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Old 04-14-2014   #581
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Yep, no doubt the grouping of Crennel, Kollar and Vrabel is pretty damn exciting.

You'd have to think we will see marked improvement out of the front 7 which should, consequently, make the secondary's life easier.
I'm excited to see what the LB corps is going to look like this season. Can you imagine the beast Cush will be with Vrabel coaching him?? I bet we see a drastic improvement across the board. Especially Reed. I see him moving inside and tearing it up.
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That was fun to watch. Thanks for posting it!
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If Reed does finally make the move for good to inside linebacker, he feels confident under the supervision of Crennel and Mike Vrabel, the former All-Pro linebacker-turned-position coach.

They are pretty tremendous, Reed said of Crennel and Vrabel. They know a lot about the game. Not only that, they are great teachers of the game as well and they just want the players to learn and hold us responsible.
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Or for [QBs coach George "Goose"] Godsey, who will get to be his own man under O'Brien.

"I think it's important as a leader, as the head football coach, that everybody knows what you want," O'Brien said. "But I'm a firm believer in (hiring) these guys to coach, to let them coach. They each have their own style, their own way of communicating. I had a great experience coaching (Godsey). He'll go down in Georgia Tech history as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play there. It was fun to coach him because he was a really smart guy, and then when he got into coaching, we obviously kept in touch and formed even more of a friendship. He's doing a good job out there."

Having most previously worked together on Bill Belichick's staff at New England in 2011 - O'Brien was the quarterbacks coach and Godsey an offensive assistant - they first got to know each other well after Godsey became Tech's starting quarterback in 2001 with O'Brien serving as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. It proved a productive partnership. Over two seasons, Godsey won 17 of 25 starts, leading the team to back-to-back bowls, and threw for 41 touchdowns, achievements that gained him a place in Tech's sports hall of fame.

Further, O'Brien inspired an interest in coaching for him. Godsey calls his boss "a role model." The way he interacts with Savage on the Texans' practice field probably looks much like the way O'Brien interacted with him back in the day in Atlanta.

"When Billy was coaching me, he was very demanding," Godsey said. "And he's demanding of me as a coach. He knows what he wants, and he's straightforward about it. Neither of us is going to sugarcoat anything. We're going to be straightforward with the players and let them know what they need to be doing."
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I can see Vrabel being a great HC one day. I loved him as a player.
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Didn't OTAs start today? Why the radio silence from Kirby??
Do I have the dates wrong?
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Didn't OTAs start today? Why the radio silence from Kirby??
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Organized Team Activities(OTAs): May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13

Mandatory minicamp: June 17-19
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For some reason I thought they started this week.
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I hope Mike Vrabel's a great coach.

On a side note:

Anybody else reminded of John Madden's pronunciation of his name "Mike Grabel?"

Madden mispronounced his name all the time on the game telecasts.
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I know it's early and premature.... but I really do love this coaching staff already. Seems like total anti-kubiak/wade
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I know it's early and premature.... but I really do love this coaching staff already. Seems like total anti-kubiak/wade

Agree. A lot of teams tend to take on the personality of the head coach. That's what I'm looking forward to the most: a no-nonsense team that's all about collecting W's.
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Agree. A lot of teams tend to take on the personality of the head coach. That's what I'm looking forward to the most: a no-nonsense team that's all about collecting W's.
color me still worried...
disciples of Belichick, over all, have not faired well.
ESPN took a look at their history a while back...

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How has the Belichick tree done?

ESPN Stats & Information did a study this past week, and the conclusion is this: "They have struggled."

Basically three coaches have gone on to become NFL head coaches after working under Belichick: Crennel, Mangini and Josh McDaniels, whom the Browns are interviewing Saturday.

Crennel had one winning season in five as head coach (four with Cleveland, one with Kansas City). Mangini had also had one winning season in five. McDaniels started 6-0 in Denver but finished 2-8 for an 8-8 mark. He was 3-9 the next season before he was fired.

That is 12 full seasons as head coach for Belichick guys, with one 13-game season. There were two winning seasons, one at .500 and nine losing seasons.

Crennel had a .325 won-lost percentage in his five seasons as coach. He went 26-54 (plus 2-1 as an interim).

Mangini was 33-47. McDaniels finished 11-17.

Combined, they were 72-119, a won-lost percentage of .378.

Charlie Weis, of course, was the third guy in that end-of-Super Bowl hug with Crennel and Belichick in 2005. Crennel went to the Browns and Weis to Notre Dame, where he went 19-6 his first two seasons to garner a lucrative contract extension.

But his final three seasons with the Irish he was 16-21.

In 2012 and 2013 he coached Kansas to 1-11 and 3-9 records. His total won-lost as a head coach: 39-47.

The only member of the Belichick tree to go on and have a winning record was Bill O'Brien, who recently left Penn State for the Houston Texans.

In two years with the Nittany Lions, O'Brien was 15-9.

Add all the records as head coach, including Weis' and O'Brien's in college, and the members of the Belichick tree have gone 126-175 (.419).
Not trying to be a


but this data causes me to temper my enthusiasm. While O'Brien hasn't coached a single game in the NFL, at least he left the college ranks as a winner. So there's that...
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I know it's early and premature.... but I really do love this coaching staff already. Seems like total anti-kubiak/wade
Exactly, instead of hiring a friend of a friend, they...


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color me still worried...
disciples of Belichick, over all, have not faired well.

but this data causes me to temper my enthusiasm. While O'Brien hasn't coached a single game in the NFL, at least he left the college ranks as a winner. So there's that...
I look at that the same way I look at the, "He's Schaub 2.0" analysis. There may be a dozen reasons why this guy would remind you of that guy. But there is no reason to believe his career is going to turn out like whoever.

Right now, Savage may look like Schaub 2.0, but he also looks like Marino 2.0

Belichick's tree doesn't look so great right now. Crennel, Weis, McDaniels... that's three lessons for OB to learn from.
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Don't you just have a hunch with this guy? With how he responds to questions? He's impatient with stupid questions from the media, but you can see that he's quick enough to know that he needn't be an ass. His old boss is an ass to the media.

OB seems to "get it" on a basic, human, intellectual level.

Many of you guys know football coaches in your personal life. I'm sure you've noted that several of them are not all together bright. There seem to be many in that profession. It's not that uncommon.

But then there are those guys who seem to apply things like reason and logic at all times and so their words that come out of their mouths are a direct reflection of the order and process that exists inside of their own consciousness.

So the words that come out of OB's mouth would seem to represent that he possesses this same capacity. That gives me reason to believe that he might be pretty good at this.

I'm excited to see how it works out.
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I don`t care about the Belichick tree. Just because others didn`t work out has nothing to do with O`Brien working out. Its not like Belichick is poisoning them or something like that - they are all their own man, and there are several reasons why one or the other didn`t work out.

A new QB is always a gamble. I think a guy like Lovie Smith would`ve been a safer bet, but a guy like O`Brien is the more exciting pick. He has proven he can work in a pretty bad situation in Penn State, he has proven he can be a good college head coach. Does that mean anything now? Not much, but certainly a lot more than other Belichick guys failing so far.

So let`s see where this goes. I am cautiously optimistic (but Im also always an optimist).
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