Thursday, May 10, 2007
May 9, 2007
By Ryan Wilson
The Belichick coaching tree just sprouted another bud: the Patriots hired former player Don Davis, 34, as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. What does the New England assistant strength and conditioning coach do? Glad you asked:
Davis brings an interesting approach to the job. Just as the 49ers did during their glory days, he's been boxing with players such as Tom Brady and Matt Cassel to improve their hand speed, holding small pads like trainer Teddy Atlas.
For some reason, I have this visual of Brady and Cassel sporting Bike shorts, tube socks, and bare chests ... and pillow fighting. All while giggling uncontrollably.
Seriously, Davis must be a pretty smart guy -- Belichick doesn't seem like someone who suffers fools well -- and he's got to really love football. His playing career just ended, and instead of doing whatever it is most football players do in the years following their retirement (opening restaurants, appearing on "Dancing with the Stars," developing a drug habit), he jumped right into coaching.