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Awesome Bill Belichick quote is proof of what makes Patriots coach great

Awesome Bill Belichick quote is proof of what makes Patriots coach great

Bill Belichick earned his 300th win as an NFL head coach Sunday.

And there are just as many stories illustrating what makes the New England Patriots head coach so great at his job.

NBC Sports' Peter King shared a few great ones Monday in his "Football Morning In America" column, including this gem from "Sunday Night Football" color commentator Cris Collinsworth, who recalled a memorable interaction with Belichick during a pregame production meeting.

"One time I asked him about how well one of his defensive tackles was playing—the way he got his hands inside, the way he controlled his man—and then Bill went on a 30-minute deal about defensive tackles," Collinsworth told King. 

"Everything about the position. I was stunned about the level of minute detail he went into about defensive tackles. I said, 'You should write a book about defensive tackles.'

“He said, 'Cris, I could write a book about every position.' "

Anyone who's listened to a Belichick press conference can attest to Collinsworth's story. Belichick won't give you anything about player injuries or Tom Brady's future, but ask him about X's and O's at any position, and he'll go into incredible detail.

As Collinsworth added, though, what makes Belichick a true legend is his ability to convey his incredible wealth of knowledge to his players.

"Bill’s ability to develop talent is what separates him," Collinsworth added. "He knows he can develop and train younger players, or improve players on the back-end of their careers, which allows him to let high-priced players walk. That ability to control his salary cap allows him to build depth on his roster.

"When injuries are destroying other teams late in the year, he still has quality players coming off the bench for the playoffs and Super Bowl."

Case in point? The Patriots' latest Super Bowl MVP, Julian Edelman, was a seventh-round draft pick.

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Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Scratch that Danny Amendola-Patriots reunion.

Peter Schrager of the NFL Network reports the free-agent wide receiver is re-signing with the Detroit Lions, where he spent last season and had 62 catches for 678 yards. Former Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will enter his third season as Lions coach in 2020. 

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The 34-year-old left the Patriots after five seasons to sign with the Miami Dolphins in 2018 and may have burned a bridge or two with Bill Belichick. 

It had been speculated that perhaps bringing in a former reliable Tom Brady receiver might be part of a plan to lure Brady back to New England, with a report in late January that Amendola could come along to wherever Brady lands in free agency, but a Brady-Amendola reunion in Detroit isn't happening, either. 

Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

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Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

There's one big question that New England Patriots are facing this offseason. Who is going to be their starting quarterback in 2020?

For the past 20 seasons, the team hasn't really had questions at the position. It has always been Tom Brady's job. But with the 42-year-old set to hit free agency, the Patriots can't necessarily count on him returning unless they want to pay him what he's worth.

So, now the question for the Patriots becomes, what will life look like if Brady departs?

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On the latest episode of The Next Pats Podcast, which returns for its first episode of the 2020 offseason, Phil Perry is here to explore that question. And really what it all boils down to is what the Patriots are looking for in a potential successor.

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As Perry notes, it's likely to be one of two types of quarterback: The traditional pocket passer or a more mobile athlete in the mold of some of the recent success stories at the position.

Do the Patriots look for the next Brady? Uber-accurate, somebody who's going to sit in the pocket and absolutely dissect every little aspect of the defense that he is looking at. Or, do they go a different route? Do they go with an athlete? Do they get more mobile? Because talking to people this offseason, I'm getting a whiff -- I'm getting a scent that people believe the pocket passer might be dead.

Perry is joined by guests including Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo, Greg Cosell of ESPN and NFL Films, and NFL Network's Kurt Warner to answer questions about Brady's future and what his game has looked like in recent seasons.

For more thoughts about the Patriots offseason, check out the latest episode of the Next Pats Podcast, available as part of the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network.