Some tidbits from Holley's new book
- (via Peter King)
* Scouts were ticked off in 2006 that Belichick overrode their reports and
picked Laurence Maroney in the first round (apparently on the strong
advice of Josh McDaniels' brother Ben, one of the Maroney's college
coaches) and Chad Jackson in the second round -- even after receivers
coach Brian Daboll said he didn't want to coach Jackson.
* After the Boston Herald reported (incorrectly, as it turned out) that
the Patriots had taped a Rams practice before the 2002 Super Bowl,
Belichick went to his captains and asked if he should address the team
about it -- just before the Super Bowl they played against the Giants in
February 2008. The captains said no, so Belichick didn't talk to the team
* Defensive keystone Vince Wilfork didn't like the trade of Mike Vrabel to
Kansas City before the 2009 season. "That trade ticks me off. Right now.
Still. When I heard about it, I said, 'What the f--- is going on?' If you
want to talk about the Patriot Way, you start with Vrabel.' ''
* It wasn't just management that came to dislike free agent signee Adalius
Thomas. It was the players. Tedy Bruschi on Thomas: "He started to
question a lot of things in meeting. 'Why are we doing that?' 'Why don't
we just do this?' He stopped buying in on what the coaches thought. He
really did think he had all the answers, you know? And that's what he
turned into: the answer man. That's when I was on my way out and I was
glad to get out at that point.''
Rich Carreiro rlcarr@...