Bill Belichick always has a plan.
Inside linebacker Donta Hightower, tackling Marcus Cannon, safety Patrick Chung, Brandon Bolden, fullback Danny Vitale and lineman Nazi Toran, all exited the 2020 NFL midst of coronovirus concerns, things began to get bleak for the Patriots season. done. . But a league executive who spoke with ESPN’s Adam Sheik on Tuesday is confident that Belichick will find a way to make the situation work in his team’s favor.
“Bill is masterminding this in some way,” source Told later via text message.
A growing list of NFL players has bowed out of the season – coincidentally MLB has related to the Marlins ‘coronovirus outbreak – though the trend has unequivocally hit the Patriots’ organization. According to CNN, New England opt-outs comprise one-third of all players joining the league.
“I do not know [what the reason is]! Therefore he is who he is! “Source added.
With no further details given, a possible explanation (which has been concluded on social media by many) is that Bellich mustered his team’s dwindling star power to find a successor to six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady. See as a biological way, which emanates through free agency. March, without deliberate tank.
The logical goal – not just for the Patriots – would be Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. But the Heisman frontman is expected to be a highly sought-after and No. 1 choice in the 2021 NFL Draft, with the team also having to end the season with a record in the CFC with a soft AFC East. On drafting him.
Deliberate defeat would usually be an anthem for the Stern head coach, and the “tank for Trevor” theory was rebuffed by current and former players alike.
“There is no way in the Hell Belich tank this year,” former Patriots cornerback Darius Butler Wrote on twitter on wednesday. “Whoever is saying that man has never been around!”
Chung Butler is quoted and quoted, “Whoever said that is dumb.”
Bellistic — Ian or not, the reality is that the calculus has moved significantly this offseason. Jilted Coach and de facto general manager have to recreate the descent they created in their 20-year run and Brady, which has a quarterback room that includes Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer.
The team was unable to chase high-ticket quarterbacks during free agency due to salary-cap limitations, and eventually signed Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP and former No. 1 overall pick, to a veteran minimum deal in June.
While healthy, the 31-year-old dual threat could give the Patriots offense a lot, but Lawrence offers a more attractive long-term solution.
Lawrence, 20, led the Tigers to a national championship in 2019 as a freshman and earned a bounty of awards to date, including USA Today 2017 High School Player of the Year, 2018 ACC Rookie of the Year, 2018 Cotton Includes Bowl MVP, 2018. CFP National Championship MVP, 2019 First Team All-ACC and 2019 Fiesta Bowl MVP.