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Pretty good stuff.
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There are, to be sure, a lot of square pegs on the roster. And Belichick and his staff like to use this offseason time to carve out square holes.
The consummate hybrid linebacker, now working for the ultimate Inspector Gadget coach who all but created the position, Thomas was projected by most experts as an outside 'backer. And maybe he eventually will be. For now, though, he is doing things the Patriots' way -- soaking up as much information as possible, assimilating a dizzying volume of new schemes and lining up all over the place.
"Just from what I've seen so far of this team, that old deal about 'the more you can do' holds true," said Thomas, who signed with the Patriots after spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Baltimore Ravens. "They really value players here with some diversity. But what they value more than anything, it looks like, is doing stuff the right way because that's how you win in this league. Winning just doesn't happen. You've got to work at it."
Nice article. He does a very good job of capturing the "Patriot Way" of approaching the season.
Good article by Len. It's the time of year the Pats work flexibility and learning complementary (not necessarily where they'll play the most) positions into their scheme. This makes sense as once you caste the die, you can revisit periodically or during game prep throughout the regular season and have it be completely familiar to the players. This is why the Pats seem to be able to conform to the best attack geared for their particular opponent in a given week. The knowledge and flexibility are built in from the beginning.
If you want to do anything well, run a business, excel in your job, this is the blueprint to follow.
Bump --- great read.
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