Bill Belichick says Ernie Adams has finished his final draft with the Patriots

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It’s an end of an era in New England for a guy whom no one still really knows what he has done.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters on Saturday that the 2021 draft will be Ernie Adams’ last draft with the team.

Adams’ title is director of football research. It’s still not entirely clear what he does. Belichick, and Adams, seem to like it that way.

Arguably, Adams’ most significant contribution came prior to Super Bowl XLIV, when he spotted the Seahawks’ tendency to throw an “in” route from shotgun formation, with one receiver picking the defensive back covering the other receiver on the right side of the formation. That knowledge allowed cornerback Brandon Browner to prevent the pick — and it allowed cornerback Malcolm Butler to make the Super Bowl-clinching interception of Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson.

Adams surely did much more than that. It’s just not quite clear what he precisely did. And it’s not quite clear who will take over for him.

56 responses to “Bill Belichick says Ernie Adams has finished his final draft with the Patriots

  1. I wonder if this is why no one knows exactly what Patricia is doing with the team.

  2. If that Seachickens tendency is the only contribution he made it was worth every penny paid to him.

  3. He couldn’t make Cam Newton throw a football last year that’s for sure.

  4. Matt Patricia. His undefined and expansive back office role would make a lot more sense if it was because he was being groomed to replace Ernie Adams. I feel it better suits his skill set than coaching, he’s not much of a people person or a leader of men, but he does have a pretty darn good football mind. Give him an out of the way office, and just let him do his thing without being disturbed. If he’s half as good at that as Ernie Adams, then the results should be pretty good.

  5. The man was a statistical genius who arguably was the better half to Belichick

  6. “ when he spotted the Seahawks’ tendency to throw an “in” route from shotgun formation “ after watching the illegal video the Patriots has been taping for two weeks leading to the Super Bowl.

    There, fixed it.

  7. No one knows what he does. No one knows what he looks like. No one knows what he looks like….
    That how he made it onto everyone sidelines during practice and into the locker rooms at halftime.

  8. I love it. Nobody knows what he does. That sounds an awful lot like Mike Tomlin in Pittsburgh. He doesn’t call the offensive plays, and he doesn’t call the defensive plays. He just stands there with his sunglasses on trying to look cool.

  9. Perhaps at his goodbye party they will mention his job description.

  10. If anyone thinks the Pats will be successful again under BB then you are delusional–main reason anyone who trusts Matt Patricia in any capacity hasn’t assessed football properly over the last 3 years

  11. Ernie Adams
    “Director of Cheating Services”
    New England Patriots

    Could that be it?

  12. Just another guy who owes everything he has to Tom Brady

  13. “It’s still not entirely clear what he does.”
    ———————–

    Seriously. A former municipal bond trader on Wall Street. It’s called ANALYTICS.

    Adams was one of only three people on the headset with Belichick on gameday. That’s how important he is and how much Bill values cold, hard analytics instead of biased “gut” feelings.

  14. (In best Tyler Durden voice)
    “The first rule of Ernie Adams is…”

  15. biancaneri says: “Matt Patricia. His undefined and expansive back office role would make a lot more sense if it was because he was being groomed to replace Ernie Adams.”
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    Ernie Adams was great at statistical analysis. It’s not as if Matt Patricia is a rocket scientist. Oh wait, he is…

  16. Art Modell once offered anyone with the Browns $25k if they could tell him what Ernie Adams did.

  17. Six rings well deserved. Thanks Ernie

    Maybe like Dante coach can talk you out of retirement.

  18. akira1971 says:
    May 1, 2021 at 8:40 pm
    “It’s still not entirely clear what he does.”
    ———————–

    Seriously. A former municipal bond trader on Wall Street. It’s called ANALYTICS.

    Adams was one of only three people on the headset with Belichick on gameday. That’s how important he is and how much Bill values cold, hard analytics instead of biased “gut” feelings.

    13 1 Rate This

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    Yep.

    I love how people like here ask “no one knows what he does”, yet why does it matter if the people who employ him like his incredible photographic memory?

    BB has one too, Brady has one, I have one, etc. Many people do, some stronger than others, but that intense recall is incredily valuable in life, competition and in business. When you can immediately pull the spot on info you need that 90% of the population simply doesn’t have it, so they don’t get it.

    It’s also a hard skill to explain and you can’t put it on a resume either.

    Thank you, Ernie. And thank you, BB, for pulling him off Wall Street to help with the team.

  19. LJandFlaccoAreElite says:
    May 1, 2021 at 8:55 pm
    Art Modell once offered anyone with the Browns $25k if they could tell him what Ernie Adams did.

    4 2 Rate This

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    Why does it matter? Adams is essentially a consultant and another pair of eyes. If he sucked, BB wouldn’t have wanted him as an employee.

    It’s like people are so jealous of a good employee for some odd reason.

    Art Modell was a loser and sucked anyway.

  20. Art Modell once offered anyone with the Browns $25k if they could tell him what Ernie Adams did.

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    If Brady had scored 24 points or less, Seahawks would have won with a FG, and you wouldn’t know what he did either.

  21. Ernie Adams and Dante Scarnecchia are two of the most unsung heroes of that great, great dynasty. All those wins, all those wonderful New England autumn days raking leaves and having friends over to listen to or watch the game. Thanks Ernie.

  22. Will any Belichick’s believers explain who should be blamed for the following TD, Belichick or Adams?

    Right before half time in SB against Seahawks :
    0:36 — SEA 20 Robert Turbin middle for 19 yards (tackle by Devin McCourty)
    0:24 — SEA 39 Russell Wilson for 17 yards (tackle by Devin McCourty)
    0:11 — NWE 44 Russell Wilson pass complete deep left to Ricardo Lockette for 23 yards (tackle by Kyle Arrington). Penalty on Kyle Arrington: Face Mask (15 Yards),
    0:06 — NWE 11 Russell Wilson pass complete short left to Chris Matthews for 11 yards, touchdown

    BTW, who should be blamed for the TD by Fitzmagic that lost HFA?

  23. Job listing in Sunday’s Boston Globe

    Vice President of Espionage
    Must be experienced in subterfuge and duplicity. Moral compass not required. Apply in person at One Patriot Place.

  24. Wow, and all these years, I thought Super Bowl XLIV was the Saints versus the Colts.

  25. bradytrainersellsfakecancercures says:
    May 1, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    No one knows what he does. No one knows what he looks like. No one knows what he looks like….
    That how he made it onto everyone sidelines during practice and into the locker rooms at halftime
    ______________
    He was “the janitor”

  26. Have you noticed that the individual who posts incessantly about the Patriots defensive lapses in their super bowl victory over Seattle never credits Seattle for great plays? For example, Jermaine Kearse’s circus catch with 3 minutes to go that put the Seahawks in position to win. Nor does he credit Belichick for replacing veteran Kyle Arrington in the 2nd half with a rookie USFA, an in-game adjustment that no other BFL coach would dare make.

    Now he impugns the efforts of Earnie Adams who Belichick credited with pregame analysis of Seattle tendencies, including the exact play they called on the goal line with the game on the line.

    Belichick not only gave credit where it was due, he acted on Adams’ insight and practiced that play with a backup rookie corner. How does any true football not marvel at that preparation and execution.

  27. People thought Tom Brady leaving was it for the Patriots Dynasty. This is truly it right here. This man was one of the more important parts of the Dynasty. He was Bills analytical approach to the game. Please write a autobiography Ernie, let’s understand that football mind of yours.

  28. touchback6 says:
    May 1, 2021 at 9:17 pm
    akira1971 says:
    May 1, 2021 at 8:40 pm
    “It’s still not entirely clear what he does.”
    ———————–

    Seriously. A former municipal bond trader on Wall Street. It’s called ANALYTICS.

    Adams was one of only three people on the headset with Belichick on gameday. That’s how important he is and how much Bill values cold, hard analytics instead of biased “gut” feelings.

    13 1 Rate This

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    Yep.

    I love how people like here ask “no one knows what he does”, yet why does it matter if the people who employ him like his incredible photographic memory?

    BB has one too, Brady has one, I have one, etc. Many people do, some stronger than others, but that intense recall is incredily valuable in life, competition and in business. When you can immediately pull the spot on info you need that 90% of the population simply doesn’t have it, so they don’t get it.

    It’s also a hard skill to explain and you can’t put it on a resume either.

    Thank you, Ernie. And thank you, BB, for pulling him off Wall Street to help with the team.

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    Lmao. If you remembered everything you said, you wouldn’t be on this board. You’re also batting .175

  29. Belichick not only gave credit where it was due, he acted on Adams’ insight and practiced that play with a backup rookie corner. How does any true football not marvel at that preparation and execution.

    ——————————-

    Belichick’s believer don’t give credit where it is due.

    How do any true football fans not marvel at Brady’s abilities of turning cheap receivers into play makers, SINCE 2001, and insist it was because of defensive coach who never talked his QB and WR on the bench?

  30. If I coached against Belichick in a big game, like an AFCCG or super bowl I would first self scout my own team’s tendencies. Then I would game-plan to break tendencies at some critical junctures.

    Years ago a Dolphins team beat an excellent Patriots team, ending a run of 21 straight regular season victories by snapping the ball directly to Ronnie Brown. I wouldn’t go that dramatic, just simply run the exact formations a well prepped offense and defense would expect and change it up intermittently.

    Only Belichick would have prepared for anything other than a Marshawn Lynch run on the goal line. Alas, even changing it up doesn’t necessarily work.

  31. A new role for Patricia? He’s a sharp RPI graduate – a renowned engineering school where you had to do the work (it’s D3).

  32. You’ve been deeply involved in being one of the driving forces of one of the greatest dynasties in sports history and you get to keep your anonymity for your entire career. That, ladies and gentlemen, is one sweet gig.

  33. Only Belichick would have prepared for anything other than a Marshawn Lynch run on the goal line.

    —————–

    Ya, Belichick purposely let Seahawks drove to 5 yard line, right?

    Only a defense with Belichick would routinely collapse in playoff:
    2002 SB against Rams (Brady saved him); 2004 SB against Panthers (Brady saved him); 2007 AFCCG against Colts; 2008 SB against Giants; 2012 SB against Giants; 2015 SB against Seahawks (Brady’s 28 points and Pete Carrol saved him); 2018 SB against Eagles; 2019 AFCCG against Chiefs (Brady saved him)

  34. He was likely already out due to Kraft’s criticism of recent draft’s results. That would explain the vanilla safe draft for the Patriots this year. Mel Kiper could have picked this group.

  35. William Lee says:
    May 2, 2021 at 11:38 am
    Only Belichick would have prepared for anything other than a Marshawn Lynch run on the goal line.

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    Ya, Belichick purposely let Seahawks drove to 5 yard line, right?

    Only a defense with Belichick would routinely collapse in playoff:
    2002 SB against Rams (Brady saved him); 2004 SB against Panthers (Brady saved him); 2007 AFCCG against Colts; 2008 SB against Giants; 2012 SB against Giants; 2015 SB against Seahawks (Brady’s 28 points and Pete Carrol saved him); 2018 SB against Eagles; 2019 AFCCG against Chiefs (Brady saved him)

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    Yes yes, after all, nobody, coach or player, can be perfect can they? I mean, you named 7/8 examples of ‘bad’ defense (BTW I would not classify holding down ‘greatest show on earth’ in 2002 as a defensive collapse, really)??? Using your math, he’s coached in like 40+ playoff games, failed 7/8 times, so he succeeds over 85% of the time vs best competition, not too shabby huh? I’ll take it.

    Here’s what we know. 1. Bill Belichick is a heck of a coach. 2. Brady is a heck of a QB. 3. Together they were magical. 4. People complain…..a lot, and make excuses when BB/TB beat them.

  36. William Lee, as a non-Pats fan I agree with you on many points about the Patriots and Brady in general. But to completely discredit Belichick for the Patriots’ success is unfair. Go listen to the Dean Pees, retired DC, interview at Make Defense Great Again podcast. In his tenure at New England, Pees says BB delegated most of the defense duties to his defensive coaches and staff. In fact he only spent little time with the defense. So, what did he do? He spent majority of his time with Brady, showing him what defense do, essentially tutoring Brady on how to read defense. And that mentorship of Brady is really BB’s greatest contribution to the dynasty. I think by the time of the record-breaking season in 2007, Brady was already BB’s equal, notice their office conversation scene in the 2009 season in the A Football Life series that they interchange ideas about the game. And from that point on, the Pats became an offensive team and Brady was carrying the team for at least a decade. Say what you want about Belichick, he did contribute to their great success, in major ways.

  37. Enjoy the time away. No one deserves it more.

    He’s been analyzing NFL strategies since Gerald Ford was president.

    GOAT Coach’s right hand hand man, makes him GOAT NFL analyst by default.

    And before any of you stiffs try to badmouth BB and show your petty jealousy again, just let me know where you will be sitting when Belichick gets inducted into the HOF.

  38. Go listen to the Dean Pees, retired DC, interview at Make Defense Great Again podcast.

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    LOL, they all believed they had magic system, now they desperately showed that the success was because of Belichick, not Belichick.

    Again, did you see Belichick ever gave any advice to Cam? did you ever see Belichick talked to his QB and WR on the bench?

  39. that mentorship of Brady is really BB’s greatest contribution to the dynasty.

    ——————————

    Look away from intended receivers after snap to fool defenders a fraction of a second.

    With this, Brady was able to keep couple of more drives alive and on average scored 3-10 more points per game with that garbage squad. Nothing spectacular, but that was about 100 more points in 16 games, which turned garbage offense into top 10 offense.

    It had nothing to do with Belichick, otherwise you would have seen other Pats QB did the same.

  40. Directdriver,

    Belichick obviously had no clue what was going on offense, and naively thought he had magic system that turned those cheap receivers into play makers. That is why he even reached out to other teams after 2017, eager to prove that he didn’t need Brady. That is why all of Pats coaches thought they had magic system and and they didn’t need Brady; that is why they were all confused why those “easy” throws and “routes” were gone with Cam Newton.

    It never occurred to them, nor to Belichick’s believers that the reason Pats receivers were wide open was because of the TIME Brady threw the balls. IF BELICHICK DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THAT IT WAS THE TIME THAT MADE THOSE PLAYS EASY, HOW COULD HE POSSIBLY DEVELOP BRADY/

  41. And before any of you stiffs try to badmouth BB and show your petty jealousy again, j

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    Jealous? go watch the plays by Peyton, by Rodgers, by Brees, go try to find plays in which they looked away from their intended receivers after snap.

    — Without Brady, those “easy” throws and “easy” routes are gone.
    — Without those “easy” throws and “easy” routes, Belichick has to build the team like every other coach does, you will not any “genius” element.

    Even he finds next Peyton or next Rodgers, Belichick has to invest heavily in offense , or he will be the next Bill O’Brian who pulled a Belichick in Texans. BTW, Pats offense is extremely complicated, and is for QB with extremely high football IQ. You think that you put a design in front of a QB, then the QB will be able to execute? How delusional you are!!

  42. Belichick’s haters have come out of the woodwork after winning 7 games that could have easily been 9 wins. He did that with the league’s most COVID opt outs, QB who looked done and also missed time with COVID. Honestly, Belichick should have been coach of year last year because I don’t know any other coach that could have won 7 games with that team.

  43. Say what you will about William Lee, his grammar is generally atrocious.

  44. Wee willie lee, you forgot to tell me where you will be sitting during BB’s HOF induction so I’ll tell you….

    In the corner with one thumb in your mouth and the other up your bum… like a big baby who can’t admit how great BB truly is.

  45. weswelker83, patsfan4lifedynasty,

    Again :
    — It never occurred to Belichick, nor to Belichick’s believers that the reason Pats receivers were wide open was because of the TIME Brady threw the balls.
    — IF BELICHICK DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THAT IT WAS THE TIME THAT MADE THOSE PLAYS EASY, HOW COULD HE POSSIBLY DEVELOP BRADY?

    Are we talking about the coach who shamelessly took credits from others?

  46. In the corner with one thumb in your mouth and the other up your bum… like a big baby who can’t admit how great BB truly is.

    ————————-
    Tell me :

    — Look away from intended receivers after snap to fool defenders a fraction of a second.

    Why didn’t other Pats QB do it? Still try to pull underwear up to your nose to prove it smells good?

  47. Looking away from WRs? Brady invented that? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you someone that knows absolutely nothing about FB.

  48. Looking away from WRs? Brady invented that? Ladies and gentlemen….

    ——-

    Again, you can try to find such plays by Peyton, Rodgers or Brees, be my guest.

    — Look away from intended receivers after snap to fool defenders a fraction of a second.

    BTW, there were 8 completion in SB 2002. Brady used the skills in 3 of them. Enjoy.

  49. So, Belichick is being accused of “shamelessly taking credit from others”????

    Belichick regularly says “it’s a player’s game” when they win and leads with “we have to coach better” when they lose.

  50. William Lee says:
    May 1, 2021 at 11:21 pm

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    Belichick’s believer don’t give credit where it is due.

    How do any true football fans not marvel at Brady’s abilities of turning cheap receivers into play makers, SINCE 2001, and insist it was because of defensive coach who never talked his QB and WR on the bench?

    ~~~

    Not so much Belichick Believers but rather you have consistently bad takes.

    It’s funny when you call out the defenses collapse as being Bill’s fault. He gives the players a game plan and it is on them to execute it. But it can also be said that those losses are due in direct part to the offense not being able to put enough point on the board. And let’s not kid ourselves. In the AFCCG against KC, the Pats were bailed out by Ford.

  51. It’s funny when you call out the defenses collapse as being Bill’s fault.

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    When it was Colts, Packers or Saints, coaches were blamed for the collapses of defenses, why should Belichick be treated differently?

    It is utterly ridiculous.

  52. bartholomew,

    Before blaming losses on Brady, ask yourself who you blame when Peyton lost, when Rodgers lost, when Brees lost, OK?

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