Posted on: August 14, 2011 12:36 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 12:37 pm

Real message would be: Can't play

It's absurd to think Patriots coach Bill Belichick would sign a player for the sole reason of cutting him to send a message to his team.

That's what one team executive told National Football Post's Dan Pompei. I've known Dan a long time and respect him as a football writer, but even he has to realize that Belichick makes moves for one reason and one reason only: How well do you play?

The implication that Belichick would cut Albert Haynesworth or Chad Ochocinco or both to send a message to his players is foolish.

 If Haynesworth or Ochocinco can help the team, they stay. If they can't, they go.

When Randy Moss was helping the Patriots, he stayed. When he wasn't, he went. His attitude problems weren't a big deal when he was stretching the field. When he stopped doing so, he was sent packing.

Belichick is beyond using gimmicks to send messages to his players. He's earned far more respect than that.

So if either of the veteran players is let go, it's not for anything other than football reasons.

Belichick, like all the other coaches in the league, would play an ax-murderer as long that man showed up, worked and contributed -- and stayed out of jail.

Last time I checked, Ochocinco and Haynesworth weren't one of those.

Category: NFL
Tags: Patriots
Posted on: February 21, 2008 6:01 pm

Spygate done?


The league's competition committee met in Indianapolis this week at the site of the league's scouting combine and came to this conclusion:

The league's handling of the New England Patriots' "Spygate" was proper and thorough.

Committee co-chair Rich McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons, said the issue is "yesterday's news." The committee was briefed on the specifics of why and how the league decided to destroy the "Spygate" tapes. The league fined Patriots coach Bill Belichick $500,000 and took away a first-round pick from the team after it was determined they illegally videotaped the New York Jets' defenisve signals.

"There was punishment given out and that was the end of it," McKay said.

But with Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter pushing forward to find out more about why the league destroyed the tapes and if there are more instances of spying, it really isn't over. But the committee is fine with the explaination it received from the league.

T"hat process was fair, detailed, efficient," Colts president Bill Polian said. " What was on the tapes was explained to us and what was in the notes was explained to us. The reason that that information was done away with was explained to us.From my perspective that was a thorough, fair, efficient process with lots of integrity."

If it's found out the Patriots taped the St. Louis Rams' walk-through before the Super Bowl XXXV, as one Boston newspaper reported they did, then there could be more consequences. But as it is now, it appears most in the league, including the competition committee, are ready for "Spygate" to go away.





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