The Texan trap
Page 11 of 25 -- -- Timothy Tien, New York, NY
A: Belichick is probably around as long as he wants to be. I think the Krafts have a lot of faith in him. In time there will likely be offshoots from his coaching staff. Absolutely. Weiss and Crennel will likely be considered and there are also other guys behind them like Eric Mangini, who has done a great job with the DBs and Brian Daboll, who does a great job with receivers. Both of those guys have a chance to be coordinators in the not-to-distant future.
I don't have a question. I just wanted to say that was a nice article about Tyrone Poole you wrote. I really enjoyed it. I love reading something that shows the personal side of players.
-- Shawn Duggan
A: Thanks, Shawn.
Thanks for the column, Nick. You (or a letter writer) recently referred to NE fans as being unusually nasty to players who have moved on to other teams -- Bledsoe and Milloy being the two mentioned in that column. I offer a different perspective: I didn't start to like Drew until he went to Buffalo. I was never more depressed as a Pats fan than when he was signed for a second 7-year stint. I think Drew is at the very top of the mediocre pile. I don't deny he's picked up a load of yards during his career, but many were great catches rather than great tosses -- few that I remember anyway (and I'm almost 50, and take great pride in remembering anything) were taken by a receiver in stride, they usually had to adjust for a ball a few yards short of target. Commentators didn't refer to Drew as great until he showed tremendous class by keeping his disappointment over being replaced by Brady to himself. Then they all were describing him as a top QB. When Buffalo signed him I went to their website and chuckled at their enthusiasm. Just wait, I thought, until they get tired of his holding the call too long or throwing an interception at a game's key moment. Still, I hope the guy does well against everyone except NE. I watch their games and root for him -- but I also smile when he does badly, not because I'm glad to see it, but because I'm glad he's not in a Patriots uniform. I don't hate Milloy and like most others have conceded the point that Belichick saw the depth in his defense before the rest of us. That's why he's the coach. I was sorry to see him go and hope he excels in the years ahead. Finally, I frequently stuff the shells with meat as well as ricotta; and I also usually put mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses into the shells as well. At least as good as Lasagna and easier to snack. Thanks for the forum.