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When it comes to scouting, Bill Belichick can be all about Benjamins

03.06.14 at 12:56 pm ET
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One of Bill Belichick‘s scouting tricks has apparently made the big screen.

According to this story from Newsday’s Neil Best, there’s a scene in the new film “Draft Day” where one scout talks about a trick that another team used to judge prospects — they tape a $100 bill inside a playbook, and then gives the playbook to a prospect. The idea is that the prospect who takes the time to read the playbook will notice the $100 bill, and make a note of it when talking with the team brass afterward.

Turns out, the Patriots coach is familiar with the move. Denis Leary — a friend of Belichick who plays the Browns coach in the movie — spoke with Belichick about how to properly play the role of NFL head coach, and showed him the script for the movie. In their conversations, Leary said Belichick brought up the $100 bill maneuver, and asked Leary, “Who the [expletive] came up with that $100 playbook thing?” Leary confessed that he didn’t know, to which Belichick said that it was something that he actually did when scouting.

The lesson? If you’re a prospect who takes a meeting with the Patriots during the pre-draft process, keep an eye out for $100 bills.

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