CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Jamie Collins trade pits the Belichick Way against the New Browns World Order.
Who’s your money on?
Bill Belichick didn’t think Collins was worth the money the linebacker wanted with free agency looming. According to former Belichick assistant Mike Lombardi, the team wasn’t happy with Collins’ freelancing either.
Collins on the second play of the game does whatever he wants and Bills gain 28 yards. Been happening all year. It was not going to continue
— michael lombardi (@mlombardifoxtv) October 31, 2016
You are either coaching it or allowing it to happen. Belichick decided he was not going to allow it to happen. Colllins talented but…
— michael lombardi (@mlombardifoxtv) October 31, 2016
From the Browns’ standpoint, the deal made sense because Collins instantly becomes their best defensive talent, and because cap money isn’t an issue.
They received a fifth-rounder in a deal with New England for Barkevious Mingo. They will either give New England a compensatory third or possibly a fourth-rounder for Collins, a much better player than Mingo.
So it makes sense.
Then again, keeping some of their own similarly-aged free agents like Mitchell Schwartz – instead of stripping the roster so bare of experienced, productive players — would’ve made sense, too.
• “He can freelance for me then,” Hue Jackson said of Collins.
Oh boy. Can you imagine Belichick ever saying that? This will be interesting to watch.
If you haven’t already stopped watching.
• Collins goes from a 7-1 team to a 0-8 team. From Tom Brady to who knows who’s next behind center.
From the possibility of a bye week trip to Vegas with some Patriots teammates to cramming for a mouthful of Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys offensive line Sunday at the lakefront.
Belichick isn’t always right when he sends good players packing. But he’s never hesitant.
• Terrelle Pryor‘s take on the Collins deal Monday: “We got better today.”
Now, the trick is to be able to say that some Sunday afternoon before the season ends.
• Draymond Green‘s interview with NBA.com’s David Aldridge revealed Green’s competitive side.
Aldridge mentioned how Larry Bird and Magic Johnson woke up each morning and checked out each other’s team, knowing a NBA Finals meeting between the Lakers and Celtics was quite possible.
Does Green’s eye wander toward the Cavs?
“I want to annihilate them,” Green said.
One groin shot at a time, he failed to add.
• And that was before he saw the Cavs troll the Warriors with a “3-1” lead sign at LeBron James‘ team Halloween costume party.
• But that “Ultimate Warrior” T-shirt LeBron showed up wearing after Game 7 last year? He still contends that was a coincidence.
• Texans owner Bob McNair tried to deflect criticism of quarterback Brock Osweiler by saying Osweiler, who played for the injured Peyton Manning in Denver last year, was still basically a “rookie.”
A rookie the Texans are paying $72 million to be better than, you know, a rookie.
• Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert, who played briefly with Cam Newton at Florida, had a message for the Carolina quarterback after hearing Newton complain about borderline hits that refs are not flagging as penalties.
“Ben (Roethlisberger) gets hit more than any quarterback in the league and he never complains,” Gilbert told reporters. “C’mon man, this is the game of football. If you’re out there and scared to take a shot don’t be out there.”
You can’t expect defensive players to empathize with quarterbacks they already believe get over-protected. But offensive linemen?
Fact is QBs are the lifeblood of the NFL. And any team that doesn’t have one is a tough watch.
Not that we would know anything about that here. But that’s what I’ve heard.
• “When he runs over people he’s going to stand up and celebrate,” Gilbert said of Newton, suggesting that invites a little extra from defenders when they get a shot at Newton.
Sounds about right. What goes around tends to come around as Johnny Manziel learned when NFL defenders started doing the “money sign” in his face.
• Before the Jets rallied in the second half to beat the Browns Saturday, Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath was done watching Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Who thinks we should see Bryce Petty start the 2nd half? I know I do. It hurts to say this, but we’re not goin anywhere with Fitzpatrick.
— Joe Namath (@RealJoeNamath) October 30, 2016
Fitzpatrick went 13-for-20 for 198 yards in the second half as the Jets outscored the Browns 24-8.
A week earlier Namath downplayed an injury to quarterback Geno Smith because he saw Smith leave the game and watch from the sidelines. The next day a MRI revealed Smith suffered a season-ending ACL tear.
Poor Hue Jackson. He has to make decisions on his own with no guidance.
Jets head coach Todd Bowles can follow Namath’s Twitter feed during games and know that doing the opposite is probably the way to go.
• Cubs vs. Indians Game 5 trounced the Eagles-Cowboys in the ratings Sunday night. The World Series drew a 15.3 overnight rating, compared to 11.6 for Philadelphia’s trip to Dallas.
And that despite the drama concerning whether Jerry Jones‘ son-in-law would clean the owner’s glasses again or file Jerry’s nails.
• The last team to rally from a 3-1 deficit was the 1985 Kansas City Royals during the !-70 series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
That World Series was famous for a couple of things: Umpire Don Denkinger‘s blown call at first base in the ninth inning of Game 6, a 2-1 Royals win. And St. Louis pitcher John Tudor‘s meltdown in Game 7, punctuated by the lefty cutting his hand while punching an electric fan in the dugout.
Putting a drone repair accident in perspective.
• The Royals went 91-71 during the season. The Cardinals went 101-61.
The Indians went 94-67. The Cubs finished 103-58.
So the best regular season team doesn’t always win.
But, of course, the Golden State Warriors knew that already.