Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal
If anything, Belichick erred also in his estimation of how much Brady or Scarnecchia helped with the OL in previous years.
I can't agree with this statement. I don't think the OL was an intentional group on BB's part, certainly not out of some arrogance that Dante could coach up "anybody". He had a first round LT who got hurt, a center that developed blood clots right before the season started, and two veterans who retired in training camp. The worst you could say is he should have seen the retirees coming (maybe), but asking him to predict his LT and C being missing for most of the season is a bit harsh. And that's not even getting into Mason's potential injury. That OL wasn't a problem with Bill's arrogance, it was some horrible luck mixed with missing the signs on a couple of aging vets.