I 100% agree that Belichick never cares about the optics of anything, more about preservation of a long term asset. Maybe it comes down to the convenience of the quarter pole (4/17ths this year) when he typically changes gears a bit.
I agree with this reading of Belichick's probably philosophy.I think the first quarter of the season has been treated as an extended preseason since the last CBA and its limitations on contact have been in place. I also think Belichick would not want Mac starting against TB 12 in week 4...
Chiming in late about what a great post this is. I think this kind of constant nonsense pushback is at least a contributing factor to the embittering process that turns a Shaughnessy into a Shank. If everyone constantly accuses you of having a hidden agenda maybe it’s actually easier to have one.
+1, Theo was great and all but this fixation on certain guys was extremely detrimental to his $100 million player development machine. Perhaps Youk at 1st would have prolonged his prime also. And if IIRC Beltre wanted to stay after 2010.
Miami was sitting pretty at #12 after the trade with SF with a significant haul. They then immediately gave some of that back to Philly to get back up to #6. If they were now considering trading back out someone must be offering them a premium or they are incredibly indecisive. It is mind...
Great post, 2020 felt eerily similar to 2000. The scheme seemed pretty great but the execution, especially at crunch time, was often lacking. I still have flashbacks of Antonio Langham allowing interceptions to become TDs in the end zone.
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