What Bill Belichick is thinking right now.
Wow. What an amazing Super Bowl! It was definitely the most dramatic game I’ve had the pleasure of seeing across 20 years of watching this sport. Full disclosure: I’m a Pats fan. The first NFL game I ever watched was the Super Bowl between New England and Green Bay in 1997. A friend of mine who loved the sport finally convinced me to watch a game with him so I stayed up late to see what the fuss was about. I had no clue where Green bay or New England was, but my friend told me the Patriots were based in Boston. I’d been there so I picked them. He was a Dolphins fan so I’ve no idea why he didn’t persuade me to support the Packers. Either way, the decision was made and ever since then I’ve been a Pats fan.
Of course these days I’m a degenerate dynasty fan first and foremost so even though it was an amazing game, I’m now on to true off-season mode. You know who else is doing the same? Bill Belichick. He’s now solidified his place as the greatest coach in history, but he also knows that a competitive football team doesn’t build itself and he needs to know more than all the other coaches in the league. So I got to thinking: what can we dynasty fans learn from Bill?
Don’t let yourself get emotional.
Bill has showed time and time again that everyone is expendable and value comes above history. Players who had big roles but are ageing and not as good value as younger talent will be shown the door. Wes Welker, Darelle Revis, Adam Vinatieri, Mike Vrabel, Willie McGinest… If you’re not the best option, you’re gone.
What can we learn?
We’ve all got our favourite players who have scored well or we picked off the waiver wire or came up clutch in a title game. Don’t let that cloud your judgement, and move them on. The NFL is a young man’s game. Very, very few players stay productive as they age. This is not a game of personal relations. This is a game of maximising value and assets. Sometimes you’ve got to say goodbye so put on a happy face and starting adding in Larry Fitzgerald, Jordy Nelson, Ben Roethlisberger and JJ Watt as pieces in trade offers.