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Another Belichick U grad weighs in

Posted by Albert Breer  January 27, 2010 08:11 AM

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So in a league that recycles coordinators like glass bottles, what's the idea in going against the tide and simply promoting position coaches?

Well, continuity's a plus, but only under the right circumstances.

"The first you need to do if you promote from within, you better have some longevity, and he’s had that," Schwartz said. "It’s hard to promote from within if you’re only there for a couple years. What Bill’s been able to do is get young guys, he’s been able to train them, give them a little bit more and more to do. And it’s just like scouting players, you gotta scout for your team when you’re promoting coaches.

"When you already know a guy, and he already knows you, and knows the way you do things, the way you want things done, it makes it an easier transition, he’s had great success doing that."

Are there still stumbling blocks toward O'Brien and Patricia getting those positions? Sure there are.

But both have clearly been fast-tracked to where they are, and history has shown that those guys are usually the ones who wind up being moved into spots that Belichick needs to trust most.
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