The Texan trap
Page 10 of 25 -- -- Art, Saco, ME
A: In general, I think all teams want to do it the way the Patriots do. Other teams do spend a lot of time on finding good guys, people committed to football to play on their teams. It's not really unique to the Patriots. What happens is, scouts and GMs just fall in love with a players' talent. He may be fast, and strong and a great athlete. That seems to supercede the character issue. Parcells always thought that maybe he could take a great talent and make him become a good citizen. I think he and Belichick tried to do that with Lawrence Taylor. The edict of good citizens comes from Kraft, but Belichick has executed Krafts wishes very nicely. He's been able to find talented players, who he can make better with good coaching, who he knows work hard and will keep out of trouble.
Just a comment -- We really didn't need to read what a religious guy Ty Poole is -- he plays football for the Pats -- that all we need to know. I'm sick of hearing how good players are because they BELIEVE. Lets stick to the sports part of sports and keep religion private.
-- Jim, Arlington
A: Jim, I'm sure others share your sentiments. I think what you've outlined has been the prevailing opinion on this topic.
In the Globe's notebook articles, it's always mentioned which injured players practiced and who didn't practice. How do you know who does and does not practice since Belichick's practices are closed to the media?
-- Jerry Cohen, NY, NY
A: The media relations department is allowed to give out that information at the end of the day.
Not excited about it but can't help thinking, which current Pats do you think will be wearing Cowboy's jerseys next year? (Submitted prior to New England/Dallas game)
-- ES, NJ
A: We always think that way, but I doubt you'll see any of that.
In response to Tom Ryan's request for a Montreal Sports Bar, my suggestion would be "La Cage aux Sports". It is in the center of town, right off of St. Catherine, almost directly across from the Bell Centre (where the Canadiens Play). Big Sports game that shows all the games every week. Great wings and a variety of brews on draft. Believe it or not, there are a lot of Pats fans up there as well, it may be the proximity to Vermont. The address is:
La Cage aux Sports Restaurant
1212 de la Gaucheti're West,
-- Dave Ridley, Peabody, MA
A: Thanks, Dave.
Just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your work, covering my 2 favorite teams, the Sox & Pats. You really promote the personalities of the players. I thought it was great of you and the Globe to publish your recent piece on Tyrone Poole's faith. And your patience, gentleness, and perseverance in your responses to mailbag questions is inspiring. My question is a longer horizon one: how do you see the coaching turnover progressing over the next 5-10 years. What type of record does Bill Belichick need to maintain to stick around? How long before Romeo, Charlie, and Dante get new jobs? Finally, does Belichick make the impact of how the game is played, to the level of a Holmgren (Sherman, Mornhinweg, Gruden, Mariucci, Reid), a Halas (who begat George Allen, who begat Vermeil), a Steve Owen (who begat Howell, who begat Lombardi and Landry, who begat Reeves, who begat Shanahan), a Sid Gillman (who begat Al Davis and Chuck Noll, who begat Dungy), or a Paul Brown (who begat Ewbank and Collier and Bill Walsh and Dick LeBeau), with whom many coaches came from under Ewbank (Jeff Fisher, Seifert, Denny Green, Billick), and more from Bill Walsh (see Holmgren, above). Do you see a breakout of coaches from Belichick in the future?