I along with everyone else was in shock when I heard the news yesterday. We had just traded Jamie Collins, one of the best linebackers in the league for a box of stale Cracker Jacks and some chewing gum. The move obviously left Patriots fans scratching their head and wondering, What the hell is Bill Belichick thinking?
We have been down this road before. Are we still going to question this coaching genius after all he has done in New England? After all Belichick has delivered us 4 Super Bowl Championship teams and barely missed two more and 9 AFC Championship games in 15 season, 10 if you include 1996 as Defensive Coordinator. He was also the architect for the New York Giants defense in two other titles. I think that affords his decision making some leeway.
Let’s take a look at some moves in the past Belichick has made to see what the future may bring.
In 2001 only 4 games into the season Belichick deactivated the Patriots leading receiver Terry Glenn for the rest of the season due to off field problems. I have actually met 2 offensive lineman that played with Glenn at Ohio State and when I asked them about Terry Glenn they both said he was an asshole. If Bill had to bench him the entire season before releasing him that is confirmed. That season ended as Super Bowl XXXVI Champions and the legend of Tom Brady was born without the help of their star receiver.
In 2003 Lawyer Milloy was released only 4 days before the start of the season for not renegotiating his contract. This was one of our first major contract casualties under Belichick. It was certainly his first WTF moment. After getting shellacked by Buffalo in the first game of the season the Patriots went on to a 14-2 record and won Super Bowl XXXVIII
Who could ever forget in 2014 when Belichick traded away Logan Mankins. The sky was falling in New England. Things got worse after a 2-2 start and a trouncing by Kansas City. Doubts filled the air as Belichick had traded away the top offensive lineman. In the end I think things turned out alright as the Patriots would win the most spectacular Super Bowl ever that season.
If you don’t see the pattern developing by now maybe you never will. Jamie Collins was clearly a locker room problem. If you can’t do things the Patriots Way you get shipped to the bowels of the NFL. Time and time again The Hoodie has proved his point and the ultimate success always seems to follow. Have fun in Cleveland, Jamie.