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Belichick didn't like Julio Jones draft-day deal

Posted on: November 13, 2011 11:59 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

When the Falcons decided to trade a pile of draft picks to the Browns for the rights to Julio Jones, there was reason to be skeptical, considering the bounty. But there was also reason to be optimistic if, as Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff thought, the Falcons were just one piece away from a team that was capable of going the distance.

Jones isn't necessarily guaranteed to be that piece, but he's shown flashes of being the prescription for what ails Atlanta's deep-threat problem. More interesting, though, is franchise-building savant Bill Belichick's reaction to the trade, before it happened, when Dimitroff called him to get his input on the deal.

"Thomas, I'm just telling you as a friend," Belichick told Dimitroff prior to the trade, per the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "I wouldn't do it."

Two things are important to recognize about Belichick's comment, which comes from Michael Holley's book about the coach. One, Belichick felt that Jonathan Baldwin, now a Chiefs wideout, was "just as good if not better." And two, hindsight is always 20/20.

None of that is to say that the deal worked for Atlanta. That still remains to be seen. In fact, their decision to jump up in the draft inherently hinges on their ability to make the playoffs.

What's interesting to me, how Atlanta and Cleveland fare aside, is what would have happened if Belichick, master of the draft-day manuevering, moved up to nab a top-tier prospect.

As I've noted over the past few weeks, the top seven picks in this recent draft are outstanding. Four of those players -- Von Miller, Patrick Peterson, Marcel Dareus and Aldon Smith -- would have an immediate impact on a terrible Patriots defense.

Belichick isn't a guy that jumps into the top 10 of the draft to pay heavily for a player with upside that doesn't equate to guaranteed. But is it possible he missed the economic trend of grabbing the best young players at a much more reasonable cost by virtue of sticking to his guns?

It absolutely is -- Belichick held five picks in the first three rounds of the 2011 draft. Trading up to grab an upper-tier selection would've been tough, but the Pats could've pulled it off. Guaranteeing that they landed a great player is a totally different ballgame of course, and it's hindsight to assume all the top picks from this year will succeed.

But exploiting the new rookie-wage scale is exactly the Moneyball-esque technique we've come to expect out of the Patriots and somehow, instead, New England's left wondering why Ras-I Dowling is on IR and the defense can't stop anyone.

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Comments

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Belichick didn't like Julio Jones draft-day deal

Yeah im a Jets fan thats why i have a picture of the Falcons. Belichump is the one that said Suck his D!ck. What are you a church boy or a Penn State fan?? Either way your butt probably hurts



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Belichick didn't like Julio Jones draft-day deal

Yeah im a Jets fan thats why i have a picture of the Falcons. Belichump is the one that said Suck his D!ck. What are you a church boy or a Penn State fan?? Either way your butt probably hurts



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Belichick didn't like Julio Jones draft-day deal

Yeah im a Jets fan thats why i have a picture of the Falcons. Belichump is the one that said Suck his D!ck. What are you a church boy or a Penn State fan?? Either way your butt probably hurts


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Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 1:46 pm
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Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Belichick didn't like Julio Jones draft-day deal

Booyeah said:

Belichick's teams did win Super Bowls earlier this decade, but history has shown that their "dynasty" is tainted.  Not only did they barely make it to each game and barely win each one, they have embarrased the NFL with their blatant cheating during the process.  Shame on the NFL for allowing it to go on for so long and shame on the Patriots for their Nixonian tactics.  The team forfeited a 1st round pick and they garnered the greatest NFL fines ever, but in actuality the punishment was far too light.  Bill has no right criticizing anyone for anything, for he created more baggage for the NFL than any one person in history.  The fact that he is still employable in the NFL is a huge black eye for the league.

Only Steelers fans make comments like these.

Your hateful words cry out in jealousy.

"Blatant cheating". I love that one.

Embarrased the NFL? REALLY?

You can't own up to the fact that the Steelers lost those playoff games to NE because NE was the better team. Just keep making excuses.

Stealing signals is legal. You don't need videotape to do it. Any teams can if they think there is value in it.

To insult a team with comments like these and trying to take them and their fan base down is just plain disgusting. You are a bad person and should be ashamed of yourself.




Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 1:27 pm
 

Belichick didn't like Julio Jones draft-day deal

At 7:00 on Sunday night, notorious98 said ...

The Pats may get back into this and may get to the playoffs, but what rational Pats' fan thinks that this team will win a playoff game?

Would you make this same statement at the end of last night's game?

That "bad" defense gave up only 14 points ... ON THE ROAD. They're also averaging only 21 points against in the last 3 games.

The highly praised Packers are giving up 18 points a game this season. Only 3 fewer than NE.

And the offense seems centered more on the tight ends than Welker.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Belichick didn't like Julio Jones draft-day deal

Belichick's teams did win Super Bowls earlier this decade, but history has shown that their "dynasty" is tainted.  Not only did they barely make it to each game and barely win each one, they have embarrased the NFL with their blatant cheating during the process.  Shame on the NFL for allowing it to go on for so long and shame on the Patriots for their Nixonian tactics.



I have to disagree on this.  Yea, they got caught..........but they got caught doing what every team in the NFL was doing.  It was so rampant that the NFL had to send out numerous memos to try and sway it.  It was so rampant, that teams were still getting caught after the Patriots got burned on it.

As much as I dislike the Pats, they still won by using tactics that every team was using. 




Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Belichick didn't like Julio Jones draft-day deal

Belichick has had some bad drafts, I think most honest Pats fans would agree.
To say he's a washout though as a GM is bs.
The injuries that have happened to this defense over the last three years have stiffeled the learning curve of the players and the ability to have any kind of consistancy on that side of the ball. No one can control injuries, it's part of the game. Only time will tell for this defense. Still seven regular season games left for them to become more consistant.
Right now there's plenty of no-names on the Pats defense & the only way any player gets recognition is to make plays.
The defense played good enough to SWEEP the Jets last night & that's all the Pats Nation cares about today. ;)



Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:26 am
 

Belichick didn't like Julio Jones draft-day deal

Julie Andrews is afraid of heights and would therefore never sing from the rooftops.   She would, however, sing from the troddened fields of Austria.  



Since: May 4, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:42 am
 

Belichick didn't like Julio Jones draft-day deal

Hey DIMPLED BALLS, that was bad taste in your remark about Belechick. You must be one of those sorry J-E-T-S Fans, Ahahahah


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