Celluloid heroes | Boston Herald | Karen Guregian It has been previously documented on how Bill Belichick enjoys the scouting aspect of coaching, something he learned at a young age from his father. The emphasis on ability to study and break down film is one reason for the Pats adding all the players from Rutgers, and that quality presumably applies to the team's 19 undrafted free agents as well. “I learned that at Rutgers, and something I think Rutgers does a great job with,” said Jones, who lived with the McCourty twins on campus a few years back. “When coach Schiano was there, he did a great job instilling that in us, the game of football, a lot of it is mental. Coach (Kyle) Flood (who replaced Schiano when he left for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers) also instilled that in us, too. But I think that’s why Rutgers guys transition well into this league because that film study is a huge benefactor to being a good football player.” So, connecting the dots, the one prominent thread linking all the players is a film fetish. When McCourty was taken in the first round in 2009, one of the things Belichick noted about the defensive back was how impressive he was in the film room, breaking down and exploiting game tape. Belichick spoke in superlative terms. The only other time he’s singled out a player’s film room expertise was when he drafted Jerod Mayo, comparing the linebacker with Ray Lewis in that regard. On a completely separate topic, here is a BB factoid that I was not aware of: Quick-hit thoughts around NFL & Pats - New England Patriots Blog - espnBoston Random fact: In Bill Belichick’s 14 years as head coach, he’s employed a left-footed punter at the start of every season. It’s no coincidence, as I think it’s his preference based on the spin of the ball off a left-footed punter. Both Allen and Mesko are left-footed.