Last month, Rotoworld’s Patrick Daugherty voted in Bill Belichick as the ‘Best Head Coach in the NFL’ for the 4th year in a row. On Monday, Belichick was voted the ‘Best GM in the NFL’ for again, the 4th year in a row. Daugherty had this to say about Belichick The GM:
“Bill Belichick has always had a right-hand man in the front office. Mike Lombardi. Scott Pioli. Thomas Dimitroff. Right now, it’s Nick Caserio, who has done so well he was allowed to pose in the GM photo at last month’s owners meeting. That’s lovely. What matters is Belichick, who has more Super Bowl titles than any general manager in NFL history if we assume the personnel buck has stopped with him since 2000. Belichick the coach will always get the accolades, but Belichick the talent evaluator has done a lot more than simply stumble into Tom Brady. Belichick’s record-breaking Super Bowl victory came 98 days after he traded Jamie Collins, arguably his most-talented defender. A stunning move anywhere else, it was routine in New England. Belichick couldn’t see Collins’ Patriots future so he dealt him. He still finished with the league’s No. 1 scoring defense, a fifth Lombardi and third-round draft pick. Belichick couldn’t be nostalgic or sentimental as a general manager even if he wanted to. Those feelings aren’t part of his emotional presets. That might leave you cold, but it keeps Belichick winning.”
It’s hard to disagree with that statement. So far in the off-season, Belichick has picked up one of the top CB’s in Gillmore, resigned Hightower, traded for Bradin Cooks, and Malcolm Butler is still currently a Patriot. The running back core improved with the signing of Burkhead and as reported today, the Patriots have offered RB Mike Gillislee a contract not to mention re-structuring Danny Amendola. The Super Bowl 51 champions have only gotten better. If you could win a trophy for off-season moves, Belichick’s ceremony would be Sunday at 5pm eastern standard time.