Though Bill Belichick attended high school in Annapolis, he isn’t scheduled to fly back into town for a reunion with friends and family for more than a week. Belichick’s New England Patriots will face the Ravens next Sunday night in a rematch of the AFC Championship game.
Belichick is notorious for trying to gain the upper hand after the famed “Spygate” incident, but he’s also taken many creative approaches that lie within the rulebook to gain the upper hand.
After not making the Ravens 53-man roster during training camp, safety Chyl Quarles was released by the Ravens and out of work; that was until he signed with the Patriots today and was added to their practice squad.
The undrafted rookie free agent from Wake Forest had a difficult standing out in the Ravens secondary, and was overshadowed by Omar Brown – who also didn’t make the team.
Quarles only had six tackles during the preseason, three of which came in final game in St. Louis after it may have been too late for him to squeak onto the roster.
Instead of keeping Quarles or Brown, the Ravens signed James Ihedigbo, who started 12 games for New England in 2011. John Harbaugh will hope to gain some additional information on the Pats from Ihedigbo ,and now it looks like Belichick may try to do the same with Quarles.
Things like this happen all the time and there is nothing unusual about it. It’s all but certain that Dean Pees didn’t tip his full hand when it comes to his defensive scheme. It’s possible that a whole new set of terminology is in place when they take the field next Sunday, compared to what Quarles saw in camp.
One thing is for sure – each coach does whatever they can to gain the advantage and the chances of Quarles having a job after September 23rd are slim. We’ll get a better feeling for the intent of the move following the game. If Quarles is still on the practice squad when the Patriots come to town, the guess here is that he won’t be for long afterwards.