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I am sure there will be others representing the team..I agree he has other things to get done..
Both Bob and Jonathan Kraft are on various committees.
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IMO, tHere's no business that can be conducted in a conference setting that can't be accomplished by telephone in 1/10th or 1/100th the time.
Yes and no. Conferences are where you exchange the deepest gossip, arrange those "chance" conversations, renew old relationships, etc. That said, it makes tons of sense that this draft year is different from years past, so you set your priorities accordingly. Not a really big deal.
Business is done at the meetings. Are we really so brainwashed as a fan base that we're going to ignore this? If Belichick doesn't want to go, that's on him, and I assume he has his well thought out reasons.
Post draft, I hope we read how Belichick skipped the league meetings in order to make his annual Florida scouting trip. And while there, he takes care of a little business with this Taylor fella at his home turf. Now THAT would be a worthy accomplishment...
"What we want to try to do is maximize each spot on the roster; we want to be stronger at No. 1 than the opponent, stronger at No. 25 than they are, and stronger at No. 53 than they are, we're always looking to upgrade the talent level on the team, and play together to be functional."
- Bill Belichick -
__________________ Ice_Ice_Brady writes:
The difference is that Brady calmly calls audibles while Manning flaps like a chicken, barks 11 code words, and makes sure every camera in the stadium has documented his once-in-a-generation (and patented, I believe) ability to see a defensive formation and change the play. Both have the same effect, but Manning transcends measurable human intellect while Brady merely chooses a different play.
I might be wrong but I think BB has missed this before and I think he isn't the first coach to miss it.
I would imagine a lot of work gets done at these meetings but I would bet most of the work is geared toward global NFL things and not individual team stuff but teams looking to make trades may use this time for that too. I would guess the Pats will plenty represented here including someone in the personell dept.
"We go down to New Orleans, and ain't anybody give us a chance? Nobody! And what did we say to them?"