Morning sports update: A former scout shared Bill Belichick’s 1991 notes on building an offense

Much of what Belichick said decades ago still rings true in how he builds his team.

Bill Belichick writing notes during the 2019 season. AP Photo/Charles Krupa

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Bill Belichick’s notes from 1991: Daniel Jeremiah, a former NFL scout who now works as an analyst for the NFL Network, shared a fascinating tweet on Tuesday. It was a flashback to Bill Belichick’s overview of what he wanted in his offense after being named head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 1991.


Aside from the insight it provides into Belichick’s history, much of what’s said remains a part of his current roster DNA.

In particular, his description of what he wants from a quarterback seems especially relevant:

#1 is to make good decisions — then arm, size, physically tough, leadership, guys look up to and have confidence in, a real competitor. Accurate rather than guy with a cannon. Emphasis on our game will be on decision, timing, accuracy — guy needs to be confident, intelligence is important but not as much so as field awareness & judgment. Can’t be sloppy fundamentally unsound guy with ball handling, [techniques] etc. Footwork, drops, release, etc. — QB has to be able to throw the ball with accuracy.

Here’s the tweet with Belichick’s entire approach on offense:

Trivia: In the last 25 years, six Major League Baseball players have hit multiple grand slams in the same game. Two of them played for the Red Sox. Can you name those two players?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: Both also played for the Cubs at some point in their careers, and both were members of the 2003 Red Sox.

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It’s hard living in the shadow, but I just try to be myself. I can’t control what you think. I can’t control what anybody else thinks or whose shadow I’m living in or why I got this job. I just try and go about my business. It’s hard to ignore sometimes. I think I’m just doing myself a disservice if I start thinking about that stuff. I just try and do my thing. I know that that’s going to be coming. It’s going to be coming my whole life. I can’t really run from it.

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