FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Quick thoughts / notes about the New England Patriots and NFL:
1. Belichick at 69: Coach Bill Belichick will celebrate his 69th birthday on April 16th, highlighting his place among a group of the oldest as head coaches in the NFL.
Romeo Crennel (73) was the oldest last season, followed by George Halas (72), Marv Levy (72), Tom Coughlin (69) and Dick Vermeil (69). In the current ranks of coaching only Pete Carroll of Seattle Seahawks (70 years old in September) is older than Belichick.
Belichick once famously said that he would not train like Levy in the 70s, but two years ago he confirmed this statement in a radio interview. Levy understands why.
“Age is just a rough guide. You’re involved and working hard on it and you love it, this is it,” the longtime Bills coach, now 95, said in a phone interview with ESPN. “You only train as long as you love it. I finally retired because the big core of our team was getting old and they were all retiring. And I finally got it. I felt like I needed some time path.”
This decision was not easy for Levy in 1997. He said then-Bills owner Ralph Wilson tried to dissuade him and gave him a week to think about it.
Levy didn’t regret it, given the ability to write multiple books and travel, but later admitted to wondering if he’d made the right decision.
“Maybe a year or two later, to tell the truth. I said, ‘Wow, maybe I did it too soon’ when I was rested again. I could probably have done another 3-4 years, just,” said he
How many more for Belichick – who previously said he had the book “Younger Next Year: A Guide to Living 50 through 80 and Older” by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge – The All-Time Earnings Charts could be a helpful guide .
He has 311 wins (regular season and playoffs combined), the third all-time behind Don Shula (347) and Halas (324).
If the Patriots get an average of nine to ten wins a season, Belichick will be within striking distance of Shula in about four years, or when he’s 72 years old.
2. Carroll counts after five: Carroll was insightful with Patriots reporters last September about his longevity as a coach, saying he was inspired to pursue a five-year mindset by longtime New York Times reporter / columnist writer David Brooks. Basically, Carroll said he felt great and put the clock back to five more every year. “Why do you watch year after year?” he asked.
3.Winovich’s weight: Third year off the linebacker, Chase Winovich shared behind-the-scenes insights into his off-season goal of gaining weight with Patriots season ticket members last week. Winovich said meeting former Patriots outside of linebacker Rob Ninkovich inspired him to do so. Winovich, who is on the team’s list at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, announced that he has hired a personal chef to help achieve his goal. From Ninkovich, who instructed a 260 weight to help him set the edge, Winovich said, “I looked him in the eye and said, ‘I’ll get my weight right.’ This guy’s words get me going. “
4. Deion supports Cam: Count Super Bowl XXXIX Most Valuable Player Deion Branch among those who believe the 2021 Cam Newton will be significantly improved over the 2020 version. “Given the off-season [he’ll have]”I think we’ll see a better camera,” said Branch when previewing the Patriots season ticket member. “Everyone is always talking about 2015 [MVP] Cam Newton, but I’d like to go back to 2018 [version] – 67.9% passed, 24 TDs, 13 interceptions. If they can get that kind of performance I think this will be a great year. “
5th corner market: Top cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and J.C. Jackson (restricted tender for free agents) have contracts that expire after the 2022 season, so the position is a “sneaky” need for the Patriots. It’s a good year to try and populate with South Carolina in the 2021 NFL Draft (April 29 – May 1 in Cleveland, on ESPN and ESPN the App) Jaycee Horn (Son of former NFL receiver Joe Horn) a notable first-round consideration. “This is a year where you can find corners throughout the design. I wouldn’t be shocked right now if 40 corners were designed,” said ESPN design analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
6. Design nugget: When quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Mac Jones, Justin Fields and Trey Lance are selected within the top 10, as with some projects it would be a premiere. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information, in the collaborative design era (since 1967), five quarterbacks have never been drafted in 10 picks. The shortest amount of time five quarterbacks were picked was in 1992, when five were drafted between picks 220 and 230 – a group that included eventual Super Bowl winner Brad Johnson.
7. Two tight ends a “must”: Michael Lombardi and Scott Pioli, both top employees under Belichick, shared in their recent media appearances how each off-season is spent determining the team’s “needs, needs and desires”. A close finish was obviously a “must” for the Patriots of 2021 – like the contracts for Jonnu Smith (4 years, $ 50 million, with a $ 31.25 million guarantee) and Hunter Henry (3 years, 37, US $ 5 million, with a US $ 25 million guarantee). Here’s a telling reason why: The Patriots took 3% of their snaps with two or more tight ends on the field last season, slightly a league low, followed by the Bills (12%) and Steelers / Bengals (Jan. %). . Two-tight-end packages have long been a staple among Belichick. The Patriots have scored 271 top division touchdowns with two on the field since 2010, followed by the Minnesota Vikings (217) and the Philadelphia Eagles (208). It was just a “must” to reintroduce this into the attack.
8. Asiasi as No. 3 TE: While Smith and Henry’s signings could be seen as a sign of low support for Devin Asiasi from the 2020 third round – the close end of UCLA – an alternative thought is that it might actually be best for him; Reducing pressures and expectations in a # 3 role that could get bigger and bigger over time. Because the Patriots love the flexibility of running packages with two bottlenecks, they are more likely to keep at least three bottlenecks on the 53-man insurance roster. That’s even more important given Henry’s injury history.
9. Martins $ 591: The NFL Management Council has completed its performance-based compensation payments. This is a tariff fund that offers players additional compensation based on their playing time and their salary level. Thus, the lower salary players who have the highest total playing time will receive the greatest reward, with Security Guard Mike Onwenu’s $ 554,792 leading the way for the Patriots. The lowest number was Center Martin’s $ 591. This was due to Martin being activated for the regular season finale on his Patriots debut, playing a punch on the Field Goal Protection Unit. Hey, every snapshot counts.
10. Did you know: Since Belichick became coach in 2000, the Patriots have returned 22 players for a second stint with the team to play in at least one game after playing for another team in at least one competition. This puts the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in third place during this period, with the Seahawks (26) and Steelers (24) in the lead. Offensive tackle Trent Brown and full-back Kyle Van Noy will bring the total Patriot count to 24 in Week 1.