Head coach and personnel decision maker Bill Belichick defended the pick in a press conference afterwards and said, “I think you’re better off being early than late at that position.”
Albert Breer of the NFL Network is in lock step with the Patriots and Belichick trying to find Tom Brady’s heir apparent now than when it’ll be too late, and he provided historical examples to prove his point Tuesday morning on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show.
“The top six quarterbacks of the 1990s were Brett Favre, John Elway, Dan Marino, Steve Young, Jim Kelly and Troy Aikman. Of those six guys, clearly the best successor of them is Aaron Rodgers — here are the other five: Brian Griese, Jay Fiedler, Jeff Garcia, Todd Collins and Quincy Carter. Some of those teams still haven’t solved the quarterback problem "
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