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Belichick most versatile Patriot of all

Posted by Albert Breer  August 14, 2010 06:02 PM

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Skimming the internet here in the press box with the Dolphins-Bucs preseason game getting set to start, I ran into this very interesting piece from Dan Pompei over at the National Football Post.

The idea, in essence, was to construct the perfect head football coach, and take the best qualities from different guys to do it.

Pompei cited Bill Belichick twice. He said he'd want Belichick's defensive acumen, and also the Patriots coach's ability to oversee the whole game. And he tossed in a quote he had left over from Belichick that I found particularly interesting.

"I kind of feel with my experience as a coach, I can go in an area and not feel lost,” Belichick said. "So if there is something that needs to be said, I can do that. Or I can tell a coach to say it or we can have a meeting and I can say it. I don’t feel out of my element."

I always think it's interesting to see different head coaches operate at practice. Some coaches stand in between practice fields and try to watch everything. Some are immersed in one side of the ball or the other. And some jump from drill to drill.

Belichick's generally been the "drill-to-drill" type, but this year, seems to be a little more with the defense (which makes sense, sans titled coordinator). No matter what he's doing, he seems to be very into the details (something I saw with Nick Saban, when I was at Alabama practices, too).

If you guys want to see for yourselves, there are only two chances to do so. Tomorrow's 2:30 p.m. workout is open to the public, as is Monday's 10 a.m. practice. From there, the Patriots pack up and go to Atlanta, and that's it for the open portion of camp.
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