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  1. I’m always fascinated with Belichick’s ability to build a roster that emphasizes scheme fit over elite talent. His ability to identify & exploit every players weakness. Peyton Manning recently said that Belichick “dismantles player weaknesses like tinker toys.” Manning has tried to quiz him about various great players he has faced. “What I came away with is that he’s not that impressed with anybody,” Manning says. “I remember telling my dad once, ‘I hope nobody ever asks Bill about me because I don’t want to hear what he says.’ “ Anyways, I just read this article and instead of blowing our load on “elite” talent, would rather we focus on dependable scheme fits. Below is the article I’m referencing: Bill Belichick explains the No. 1 secret to the Patriots' success in fascinating interview By Luke Kerr-Dineen | April 13, 2017 10:55 am Share on FacebookTweetShare on WhatsappShare by Email Bill Belichick is the undisputed master. The best coach in the history of the NFL. The evil genius of the league. No where else in sports is there a man so meticulously well-prepared, so flawless in his execution, and so adept in his innovation. There are so many interesting things to come out of CNBC’s latest interview, but the most fascinating was his repeated prioritization of “dependability” over “talent”. A selection from the interview: It’s interesting, because it marks such a departure than the norm in professional sports nowadays, which places such a premium on talent. Indeed, it seems to defy some of Belichik’s own past actions. This is the coach, after all, who signed Randy Moss, and who gave temperamental talents like Chad Johnson and Albert Haynesworth tryouts. But again, Belichick isn’t saying that talent is bad, or that he doesn’t want ultra-talented players — only a fool would say that. Of course you want to stack your team with as much talent as possible. What he’s saying is that when push comes to shove, if had to choose which quality is more important, he’d choose elite dependability over elite skill. Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports Suddenly, his gravitation towards unspectacular talents throughout his career makes sense. Guys like LeGarrette Blount, Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman — good-but-not-great talents that are extremely consistent — appeal because they can offer Belichick that baseline level of output he can take to the bank every week. It’s the same reason why he can squeeze out 10 wins out of a guy like Matt Cassel: He’s looking for cogs in the machine that won’t fail, the same way you would a car, because if he keeps the system running, that’s infinitely harder to beat than any one talent.”