Re: Rusty, is this why you say Bedard has an Anti-BB agenda?
posted at 4/25/2013 12:38 PM EDT
In response to RidingWithTheKingII's comment:
In response to TripleOG's comment:
"Well, they went wrong in many different directions on Jackson. If you want all the details, I suggest you read War Room by Michael Holley. Basically, every scout and WR coach Brian Daboll (who is back now) hated Chad Jackson. Said he was lazy and not very bright. But Belichick completely overrode them in favor of Urban Meyer. And instead of drafting Greg Jennings, the Patriots traded up and made the worst pick of Belichick's tenure.
The constant theme is the Patriots have chosen athletic ability over football smarts. People like to rail against the Wonderlic, but, I'm sorry, it's not just a coincidence that the only star the Patriots have drafted at WR -- Deion Branch -- also scored the highest by far at the position (don't know Edelman's, but I'm guessing it was also high).
The Patriots look for two things first: ability to catch, and to gain separation. Sorry, but they need to change it to: catch, ability to process the game/smarts and then go from there. There is no point drafting a guy who is not going to do what Brady wants because he's not going to get on the field. EVER"
Sounds like he is just relaying info from a book you suggested a lot of folks read. I have yet to read it in full so I have to assume this is true and if so, I wonder what BB is gonna do this year and if he will consider others opinions. I have always said u have to be careful with reccomendations from friends cuz all coaches want their guy to go high to make their programs look good. So does this make him anti-bb and having an agenda by quoting from Holleys book and bringing attention to his MY way or high way drafting process?
I would have been one to be against the Jackson choice as well. When that pick happened, I thought it may have been a situation where they felt that the IQ factor didn't matter because they could work around it. Obviously, it does matter.
I read War Room. Not a big fan of it because it was very repetitive from Patriot Reign. But, that was an interesting nugget. I am sure that happens plenty where as the final decision maker BB chooses someone else over the scouts or others' choices. Clearly, it was a bad pick.
If you notice, I put a huge stamp on football IQ. It's the #1 metric for me for college prospects. I think it was Getzo who brought up KSU's Chris Harper. Highest Wonderlic score. I think it matters. Now, I am not saying ignore everything else, but Tavon Austins as a 7 on that test is not a fit here. Preferably, I'd be looking for 20 (approx) or above.
And no, that is not why I think Bedard is anti-BB. I noticed a change in his tone in writing about 4 months into his tenure here. It's pretty clear something happened where he didn't think he was getting enough from BB, possibly off a question he asked, etc.
Jeremy Ebert, while maybe never an NFL WR, is from Northwestern. Not a school you just walk into. Earl Bennett went to Vanderbilt. One reason why I think he'd be a great addition here if somehow they could get him.
Lastly, the biggest strength of Donald Jones is his football IQ. I don't think that is a coincidence and I wouldn't be shocked if he does a lot better here than people think.
ok, cool. Thanks for the honest, agenda-less response. That was real classy. I too am shocked that BB choose athleticm over smarts but we saw it with Ben Watson too. I think that just a time where he was thinking outside the box. I am confident he is on the right path in regards to finding a smart player that can fit, otherwise like Bedard sais, u are just wasting pics. I disagree with Bedards notions of def. going WR 1st round and possible double dipping. I thinking mostly defense with 5 picks.