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In football, you go where your initials take you


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Everyone in professional football goes where his initials take him. Call it fate. Call it destiny. Call it whatever you like, as long as you call it a fact.

 

To give an example, consider Tom Brady. His initials are TB. Brady squandered many years of his career in New England, a team which has nothing to do with the initials TB. But, always, Tampa Bay called to him. Tampa Bay's initials are TB. Eventually Brady listened to the clarion call, went to Tampa Bay, and won a Super Bowl. When Brady posted his retirement announcement, the photo he used was from a game in which Brady and the Buccaneers had beaten the New England Patriots. Clearly he liked the Bucs better than the Patriots because Tampa Bay has the right initials!

 

For another example take Brandon Beane (initials BB). Beane spent many years drifting aimlessly with the Carolina Panthers, a team which had nothing to do with his initials. Then he heard his true calling. The Buffalo Bills (initials BB) needed a new general manager. Would Beane like the job? One of Beane's first actions as Buffalo GM was to draft a QB who'd go on to achieve the highest QB rating in an NFL postseason, ever. All because he followed his initials.

 

This brings me to the subject of Bill Belichick, initials BB. There is only one team in the NFL with those initials, and it ain't the Patriots! Belichick spent years as the Giants' defensive coordinator, so that he could be in the same Super Bowl as the Bills. He spent five years as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, so that he could be on the shore of the same lake as Buffalo. He spent over two decades with the Patriots, and some time with the Jets, so he could be in the same division as Buffalo. But at some point he's going to realize that the initials BB mean he needs to be in Buffalo, not just hanging around near Buffalo.

 

What does Belichick's path to Buffalo look like? Robert Kraft becomes dissatisfied with the job Belichick is doing rebuilding the Patriots. He fires Belichick. Several teams offer him head coaching positions. But these are all "starting from scratch" type teams, and Belichick decides he's too old to deal with the headache. Meanwhile in this scenario Leslie Frazier has been granted a head coaching position, due to taking full credit for the improvements that the recently hired defensive strategist will hopefully bring. The Bills need a defensive coordinator, and Belichick needs a job. Pegula offers him a high salary, and Belichick gets to spend the last few years of his career doing a job he's very, very good at. The combination of a dynamic offense and greatly improved defensive coaching causes the Bills to win multiple Super Bowls.

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William’s initials are WB.  Everything else will probably happen.  

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8 hours ago, 4merper4mer said:

William’s initials are WB.  Everything else will probably happen.  


Well then . . . he just needs to fill out some paperwork to get his name officially changed from William to Bill. Problem solved! 😀

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11 hours ago, Arm of Harm said:

Everyone in professional football goes where his initials take him. Call it fate. Call it destiny. Call it whatever you like, as long as you call it a fact.

 

To give an example, consider Tom Brady. His initials are TB. Brady squandered many years of his career in New England, a team which has nothing to do with the initials TB. But, always, Tampa Bay called to him. Tampa Bay's initials are TB. Eventually Brady listened to the clarion call, went to Tampa Bay, and won a Super Bowl. When Brady posted his retirement announcement, the photo he used was from a game in which Brady and the Buccaneers had beaten the New England Patriots. Clearly he liked the Bucs better than the Patriots because Tampa Bay has the right initials!

 

For another example take Brandon Beane (initials BB). Beane spent many years drifting aimlessly with the Carolina Panthers, a team which had nothing to do with his initials. Then he heard his true calling. The Buffalo Bills (initials BB) needed a new general manager. Would Beane like the job? One of Beane's first actions as Buffalo GM was to draft a QB who'd go on to achieve the highest QB rating in an NFL postseason, ever. All because he followed his initials.

 

This brings me to the subject of Bill Belichick, initials BB. There is only one team in the NFL with those initials, and it ain't the Patriots! Belichick spent years as the Giants' defensive coordinator, so that he could be in the same Super Bowl as the Bills. He spent five years as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, so that he could be on the shore of the same lake as Buffalo. He spent over two decades with the Patriots, and some time with the Jets, so he could be in the same division as Buffalo. But at some point he's going to realize that the initials BB mean he needs to be in Buffalo, not just hanging around near Buffalo.

 

What does Belichick's path to Buffalo look like? Robert Kraft becomes dissatisfied with the job Belichick is doing rebuilding the Patriots. He fires Belichick. Several teams offer him head coaching positions. But these are all "starting from scratch" type teams, and Belichick decides he's too old to deal with the headache. Meanwhile in this scenario Leslie Frazier has been granted a head coaching position, due to taking full credit for the improvements that the recently hired defensive strategist will hopefully bring. The Bills need a defensive coordinator, and Belichick needs a job. Pegula offers him a high salary, and Belichick gets to spend the last few years of his career doing a job he's very, very good at. The combination of a dynamic offense and greatly improved defensive coaching causes the Bills to win multiple Super Bowls.

  That line of thinking never worked with Bill Parcells or Bill Walsh for that matter.  I don't think that Belichick's mental faculties stay sharp for much longer.  You have not said how McDermott fits into all of this.  I don't think that McD goes along with a hire that would immediately overshadow him.  Belichick is the kind of guy in the business world who has his resume run through the shredder immediately after it was received because nobody in the building wants the competition even if he would have been the best hire.  Checking BB's bio shows he is from Nashville, TN and I am thinking that Jughead AKA Vrabel is not going to get forever to advance to a SB.  Assuming BB is mentally sharp when Vrabel is shown the door and BB is available then the Titans would be his last stop.  No Bud Adams to deal with would be further enticement for BB.  

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7 hours ago, RochesterRob said:

  That line of thinking never worked with Bill Parcells or Bill Walsh for that matter.  I don't think that Belichick's mental faculties stay sharp for much longer.  You have not said how McDermott fits into all of this.  I don't think that McD goes along with a hire that would immediately overshadow him.  Belichick is the kind of guy in the business world who has his resume run through the shredder immediately after it was received because nobody in the building wants the competition even if he would have been the best hire.  Checking BB's bio shows he is from Nashville, TN and I am thinking that Jughead AKA Vrabel is not going to get forever to advance to a SB.  Assuming BB is mentally sharp when Vrabel is shown the door and BB is available then the Titans would be his last stop.  No Bud Adams to deal with would be further enticement for BB.  

 

In college Bill Parcells played linebacker. He was drafted in the 7th round by the Detroit Lions. He was released shortly thereafter, supposedly because he'd quit the team after a hot morning workout. But, the real reason he quit was because he'd realized that the Detroit Lions don't match his initials.

 

He then got into coaching. He's served as head coach and/or general manager for the following teams: New York Giants, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, and the Dallas Cowboys. Parcells was a drifter. A vagabond. A Gypsy. A guy who went from team to team, always looking for a team which matched his initials, but never finding what he was looking for.

 

Then there was Bill Walsh. After Walsh's final Super Bowl win, all the 49ers' players and coaches were celebrating. All the coaches, that is, but one. Walsh had gone to his office, closed the door, and wept. Did he weep because coaching had taken too much of a toll? Did the Lombardi trophy come at too high a price? Or, did he weep because his efforts had been wasted on a team which didn't even match his own initials? You be the judge.

 

How does McDermott fit into my plan for Bill Belichick to become the Bills' defensive coordinator? McDermott knows that Bill Belichick's initials are BB. He knows that the Buffalo Bills' initials are BB. When Belichick says he needs to be in Buffalo, McDermott will understand.

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I'm a little skeptical on the premises of this argument, though at the very least it presents a concept that most wouldn't have thought of.  I'll say this - Bill Belichick as the Bills HC would be an instant upgrade. 

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Whatever became of Jonathon Ogden?

 

Why didn't Neil O'Donnell sign with the Saints?

 

Frank Urmont said FU to the NFL after three seasons and became a Major League Baseball umpire

 

 

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