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Belichick is king, but his staff deserve credit

Rebuilding an organization takes time, and it takes an influx of talent. Maybe that's why teams like the Lions are having a hard time rebuilding what Matt Millen's regime destroyed. Sometimes the building starts with players, other times it starts with the guys scouting those players. Here's one more reason why the Patriots are a model franchise.

When the Lions fired president Matt Millen in September 2008, many wondered whether they should fire their scouts, too. The Lions' draft record had been horrible under Millen. They missed on top-10 picks like quarterback Joey Harrington and wide receivers Charles Rogers and Mike Williams, while also failing to find gems in the middle and late rounds. But Martin Mayhew, who was promoted from...

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