Bill Belichick probably doesn’t care whether you agree with the reasoning behind the New England Patriots’ surprising decision to trade Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns, or instead find the whole thing rather preposterous. But with that said, Skip Bayless and the “Undisputed” crew know one thing: Even the most successful coach in NFL history is open to criticism.
FOX Sports NFL insider and former Patriots front-office employee Michael Lombardi joined FS1 on Friday to talk Belichick, the Patriots, and much more. Skip shared his perspective:
“Yes, it is fair [to question Belichick], but I preface this by qualifying, or disqualifying myself. I’m a much bigger Brady fan than I am a Belichick fan, as Shannon (Sharpe) knows. We can talk for days about the whys or why nots of getting rid of Chandler Jones and Jamie Collins. Bottom line, all I know is that the two most-talented players on last year’s defense are now not on this year’s defense. Is that fair to say? And all I know for sure is that Jonathan Cooper, whom Bill got back from Arizona [in the Jones trade], did not work out. …”
Lombardi responded that in that trade, the Patriots also received the draft pick that became starting guard Joe Thuney, which Skip conceded. The larger point for Skip is that Belichick’s general coaching and decision-making stand to be called into question:
“But what I don’t get and what I cannot forgive Bill for — what I cannot fathom — is what happened last year in the final two regular-season games. I haven’t gotten over those, so maybe you can talk me through these. But against the Jets, remember, at the Jets last year, Tom Brady leads a 66-yard, 11-play drive … to tie the score at 20 with 1:55 left, which leads to overtime, during which — the coin goes up, Patriots win the coin toss, and Bill decides to defer.