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Bill Belichik on Schiano/Rutgers


Q: I do have a question for you. With all the guys from Rutgers, Nate Jones being the most recent, and your history with guys like Greg Schiano and Urban Meyer, are there certain things you can rely on when you get these guys here or is it just more confidence that they come from these program?


BB: No, I think Coach Schiano, I have a good relationship with him and anytime he’s told me anything, it’s always been 100 percent accurate. I think a player that he’s familiar with, I would definitely want to take the opportunity to get his opinion and see what he thinks because of his experience and the amount of respect I have for him. He does a great job with that program and the kids that come out of there that play in the NFL, usually end up playing in the NFL. A lot of colleges get guys drafted or signed or whatever. I’d say that program, most of those kids when they’re on a team, they end up making a team. I think that’s a credit to what he puts them through for four or five years there in terms of preparation for the National Football League, assuming they have enough talent to be competitive. He does a good job of that. Yeah, absolutely, I would talk to him, sure. What he said about Nate is what I’ve seen in two weeks.

Q: Do you actually keep track of that - the number of players that succeed coming from a certain coach or a certain school? Does that help you judge future players?


BB: That’s a good question. I think it’s something, it’s probably like a lot of things, you think about it and then you think about it a little bit more and then before you know it, it’s not coincidence anymore, it seems like there are enough numbers to back it up. With that program, and not everybody is Ray Rice, I’m not saying that, but they’ve had a lot of guys and being in the facility, most colleges you walk through and you see all the pro players are up on a board, their pictures, the team they’re with or whatever. You go down to Florida and there are like 2,000 players, it seems like. Every team has like 50 players that have played there over the last 10, 20 years, however long it is. In that case and some of those guys have had different lengths of careers, but I’m just saying when you walk through the Rutgers facility and they do that, you look at the names - there aren’t too many guys who have come out of there that have gotten cut. Once they get to a team, they usually end up sticking on a team. I guess it kind of just, one of those things you sort of notice and then you take a closer look at it and it’s pretty much what it is. Do we track it on every school? No, but I think we sort of have an awareness. There are a lot of guys again like BenJarvus [Green-Ellis], like Patrick Pass, like Randall Guy, like guys like that have come out of SEC schools that really have had not a lot of playing time or they were maybe one year starters or whatever it was and ended up being pretty good players in the National Football League. I think that’s something too. There are a lot of good players coming out of some of those programs, the Matt Cassels of the world that didn’t play much but were in a really good program where there was a lot of other competition. Maybe they were behind somebody or it just didn’t work out for them, but they have enough talent and given enough opportunity or a different situation, you get different results. I think there is something to be said for that too. Definitely tracking some of the undrafted players and the successes that some of those players have in this league and where they come from and kind of what are the circumstances around it, kind of like who is the next one?


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