Former Super Bowl Winner Shannon Sharpe Says Bill Belichick Got Away With Draft Blunders in the Past

Published 04/04/2021, 3:32 PM EDT


Bill Belichick has a big chip on his shoulder going into this season. After a disappointing showing last year, there are several question marks around his pedigree.

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Belichick’s first season without Tom Brady in his team ended with the Patriots missing the Playoffs for the first time since 2008. And now, Shannon Sharpe asks some questions over Belichick’s draft blunders.

Former Super Bowl winner Shannon Sharpe spoke about Bill Belichick on Undisputed. He believes that Bill Belichick has made several major mistakes in drafting players over the last few years.

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Those mistakes, if made by another Head Coach in the NFL, would have cost them their job. But Belichick’s pedigree and reputation protected him from that fate and not to mention the glory that came year after year, thanks to Tom Brady.

FOXBORO, MA – JANUARY 16: Tom Brady #12 and head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots shake hands at the start of the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

“You make a mistake, what do you do? Erase it out? A lot of people made the mistakes that he’s made without his cachet, they’re fired. You don’t draft two tight ends in the third round, trade up to get one, and then go and replace him in free agency.

“You don’t draft a receiver with your first-round pick two years ago and then go get two receivers and spend 30-40 million dollars to replace him.” 

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Sharpe added that Belichick’s name and legacy afford him more leeway to make these mistakes and not receive any criticism for them.

It was almost like he got to erase those mistakes out of existence. However, Sharpe did praise the New England Patriots’ recent acquisitions, noting that they were far better than their predecessors.

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“So because he’s so accomplished, he’s able to make mistakes and take that eraser and scribble out and write in the correct answer.

“I believe Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry are better tight ends than what they had. I believe the two receivers that they got, Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor are better than the receivers that they have on their roster.” 

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Can Bill Belichick redeem his draft mistakes from the past? The Patriots have made several strong signings during the off-season.

And they have the 11th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. The Patriots are targeting Justin Fields with that pick, but it is unlikely that the Buckeyes QB will fall out of the Top-10.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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