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New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, he of the three Super Bowl victories, talked about University of Iowa football players at his Friday press conference.
The Pats have rookie linebacker Jeff Tarpinian from Iowa. Their tight ends coach is former Iowa player Brian Ferentz. Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz was an assistant coach to Belichick with the Cleveland Browns.
The following is from Belichick's Friday press confab:
Q: You've said in the past that scouting one prospect has led you to other guys – I think that's how you said you found Wes Welker. Did looking at Pat Angerer lead you to finding Jeff Tarpinian?
BB: No, I think we did a pretty thorough, took a pretty thorough look at all the Iowa guys. Particularly this past year, they had three defensive linemen who are all playing in the league – [Karl] Klug and [Adrian] Clayborn and [Christian] Ballard. They had good linebackers, they had a good safety – [Tyler] Sash is with the Giants. We saw all of those guys, I don't think any of them were secrets. They've had good defensive players through the years. [Iowa Head Coach] Kirk [Ferentz] and I talk every year about general things about football. Of course, Brian [Ferentz], his son, is with us – he was there. There aren't too many years in Iowa we go by the board without, ‘Hey Brian, what do things look like at Iowa?' I think that's one of the schools that we have pretty good information on, relative to some other schools. I don't think I would really put Jeff in that category. I think Jeff was a guy that, there were a lot of good players on that defense and maybe he got overlooked a little bit, obviously he wasn't drafted. That was a pretty good defensive team – in the front, at linebacker and in the secondary and they're well coached, Coach [Norm] Parker does a good job there.