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1976Pioli on player selection

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  • philw1776@aol.com
    Dec 1, 2002
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      Scott Pioli, vice president of player personnel for the Patriots, is younger (38) than the aforementioned mentors, but he has played the role of de facto GM for three years, under the direction of coach Bill Belichick:
      ''You have two ears and one mouth - use them accordingly. You will learn more by listening than talking. Trust your own core beliefs and core values. Don't compromise those. Put your system in place, and teach it to those who will work with you and under you. They will want to learn as well. You will have to show them maturity in your decisions. They will respect you if you give them respect.
      ''Your biggest job will be to bring in players who can win. Don't reach for someone who has character problems. He'll only cause you more problems down the line than he is worth. When bringing in a new player, you will have to judge not only how he will fit in on the field but in the locker room as well.
      ''Try to get smart players. Make intelligence a big part of what you do. It's a lot easier to work with a smart player. Don't bring in players that are high-maintenance. Find the guys that really love the game. That's one of the first things we try to find out here. Bill Belichick only wants players who love the game, whether they are free agents or draft choices. If they are playing for some other reason, we don't want them.''

      -philw (part of a {gag} fine article on leadership by McDonut in Sunday's Pravda)