|Sunday 7: Jimmy Garoppolo trade talk could heat up this week||02.26.17 at 6:00 am ET|
1. The last few weeks have featured a lot of hypotheticals when it comes to a potential trade of Jimmy Garoppolo, but this could be the week where interested teams actually emerge and there’s a better idea of who is truly interested. For the first time this offseason, the entire NFL will be in the same place at the NFL combine, which begins Wednesday. This is a place where often times the foundation of trades starts. The majority of front office personnel across the league will be in Indianapolis, so it would not be a surprise to learn of a team or two speaking with the Patriots on a potential trade for Garoppolo. Also, teams will get a chance to meet with the quarterbacks coming out in the draft and after meeting with them, some teams may come away realizing trading for Garoppolo may be the way to go instead of drafting one. While there almost certainly won’t be an actual trade this week, for the first time there might actually be some buzz in terms of teams speaking to the Patriots on what it might take to acquire the quarterback.
2. While many coaches and general mangers are scheduled to speak to the media at the NFL combine this week, no one from the Patriots is on the list. This isn’t out of the norm by any means, as it is very rare for Bill Belichick to step to a podium in Indianapolis. In year’s past, Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio has done an exclusive interview with Patriots.com. Most coaches and GM’s will speak on Wednesday. Some notables from a Patriots perspective are: new Bills coach Sean McDermott, Falcons coach Dan Quinn, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, Jets coach Todd Bowles and Jets GM Mike Maccagnan. Dolphins coach Adam Gase will speak on Thursday.
3. For those interested in watching the NFL combine on the NFL Network this week, here are the days each position will be on the field for drills (40-yard dash, throws by quarterbacks, catching passes by receivers, etc.) Friday: punters, kickers, long-snappers, offensive linemen and running backs; Saturday: quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends; Sunday: defensive linemen and linebackers; Monday: cornerbacks.
4. Want to know what Belichick was up to this weekend? The coach was in Maryland taking in some Johns Hopkins lacrosse. Belichick attended the team’s practice Friday before it took on North Carolina on Saturday. He’s very close with coach Blue Jays coach Dave Pietramala. Belichick and girlfriend Linda Holliday also had some BBQ while in the area at Mission BBQ where the coach seemed extremely relaxed and the most happy he’s been since winning Super Bowl LI.
|Skip Bayless: I don’t think Bill Belichick is a great coach||02.23.17 at 2:31 pm ET|
Skip Bayless is full of hot takes, and usually ones that are insane, but his take Thursday on FS1’s “Undisputed” with Shannon Sharpe may have outdid them all.
According to Bayless, Belichick isn’t a great coach.
Sharpe and Bayless were debating if Patriots owner Robert Kraft needed to choose between Tom Brady and Belichick, who would he choose?
“If I’m Bob Kraft, that’s a laughable question to me, because I’m picking the quarterback,” Bayless said. “If it’s just two years from now, and Tom says he can play three more, I am picking the quarterback. I’ll go find another coach.”
Sharpe challenged Bayless saying great coaches don’t grow on trees and that was when Bayless doubled down.
“I don’t think he’s a great coach,” Bayless said. “I think he’s a very good one. All I know is that in his first six years of head coaching, he had five losing seasons before Tom Brady fell out of the sky and into his lap. And by the way, in that year of 2001, with Bill Belichick as the head coach, he had fallen to 0-2 and I know various assistants on his staff were ready to put their house on the market because they all thought they were going to get fired after they went 5-11 the previous year … if he’s an all-time great coach, he would have been better than he was in Cleveland. Tom Brady saved his job and turned around his career.”
Normally, Bayless doesn’t deserve any attention, but this was so bad it needed to be shared.
|Bill Belichick appearing in court? It could happen during upcoming Aaron Hernandez trial||02.22.17 at 12:52 pm ET|
Everyone knows what Bill Belichick is like at press conferences, and now people may see what he’s like in a courtroom.
According to Bob McGovern of the Boston Herald, Belichick has been added to the list of potential defense witnesses who could testify during the upcoming double-homicide trial of Aaron Hernandez.
Other people on the list include Josh McDaniels and Maurkice Pouncey, an offensive lineman for the Steelers.
The trial is scheduled to start next Wednesday, but just because Belichick is on the list, it doesn’t mean he will need to appear — the defense team would have to call on him.
Hernandez is accused of killing Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a drive-by shooting on July 16, 2012.
The former NFL tight end was with the Patriots from 2010-12 before he was released immediately after he was connected to the murder of Odin Lloyd, which he is serving a life sentence for.
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|Visual evidence Bill Belichick has new boat ‘VII Rings’||02.20.17 at 5:00 pm ET|
Bill Belichick said the day after the Super Bowl he would change the name of his boat this offseason and it looks like he’s made good on his word.
Courtesy of Barstool Sports, a photo has surfaced of Belichick’s boat in Jupiter, Florida with the coach lounging on it and “VII Rings” engraved on the side.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 20, 2017
|Bill Belichick to narrate film called ‘D-Day: Over Normandy’||02.16.17 at 2:59 pm ET|
Not only will Malcolm Butler and Tom Brady be featured on the big screen, so will their coach Bill Belichick.
Belichick has agreed to narrate a one-hour film called, “D-Day: Over Normandy”.
According to a release, the film “is a unique production in that it relies primarily on only drone aerial shots of many of the important Allied objectives on June 6, 1944 as the liberation of western Europe got underway.”
“Growing up in Annapolis, Maryland, where my father coached football at the United States Naval Academy, I understand the importance of preserving the memory of those who served our nation during World War II,” Belichick said in the release. “Every day of my childhood, I was immersed in the tradition of the United States Navy. I was, and remain, inspired by their discipline, teamwork and courage, especially the sailors who fought on D-Day and in the Pacific theater, where the U.S. Pacific Fleet sacrificed so much for ultimate victory. The Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines made one heck of a team in World War II.”
The movie, which is produced by Rhode Island’s Tim Gray, is set to air on PBS stations around the country.
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|LeGarrette Blount talks about possibility of returning to Patriots for 2017 and beyond||02.10.17 at 12:53 pm ET|
LeGarrette Blount is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this spring, and while he sounds like a man who wants to return to Foxboro, the 30-year-old running back understands the reality of the situation.
“I don’t know what the future holds,” he told The Rich Eisen Show on Thursday. “That’s for them and my agent to discuss. I love being here. They know I love being here. This is one of the best organizations in the entire NFL and sports in general. I don’t know of anyone who wouldn’t want to be a part of this. If you hear anyone saying they wouldn’t want to be a part of this, I don’t think they’re telling the truth. You play this game to win, and all they do here is win football games and win championships.”
Blount, who finished the year with a career-high in carries, yards and touchdowns, also talked with Eisen about a number of other topics, including his decision not to take part in the White House celebration, his relationship with Tom Brady, and what makes it easy for him and others to play for Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
“There’s just a lot of honesty there,” he said. “Bill is really up front and honest with you. It’s a really team oriented and family place. A lot of guys who come there from somewhere else, they’re accepted with open arms. I got that same kind of acceptance. I know Aqib Talib got that same kind of acceptance; we both came in from Tampa. Michael Floyd got that same kind of acceptance when he got here. It goes on and on. They keep it real with you.”
For a clip of his conversation with Eisen, see below.
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Everyone views Bill Belichick as the coach who gives short answers to the media and is all business all the time.
But, in reality that isn’t the case.
Away from his press conferences and serious football business, the 64-year-old has a personality and is said to be fun to be around.
This was on display Thursday, the first day of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am where he was partnered with Ricky Barnes, whose dad was a punter for the Patriots in the 1970s.
“I always say, if you’d have had the four of us out there today, you’d have thought it was four normal guys who play their weekend game, that BS and all,” Barnes told reporters after the round. “You could tell there’s the ‘coach’ in him. He always wants someone else who it’s their profession to reassure him. So we [Barnes and his older brother and caddie, Andy] kind of help him out with the yardage and where to go, and he trusts the line.
“But no, it’s total 180 from what everybody sees on camera. Good guy’s guy, personable, and pretty much will answer any questions when we’re out there. Because we want to ask as many as he wants to ask us.”
Barnes and Belichick combined to shoot a two-under 69. The coach was reportedly a bit rusty as he just got in Wednesday night and hadn’t played golf since July, but did chip in with a few net pars. Not bad considering the long layoff and brutal rainy, windy conditions.
“All things considered, I think he was pretty good,” PGA Tour Pro and Andover native Rob Oppenheim, who was also in the group, said. “I think you’ll see him get better as the week goes along.”
After the round Belichick signed dozens of autographs, including signing a deflated football. He personalized every single one, asking each person for their first name.
Then when leaving the grounds, a reporter asked the coach to stop and talk about the round and that was where the side everyone sees in Belichick came out.
“No thanks, I’m good,” he said.
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