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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Here is what Bill Belichick wants when scouting for offense

Bill Belichick

What are Bill Belichick’s secrets to success? Having Tom Brady as your quarterback for 20 years doesn’t hurt. But beyond that, the man knows how to run and build a team.

On Twitter Tuesday, NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah shared a document that highlighted Belichick’s fundamentals for offensive team-building. Jeremiah says he received the handout at a scout school. In reading it, you will see what Belichick’s offensive philosophy was back in 1991 (target the middle of the field and then work your way out). You will also see what he looks for at each position. One of the funny lines was Belichick saying you can have a dumb offensive lineman so long as they’re athletic.

Here’s the whole scouting guide:

Belichick’s advice for scouting tight ends was notable. He wasn’t looking for great blockers but wanted someone who could play a role in the offense and at least get in a defender’s way. He even said don’t let the blocking issue get in the way of selecting a great player.

At the time, Belichick’s belief for running an offense included the following four things:

1) run the ball
2) pick up the blitz
3) pick up third downs
4) score

We’re guessing that perspective has now changed with the league and Belichick believes the pass figures more prominently into a successful offense. Still, it’s awesome to see this and how well it holds up 30 years later.

If you enjoyed that, you will also enjoy Bill Parcells’ criteria for drafting a quarterback out of college.

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