Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Belichick -- The New Nostradamus?
I'm listening to ESPN Radio 1000 as I do mostly everyday at work and they just had a great "editorial promo" during one of the breaks. The subject was the New England Patriot's trade of linebacker Richard Seymour to the Oakland Raiders for a 2011 1st Round draft pick. What makes the trade so perculier is the fact that Seymour is only 29 years old and is coming off the best statistical season of his career.
Followers of sports, in particular NFL football, typically view Bill Belichick and the Patriots front office as being smarter than most. Therefore, if they're willing to make this trade, that must tell you that the Patriots know something about Seymour that the Raiders don't. It's similar to Billy Bean and the Oakland Athletics in baseball. If Billy is willing to part with a player, you'd be smart not to take the bait (Matt Holiday being the obvious exception. There's absolutely nothing wrong with Holiday if his robust numbers with the Cardinals are any indication. The Athletics weren't going to be able to re-sign him).
Belichick has a knack for picking young players that have the physical ability and character to buy into and thrive in his system, veterans that are so hungry for a championship that they are willing to sacrifice their individual ego for Belichickian group-think, and also the foresight to know when a player is on the downside of his career -- parting ways with them before they begin their inevitable desent down the backside of the Bell Curve.
Belichick is like Nostradamus in a sleeveless sweatshirt -- minus the apocryphal visions -- kind of.