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Personnel decisions spark Pats

Coach Bill Belichick has done a remarkable job this season, but the Patriots front office should not be overlooked.

Updated: November 22, 2003, 9:56 AM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

By shutting out his former boss, Bill Parcells, last Sunday, Bill Belichick continued to make a strong case as this season's NFL Coach of the Year.

Often, the award goes to a new coach who takes over a losing team and produces a winning record. Rarely does an existing coach who has a vast improvement from a 7-9 or 9-7 season merit enough consideration for the honor. Sure, Parcells and Marvin Lewis have done the best jobs among the new coaches. But how are Dick Vermeil, Tony Dungy, Jeff Fisher, ...

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