I've been reading a lot this off-season about how Asante Samuel is a top 5 corner. I think that's silly. Top 10, maybe, but top 5? I'd take all of the following over Asante: Champ Bailey, Dre Bly, Chris McCalister, DeAngelo Hall, Ronde Barber, Lito Sheppard. More to the point, though... You have to bear in mind the talent of this staff in terms of "coaching up" players. Asante brings a lot of natural skill and determination to the position - he has DEFINITELY improved himself and deserves credit for that. But the guys coaching him and the scheme he plays in and the players around him also help. And I just find it hard to believe that guys like those listed above (and others) couldn't be as effective, or perhaps more so, than Asante, if they too were practicing/playing under the watchful eye of one Bill Belichick. It's part of why the Patriots draft so well. It's not just a keen eye for talent, especially as it pertains to their schemes and what they ask a player to do. It's also Bill Belichick as TEACHER and the coaches he surrounds himself with, and the processes/attitudes he instills in them. This staff is unbelievably talented at educating their players, at "coaching them up." And that is an added bonus to the level of production/performance that we get from personnel, and can be (and often is) an obscured downgrade for those players who head elsewhere to ply their trade.