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Pioli's meeting with scouts - July 30th, 2005

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    For those who didn't catch Patriots All-Access last night, here's what Pioli said during a meeting with all the Patriots scouts for this years' draft:

    "Everyone in this room and outside of this room can identify the guys that are big, strong, and fast. We have to find the guys that truly play big, strong, and fast or function big strong, and fast, and have all the right makeup that we're looking for, alright?

    "When you guys are grading players, let's make sure when you call a guy a starter, a backup, or a back-end roster guy, that it's based on what our standards are. Again, we're not concerned about how the rest of the league is doing and how a guy ends up. There's players that end up starting in this league by default. Let's use our standards. Our standards are what they are (slams pen down on table). Just because a guy is starting at Notre Dame for 4 years doesn't mean he fits as a starter for us. Just because a guy comes in and he can start for another NFL team doesn't mean he is starting quality for us. Know what our starting level quality is. Let's not get that mixed up at all, alrighty?"


    There was also a subsequent interview with Mike Lynch:

    ML: "Speaking of the clock, take us inside the room. All I can think of is Jeopardy. Know how the clock is going [Lynch tries to replicate it]? It's going down from 15 minutes, you're in the 1st round right there, when you're on the clock, did you know you were going to take Maroney right away?"

    SP: "We knew who we were going to take. There were a couple of players we had talked about and felt confident in and wanted to take. What happens is when there's 15 minutes on the clock is people wonder "If you know who you're taking why don't you just take them?" Well, there's a lot of business that goes on in those 15 minutes-"

    ML: "Such as?"

    SP: "Such as you're getting calls from teams that want to move up into that spot because there's a player on the board they like quite a bit. Take, for instance, the 2nd round when we moved up into Green Bay's spot. Green Bay was sitting there using all their time on the clock. We called Green Bay as they're sitting there waiting even though they had a pick and they had an idea of who they were going to pick. We called Green Bay, they're on the clock, it's time to do additional business. So, you want to use that time wisely."

    ML: "With so many people on your staff, coaching, scouts, etc., it almost seems like there's a connection with every single college in the United States. Somebody's got somebody's brother in-law who's a graduate assistant or offensive line coach or other assistant."

    SP: [laughs] "We even have it with other teams in the NFL!"

    ML: "I know you do! [more laughter] Which almost makes it hard because there's so many of Bill's disciples spread around the league now who think a lot like you guys do. Does that make it tougher to find the guy that you want that fits into your system?"

    SP: "Well, being the fact that there's other teams looking for the same thing when you have relationships with people in other places, whether it be colleges or other NFL teams, it also presents opportunities that may not be there. You can look at it one way or the other. You can look at it as making things more difficult, or you could look at it as possible opportunities because you have relationships with people that you know and trust with other teams. Because there's teams we've done business with that even though we're in competition with those teams, you know you can trust the people on the other side."
     
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    Patriots Reign covered this as well
     
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    Thanks for the summary for those of outside the Boston TV market.
     
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    Great summary. I just wish someone had recorded it and could post it at another site for downloading. But short of that, threads like this really keep guys not in the Boston market, current on Pats news and notes. Thanks!
     
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    Thanks from Los Angeles for transcribing that!
     
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    Thank you from New Mexico as well.
     
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    I wonder if he fired the guy who scouted Starks?

    Just kidding.

    Your guys have done an incredible job. I can't stand the group think that dominates the draft. SP is wise to try and drive that nonsense as far away as possible.
     
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    Another Los Angelino thanks you. miDeuce - where are you in L.A.? I'm in Westwood/Beverly Hills.
     
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    Someone from RI who cannot get channel 5 thanks you as well...I am amazed to see how decisions are made in this organization, would love to see even more detail as to how the get from point a to point b. Last year read about how Ivan Fears was working out a RB from a NW school, this RB whose name escapes me, describes the workout as extremely intense as well as the questions that went along with it. Maybe it is my thirst for all things patriots, but love to find out about these methods that the Pats use.
     
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    Thanks from out here in Indiana as well....:)
     
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    And we're going to Calfornia, and New Mexico, and Rhode Island, and Virginia, and Indiana...then to Washington D.C. to take back the White House....YEEEEAHAHWKAHKA!!

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    Danke shoen mein herr...

    Hola! Mucho Gracias de la Phoenecia!

    (I'm practicing my Spanish since its our new official language by our new Socialista multiculturalistas!)
     
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    Thanks from The Texas. :)
     
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    La Brea and 3rd... Drop me an email at mike_dussault@hotmail.com. Always looking for fellow Pats fans out here. Used to go to Sonny's back in the day before you had to get there at 8am to get a seat....
     
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    Thanks from moved-from-West-Virginia-to-Pennsylvania-last-year!
     
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    I'd like to thank you from the former semiautonomous bantustan of Bophuthatswana.

    Okay, thanks from Virginia again. Dammit. They never believe that.

    PFnV
     
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    Just the way he comes across is great. He seems really smart and knows everything about his job 110%. Couldn't ask for a better person on our staff.
     

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