What is your view of Belichick the coach vs. Belichick the drafter/talent evaluator?
Stephen: As a coach, Belichick is second to none. His ability to implement a specific game plan each week is unquestionably effective and his best asset. While the defense hasn't played to the standards of the early dynasty days, that is due to a lack of talent rather than coaching in my opinion. Belichick still showed he can turn nothing into something when the Pats' young defense grew up last year and was very effective during the second half of the season.
As a talent evaluator, I think Belichick's resume is good, but not great. He had some great early drafts, selecting stars like Richard Seymour, Vince Wilfork and Asante Samuel and some really good players like Dan Koppen, Ty Warren, Matt Light. However, over the past four or five years, his moves have been questionable. He did pick up Pro Bowl players in Devin McCourty, Jerod Mayo and Brandon Meriweather, but he has had a number of high-round busts like Terrence Wheatley, Shawn Crable and Kevin O'Connell. Sometimes I think he can over-analyze and needs to be more flexible with his draft strategy, but when the team has double-digit victories every year, it's hard to complain.