In fact, Steve Belichick became the longest-serving assistant in Navy football history — holding the title of special teams coach and advance scout from 1956 through 1989, a tenure that spanned seven head coaches.
The Patriots, of course, likely would only be willing to jump that high, and thus pay that price, if they believe they found their quarterback of the future. But, as Dimitroff noted, the prices will be steep. For New England to acquire Atlanta’s No.
Will the Patriots be scared off? Well, NBC Sports Boston’s Phil Perry pointed out Wednesday that the lightest receiver New England ever drafted is Braxton Berrios, who weighed 184 pounds. So, Smith would be an unprecedented pick for the franchise.