Two weeks ago, the New England Patriots' influence in San Francisco was highlighted. Specifically, remarks from 49ers general manager Trent Baalke about Bill Belichick's roster-building philosophy was passed along via Dan Pompei of SportsonEarth.com.
Baalke was a scout with the Jets from 1998-2000 when Belichick was an assistant on the coaching staff.
This week, Greg A. Bedard of TheMMQB.com shares some leftovers from an interview with Baalke that has a bit more on Belichick.
"I think Coach Belichick’s one of the best coaches I’ve ever been around and probably one of the best coaches the game’s ever seen," Baalke tells Bedard. "He’s extremely thorough. He’s extremely disciplined in his approach. He’s simplistic and complex at the same time. Some people take the simple and make it complex. Bill takes the complex and makes it simple, and I think that when you’re able to do that and do that for your players, they can function better mentally and physically and that’s the goal. The goal is to reduce the amount of mental drag on your players so they can play the game fast. And finding players that can do that is an important quality that we all look for.”