagner and Fred Warner were better choices, based on the regular season performances. DWhite did make 2nd team All Pro. Any other questions?

  25. If there’s one thing you can count on BB doing in the draft is that it wii definitely NOT be what any of the alleged experts tell you he will do.

  26. Put Brady on the Jets the last 5 years. How many rings does he win then?

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    Put those Pats defenders in Jets, how many probowlers would there be?

  27. At least 3. Hightower, Gilmour and McCourty, off the top of my head. Not counting all the STers. Could be more. I used to change the subject when I was wrong too. Thankfully, I grew up.

  28. Seems like it all hinges on what SF does at #3. If they make an unexpected choice, it could turn into a free-for-all. It might anyway, but I’m wondering.

  29. At least 3. Hightower, Gilmour and McCourt

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    Given the bottom team Brady took over in 2001, I believe Brady could have turned Rex Ryan’s Jets into a dynasty, Brady could have turned Todd Bowles Jets into a dynasty.

  30. Yes, That’s why Rex Ryan is out of FB and Bowles is back to a DC.. Because they were such good HCs. Brady didn’t take over the 2001 Pats. He made some big plays, but was mostly along for the ride. That team belonged to Belichick, McGinest, Bruschi, et al. Belichick took a crafty built waiver wire team, and beat the greatest show on turf as 14′ point underdogs. With a fantastic defensive game plan. That was after STeams, with help from Bledsoe, beat the steelers in Pitts in the AFCCG. Thank you for making my point

  31. That team belonged to Belichick, McGinest, Bruschi, et al.

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    Ya, the team belonged to a coach who was about to be fired.

  32. It’s impossible to over-pay for an elite QB. The cost of not having an elite QB is much higher. I don’t think that’s something anyone has to tell Bill Belichick. Bill is not a trend follower. He probably looks around the NFL and doesn’t see anyone that knows something he doesn’t know. He might be looking at Kyle Trask and wondering why he’s not rated higher by all the “experts”. While most people that like Trask might shy away because they’d follow the herd, Belichick would be hoping the herd passed him up. Kind of like what Don Shula was thinking when the herd passed up Dan Marino.

  33. If the Pats never win anything else we will have proof the answer to the question ‘How did they do it all those years?’ now resides in Tampa Bay.

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    Yeah, there werent any good players in Tampa last year, just Brady. He did it all on his own.

    Mike Evans
    Antonio Brown
    Chris Godwin
    Gronk
    Fournette
    JPP
    Devin White
    Lavonte David
    Suh
    Shaq Barrett

    Those are all very good to excellent players.

    It was Brady who held KC without a TD in the SB, I suppose.

  34. Belichick was about to be fired? 20 yrs ago? Wow

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    SI : When No One Believed in the Belichick Way

    “His belief was steadfast, and that meant leading his coaching staff through a daily steeplechase of rigorous scouting, preparation and planning WHILE THEY THEMSELVES WERE NOT SURE IF THEY SHOULD PUT THEIR HOMES ON THE MARKET “

  35. beat the greatest show on turf as 14′ point underdogs. With a fantastic defensive game plan.

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    Titans’ #15 defense limited the greatest show to 23 points.

    Now, did Belichick give his QB the necessary talents to save the team from own 3 yard line? did Belichick give his QB the necessary talents to capitalize on every opportunities given by defense? did Belichick give his QB the necessary talents to put offense in FG range with only 81 seconds left?

    Again, they wouldn’t even make playoff without Brady.

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