FalconsIn2012 Posted January 23, 2019 Share Posted January 23, 2019 (edited) This will likely get buried cause it’s long. But if you are a football junkie and have a few minutes, read these articles. I’m posting snipets of a fascinating article about Ernie Adams & Sean Harrington. These are trusted Belichick advisors and it got me wondering, who is our Ernie Adams? Do we employ genius from other fields to help us scout, draft & otherwise improve as an organization. Ernie Adams (right) is the Patriots’ director of football research and a close confidant of Bill Belichick. The Patriots’ man behind the curtain Is little-known Bill Belichick confidant Ernie Adams the secret to the Patriots’ success? ADVERTISEMENT By Dan Shaughnessy | Globe Staff PHOENIX — You can see the Ernie Hotline in the phone bank near the Patriots bench. Sometimes when Bill Belichick is prowling and scowling on the sideline, you get a glimpse of the wall of black phones behind the coach. Under an NFL-shielded Microsoft Surface blue awning, in the middle of the row of old-timey wall phones, there is one handset with a strip of red tape affixed to the receiver. Somebody with a black Sharpie has identified the man on the other end of this line. The five letters run from top to bottom of the handpiece. E R N I E JIM DAVIS/GLOBE STAFF A bank of phones behind the Patriots bench includes one with orange tape and "Ernie" written on it. Who is Ernie Adams? What does he do? These are the eternal questions surrounding the Mystery Man of the Patriots. Adams, who is officially listed as “football research director,” is the man behind the Patriots’ iron curtain. He is the man who has Belichick’s ear. He is a football genius, a statistical savant, the Rain Man of the NFL. In the words of late author David Halberstam, Adams is “Belichick’s Belichick.’’ The magic game plan that beat the unbeatable St. Louis Rams in the Patriots’ first Super Bowl win? Hiking the ball off your own goal post to win an unwinnable game in Denver? Skull-imploding substitution plays that paralyzed John Harbaugh in New England’s playoff win over Baltimore? Adams’s DNA is sprinkled over all Patriot strategy and trickeration. History and anecdotal evidence suggest that Adams would know a lot about the PSI of a pigskin. Adams is Belichick’s trusted football brother and confidant. He is like Robert Kennedy serving as attorney general for brother JFK in the New Frontier. He is **** Cheney, behind the scenes with George W. Who is the Patriots’ true decider? We’re never quite sure. When Adams worked with Belichick in Cleveland, Browns owner Art Modell famously said, “I’ll pay anyone here $10,000 if they can tell me what Ernie Adams does. I know he does something, and I know he works for me, and I know I pay him, but I’d love to know what it is.’’ No one on the Cleveland staff came forward with information for the reward. Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells, when asked about Adams this week, was hard-pressed to recall anything about Adams even though Adams worked with the Tuna for six seasons. “I can’t really tell you anything about him,’’ said Parcells. “I just don’t know the guy.’’ Informed that Adams was the New York Giants’ “director of pro personnel” in 1983 and ’84 — when Parcells was head coach of the team, Parcells said, “He was? I don’t remember that. I don’t remember him being on my staff. “If he was on my coaching staff, I don’t remember what he was doing. I don’t have Alzheimer’s. I have a pretty good memory, and I didn’t have any interaction with him.’’ It’s a pattern of Adams’s past. In the football world, Adams is tethered only to Belichick. So what about it, Bill? How much interaction do you have with Adams on game day? “Enough,’’ answered Belichick. “It varies.’’ “In a minute, we can get a lot communicated,’’ Adams told Northwestern magazine. “We don’t have to talk a lot.’’ He told the New York Times in 2004, “My responsibility is to do whatever I can think of to help us win. Part of it, I make up as I go along. Bill and I work together. If I think I can help us win, my job is to do it.’’ https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2015/01/29/mysterious-ernie-adams-patriots-man-behind-curtain/IrNCfgrysUphGpkcIjEaBL/amp.html Edited January 24, 2019 by Falconsin2012 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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