In response to anonymis' comment:
In response to wozzy's comment:
I would contend that a team can't possess a winning % that Belichick's tenure has and simultaneously be bad in the draft... or anywhere else for that matter.
Teams are subject to a loss of resources, coaching, manpower; this is the downside of being successful.
Not many reload and manage the cap like Belichick, moreover he patches holes to keep his teams afloat during rough times, finding vet, free agents nobody else wants who contribute to winning.
For all the moaning about bad 2nd round draft picks, little is said about the undrafted free agents over the years that have made this team and contributed to winning.
The draft is a crapshoot, whether you're picking your 1st pick or your 6th, that guy could be Tom Brady or Rodney Harrison and the 1st round guy might be can't miss, but when he blows out a hip and can't endure the pain he becomes a bust; it doesn't mean it was a bad pick, it was an unlucky one.
Yes, the draft is a "crapshoot", but isn't BB on equal footing as all the other player scouts? If that's true, and BB is performing at or below the average success rate for drafting players - then that aspect of his managing/coaching/job leaves a little to be desired. In regards to undrafted free agents that make contributions, every other team has similar stories too.
So, BB is ultimately responsible for all those "holes" that were created. He tries to "fix" them because he has no choice.
Maybe, BB is actually over-rated as a coach. He won 2 SBs with the Giants as an assistant coach. Have you seen the number of quality players AND quality of coaches during that time period? Have you seen his stats as a head coach for the Cleveland Browns? Fast forward to his time with the Patriots. He won 3 SBs with the Patriots. In hindsight, have you seen the quality of players and coaches that were with the team when they did win 3 SBs? Maybe BB was lucky to be in the right place at the right time, with the right coaches and players? Maybe his supporting cast made him look like the genius and not the other way around?
Again, ANYONE please explain how a team can be wildly successful and a failure at the same time?
Explain how ALL of our players can suck (except Brady of course) and yet we still make it to the playoffs every year?
First let's assume that when he became defensive coordinator/assistant head coach for the Pat's under Parcells and they chose a spate of defensive players that year (Milloy, Bruschi), that he had some input into those players because he most surely did.
Second before you or any of the others say Tom Brady is the only reason Belichick got lucky or backed into a lucky situation keep in mind that BB spent a 6th round pick on Brady, he didn't wait for Brady to go undrafted (which he very likely would have as a part time starter in college) but he used that pick. People take this lightly like "it was only a 6th round pick," yeah well he didn't wait for another team to snap him up, Belichick took him.
He also took Richard Seymour and Matt Light the following year with his first two picks. Deion Branch, Daniel Graham, Jarvis Green, David Givens the next year. Ty Warren, Eugene Wilson, Asante Samuel, Dan Koppen, Tully Banta Cain the next. Wilfork, Ben Watson, Marquise Hill the next. Mankins, Ellis Hobbs, Kaczur, James Sanders and Matt Cassel the next.... etc.
All together BB has had one bad draft; 2006. He fully admits that he went away from his formula for drafting and allowed third party to influence his decsions, which he has since shown regret for.
Until you guys can figure out the answers to the question above, all this complaining sounds like entitled, spoiled fan garbage... try to enjoy the ride instead.