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Bill Belichick not in mood to discuss Jimmy Garoppolo trade rumors 04.28.17 at 11:43 pm ET
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Bill Belichick wasn't in the mood to talk about Jimmy Garoppolo. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick wasn’t in the mood to talk about Jimmy Garoppolo. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — One of the biggest storylines with the Patriots in the 2017 NFL draft was whether or not they would trade Jimmy Garoppolo.

Despite reported multiple attempts by the Browns, the Patriots held on to their backup quarterback. Cleveland ultimately selected quarterback DeShone Kizer out of Notre Dame in the second round.

Speaking after selecting two players in the third round, Bill Belichick was asked about other team’s interest in Garoppolo.

The coach predictably wasn’t feeling it.

“I mean, I’m happy to talk about the guys we picked,” he said. “I’m not going to get into any of that. We’re going to go forward with the team that we have. We’ve added two players today. We’ll add some more tomorrow. However many it is, however it goes, and we’ll go out there and compete and put the best team we can on the field.”

So because of this, should we count on Garoppolo being on the roster in 2017?

“I’m not going to comment on anybody,” Belichick said. “Look, everybody that’s on the team is here to compete and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Even though Belichick wouldn’t admit it, it’s almost certain Garoppolo will be on the 2017 roster and potentially beyond.

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Mike Lombardi believes Patriots will not trade up, 1st pick will be No. 72 overall 04.27.17 at 2:35 pm ET
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Mike Lombardi predicts Bill Belichick will not trade up. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)

Mike Lombardi predicts Bill Belichick will not trade up. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)

If you expected the Patriots to trade up in the draft, maybe think again.

The Ringer’s Mike Lombardi knows the inner workings of the Patriots better than anyone in the media, as he worked under Bill Belichick for several years and still remains one of his close friends.

Speaking on the “GM Street” podcast, Lombardi said he believes the Patriots will not trade up and they will make their first selection in the third round at No. 72 overall because they already got their needs via free agency.

“Yeah, I definitely do [think their first pick will be No. 72],” Lombardi said. “I don’t think he is going to move. He has six picks. Look, when you look at their team — here is the other thing people don’t do — I tweeted this yesterday. For example, the Baltimore Ravens have 30 percent play time that they have to replace from last year’s team. So what does that mean? When you take all of the players that left, [they] take playing time with them, right? You cut [Elvis] Dumervil and he has X amount of play time, and you cut or lose this player, he has X play time. You have to replace that play time. Now, what teams do in free agency is they replace that play time with other guys. New England lost 20 percent of their play time with the seven guys they lost, but replaced it with these guys [in free agency]. You do that. Baltimore hasn’t done that. It has to come from guys already on their team or though the draft.”

Lombardi also gave some insight as to what the Patriots draft room looked like when he was in it during his time in New England.

“Bill takes information,” he said. “In Bill’s room, there’s not many people. It was me, Ernie Adams, Nick Caserio, Jon Robinson, Bob Quinn. There were about five or six people. Very small draft room.”

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Sunday 7: Why are Patriots spending so much time with projected 1st, 2nd-round picks? 04.23.17 at 6:00 am ET
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Bill Belichick and the Patriots have been connected to a number of projected high draft picks. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick and the Patriots have been connected to a number of projected high draft picks. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

1. Ever since the NFL combine, the Patriots have been connected to a number of top players in the NFL draft. Whether it’s been meetings at the combine, pro days, and even private visits, the Patriots have been around a number of potential first and second-round picks. This is noteworthy considering the team doesn’t have a selection until No. 72 overall. As we wrote about last week, this could be the team is planning on trading into the first or second round, most likely because of a trade of Malcolm Butler, but what if they don’t? There could be another reason for these connections — future knowledge. Look at two players the Patriots traded for this offseason — Brandin Cooks and Kony Ealy. While the Patriots didn’t draft them, their pre-draft meetings with them helped with the decision to trade for them years after they were drafted by other teams. “It’s a great resource,” director of player personnel Nick Caserio said at his pre-draft press conference last week. “We rely a lot on that information which is why even though the college process you may be going through and thinking ‘It’s not really integral to this particular player,’ well at some point it’s going to be when we build our database. We have a database of just about every player that’s in the league. So as soon as they go from college to pro all that information transfers over from the college system. So we have all the interviews, all the workouts, all of our grades, all of our background information that we have. So we kind of go back and say ‘OK, let’s look at that information. What did we say coming out? What was the information like?’” Perhaps, all these meetings are just for future knowledge and not this year’s draft. We’ll find out this week.

2. Speaking of Butler, it appears the Patriots are still making efforts to trade him. According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the Patriots and Saints are expected to continue exploring a deal, but might not be able to agree on compensation. This appears to be a case of the Patriots wanting more in return than the Saints are willing to give. The Saints have picks No. 11 and No. 32 (New England’s which they got for Cooks), which the Patriots are said to be after. One scenario is the Patriots want pick No. 32 and another pick(s), and the Saints just want to part ways with the one pick, or maybe don’t want to part ways with the first-round pick at all. It really is hard to predict what is going to happen considering all the chatter there was last month and now silence, but it would be a big surprise to see the Patriots not pick in the first or second round.

3. The biggest takeaway from Caserio’s pre-draft press conference was the Patriots only have 50-75 players on their draft board. “I’d say it varies year to year,” he said. “I would say our draft board is smaller than most. We are trying to find players that we feel comfortable with on all levels that we would actually draft; not that they aren’t going to get drafted. Look, 300 players or whatever it is are going to get drafted. It’s players that we would draft that actually we would feel comfortable with in our program in some capacity.” Some teams, like the Ravens for example, have said they have closer to 150. This is good insight when it comes to how the Patriots approach the draft. It shows they are very specific in what they want in their draft picks and know not every player is the right fit for their system.

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President Trump further details Bill Belichick’s letter to him prior to election 04.19.17 at 3:11 pm ET
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Bill Belichick wrote Donald Trump two letters. (J. Scott Applewhite/Pool Photo USA Today Network)

Bill Belichick wrote Donald Trump two letters. (J. Scott Applewhite/Pool Photo USA Today Network)

President Donald Trump welcomed over 30 members of the Patriots Super Bowl LI winning team and then a number of coaches and staff to the White House on Wednesday.

During the ceremony, Trump further explained Bill Belichick writing him a letter in which he read to a New Hampshire crowd the night before the election.

The president said Belichick actually wrote him a new letter which was even better than the first after he asked him if he could read it to the crowd.

“Whether you’re trying to win a Super Bowl or rebuild our country, as coach Belichick would say, ‘There are no days off,’” Trump said. “Just a quick story about the coach. I had won the primary and I am now in this rather heated election, that a few of you have read about. He wrote me this beautiful letter after the primary.

“Congratulations he said. All sorts of things that were really good. It was really a beautiful letter. It was very close to before the election and I called him up and I said, ‘Coach, do you mind if I read the letter tonight to a stadium full of people in a very, very big and important state?’ He said, ‘You know what? I would rather not have you do that. Could you send it back to me? I am going to give you another one.’ I said, ‘No that’s OK.’ ‘Nope, I want to give you another one.’ Now, immediately to me that means he’s going to tone it down because what he said was so nice. You know what he did? He toned it way up. It was much better. It was much better. He made that the greatest letter and I did very well in that state. Thank you, coach. He’s just a very special guy.”

Trump also referenced the big 25-point comeback in the Super Bowl where he made a joke about the media and pundits.

“When the pundits — boy they’re wrong a lot, aren’t they? — saying you couldn’t do it, the game was over … You pulled off the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time,” Trump said.

It’s worth noting Trump didn’t mention Tom Brady once during his remarks, as the quarterback was not there. He was back in Boston spending time with his family.

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Bill Belichick celebrates 65th birthday in Jupiter, Florida with girlfriend Linda Holliday 04.16.17 at 9:02 pm ET
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How did Bill Belichick celebrate his 65th birthday on Sunday?

Enjoying himself with girlfriend Linda Holliday in Jupiter, Florida on what looks to be a boat checking out a lighthouse.

With the draft just over a week away, and offseason program beginning Monday, this seems like Belichick’s last getaway, at least for a few weeks.

Here’s the post from Holliday’s Instagram.

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Bill Belichick to Urban Meyer: ‘At this point in my career, I want to coach guys I like’ 04.14.17 at 1:02 pm ET
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Bill Belichick had some interesting things to say to Urban Meyer. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick had some interesting things to say to Urban Meyer. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

With Bill Belichick about to turn 65 years old and being in the NFL since 1975, often times many wonder what keeps him going and why he still does what he does.

Over the years Belichick has needed to adapt to the landscape of the league changing and perhaps going out of his comfort zone with a few concepts, but in the end he does things that make him happy.

Thursday night Belichick appeared at the Ohio State coaches clinic hosted by Urban Meyer where he was the keynote speaker. When introducing him, Meyer passed along a thought Belichick shared with him which gave some insight on how Belichick has put together recent rosters.

“I’m always amazed how he takes these non-stars and makes them stars. He takes these players that you haven’t really heard much about and all of a sudden they’re making great plays in the biggest games of the year,” Meyer said, courtesy of Land of 10. “I started asking him about it and he made this point to me and I shared it with our team. He said, ‘At this point in my career, I want to coach guys I like. I want to coach guys I want to be around and that’s it.’ He said, ‘I’m not going to coach anybody else.’”

Added Meyer: “He surrounds himself with players who he likes to coach. That’s a life lesson for me when I go out and recruit now and when I talk to our players. I’m at a point in my career where it’s the same thing. I want to be around people I like to coach. That’s the selfless, tough individuals that will help your team win.”

Perhaps this gives some insight into why the Patriots traded Jamie Collins and Chandler Jones recently. Maybe Belichick just was tired of their attitudes. Typically, Belichick has always valued players who have been captains in college and while may not be the most skilled, get it done in other ways and are simply good guys to have on a team.

Now, it appears we know why.

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Bill Belichick explains why he doesn’t like social media 04.13.17 at 11:53 am ET
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Bill Belichick has never been a fan of social media. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick has never been a fan of social media. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

For years, Bill Belichick has expressed his dislike for social media, or InstantFace and MyFace as he refers to it as, but he’s never really gone into exactly why he doesn’t like it.

Speaking to CNBC’s Suzy Welch in a wide-ranging interview this week, the soon-to-be 65-year-old explained exactly why he isn’t a big fan of social media.

“Yeah, that would be putting it mildly,” Belichick said when asked about not being a fan of social media. “I think I do all that I can to fight it. We have rules that prohibit our players from posting things on InstantFace and all that. I think it’s important for us as a team to know each other, to know our teammates, to know our coaches, to interact with them more than it is to be liked by whoever on a chat room. We try to encourage the interaction and the personal contact and experiences and not really pay attention to what people are saying out there who we don’t even know.

“Look, I understand I’m not going to eliminate it. I don’t even care whether people go on it, or our players go on it or not. I care about it as it relates to our football team. And as much as I can eliminate it on our team, I’m going to try to stamp it out.”

Belichick said he sometimes holds team-building activities where he bans cell phones altogether.

“Off the field we do team-building things where we get to know each other,” he said. “We throw away the cell phones and just do things that we’re together as a team and that we’re experiencing together, whether it be going to a movie, or we play games, or do trivia or do something like that that just kind of brings everybody together. Have fun, and take all the outside distractions out of it.”

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