Don’t believe it? Bear with me for a second. Former Masconomet Regional baseball coach and current E-T guest columnist Pete Delani turned me onto this theory back in March of 2013.
First, Belichick is and always has been a trail-blazer. The entire league pounced on his hurry-up and his spread attacks. This guy is known to make defenses try to do things they’re not used to. So why not go back to get big and ground and pound.
Look at the subtle moves he made. He let a little back like Danny Woodhead leave and stacked his deck with bigger, more durable types in LeGarrette Blount, Stevan Ridley, Brandon Bolden and even Shane Vereen.
Somehow, he carried an injured Jake Ballard, a tight end known first for his blocking, over a season to try and get him in the lineup. He kept a career blocking tight end like Mike Hoomanawanui around. There was no overbidding for receivers, he waited and drafted them later.
And, of course, we got bigger with the Danny Amendola for Wes Welker free-agency exchange.
As far back as the 2013 draft, Belichick looked to bulk up.
Now remember, Super Bowl XLVIII is a bad-weather, outdoor Super Bowl.
Would you doubt this theory? Not with Bill Belichick pulling the strings.
Genius. Sheer genius.
SORRY ABOUT THE CONDENSED DRILL THIS WEEK
Deadlines simply didn’t set up for the “Two-Minute Drill” on Saturday night, so with this news being somewhat late, you are getting a streamlined version this week.
My apologies, but I poured out most of my thoughts this week on the defense Saturday night for Sunday’s column.