Bill Belichick has no shortage of shocking trades on his resume, but his latest comes at perhaps the strangest time of any of them. On Monday morning, the Patriots sent stud linebacker Jamie Collins to the Browns for a 2017 third-round pick. It’s an incredibly strange decision when you consider that the Pats are currently favorites to make it to the Super Bowl, and had they stuck with Collins and then let him depart as a free agent this season, they’d have received a third-round compensatory pick in 2018.
So here we go, cue the HOT TAKES!
Here are a bunch of actual headlines from articles and blog posts regarding the trade:
Okay so if this is all true, can someone PLEASE tell me who the hell it is that’s coming for the Patriots right now? It’s no one in the AFC East, that’s for damn sure. The Steelers gave them a good go of it even without Big Ben, but it wasn’t enough to convince me that they’d beat them in the playoffs. And as good as the Broncos are defensively, it’s a little hard to envision even a diminished Pats defense having a hard time against Trevor Siemian.
So who exactly is going to be the one to make the Patriots pay, even if this is a mistake? Who else is out there? We’ve already had two ties and we’re barely into Week 9. Belichick can afford to screw around with his team because no one scares him right now. Can you blame him?
Facts are facts. Results are results. Belichick has the resume and the rings to back up everything he does, whether you like it or not.
Sure, on the surface, it appears they dealt one of their best defensive players to get a third-round pick one year sooner. But, none of us can possibly know what the hell this mad genius is up to here. But before everyone goes accusing Belichick of being an egomaniac who is blinded by his own aura, there are some other things to consider here, the first of which is that he is – inarguably and unequivocally – the best head coach in the NFL right now and one of the best ever.
So as much as it may pain most of you to hear it, that has earned him the benefit of the doubt in these situations. It just has. You don’t have to like it. But when you’re done tripping on it, Belichick and his underwhelming defense will still be 7-1.
Additionally, not only did Belichick think he wouldn’t able to re-sign Collins and wasn’t going to franchise him, but apparently he wasn’t happy with what he was seeing from him on the field. Former Patriot employee, and Belichick confidante Michael Lombardi tweeted, quote:
“Collins on the second play of the game does whatever he wants and Bills gain 28 yards. Been happening all year. It was not going to continue.”
In other words, COLLINS WAS FREELANCING AND BUTCHERING THE SCHEME, AND THAT’S A VIOLATION OF THE HOOD’S NUMBER ONE RULE: DO YOUR JOB. SO THEY DIDN’T WANT TO PAY HIM, AND COLLINS REPORTEDLY WASN’T LISTENING TO THE COACHES. OF COURSE, THEY GOT RID OF HIM. BELICHICK HAS DONE IT TO MORE ACCOMPLISHED PLAYERS WHO WERE LESS OF A HEADACHE TO HIM. SO NO SURPRISE.
LOOK, The Patriots defense has a ways to go before they look ready to win a Super Bowl, especially with those pesky Broncos still lurking in Brady’s nightmares. But they have another 8 weeks to do it, and in Belichick time, that’s like three years. SO, give the hot takes a rest and give the old man the benefit of the doubt. He’s earned it. I’m not saying that breaking off Chandler Jones AND Jamie Collins isn’t a risk. It is. But what do you we say we see the Hood crap out for doing it before we crucify him. If that defense can’t get off the field and these moves do cost him another ring, have at it: wreck the hood. But until then, they are 7-1 and he does deserve the benefit of the doubt.