Former Pats Coach Explains Why Belichick Traded Pro Bowl Linebacker Jamie Collins
November 1 / Jake O'Donnell / SportsGrid
Bill Belichick's propensity for making shrewd, albeit unpopular moves reached critical mass on Monday, as New England traded arguably their best defensive player coming off a Pro Bowl season for a third-round pick. Many were left scratching their heads about the deal despite Belichick's impeccable track record of making these kinds of moves and having them work out in his favor.
The pervading wisdom for the Jamie Collins deal was that he was in the last year of his contract and the Pats had already come to the conclusion they could not afford him, so they sent him to the worst team in the league for what will inevitably be a valuable draft pick.
With Jamie Collins contract coming up, he was at one point asking for what one league source described as “Von Miller money." Von: 6-$114.5M
Appearing on WEEI's "Kirk & Callahan Show" Tuesday morning, Lombardi clarified his tweets during a contentious interview that no one saw coming (because Jamie Collins' effort/ability has never been questioned before).
“Sometimes freelancing is a problem," Lombardi said. "Effort is a problem.”
"When he wants to play, and he's really into it, he can be a really good player," he added, implying that Jamie Collins does whatever the hell he wants, thus forcing Belichick to ship him elsewhere.
Lombardi went on to say that Collins' relatively low career sack numbers indicate he wouldn't be worth the Von Miller contract that he'd presumably ask for this offseason, which would make sense if not for the fact that Collins isn't really an edge rusher (despite playing OLB) so it's hard to grade his pass rushing capacity on sacks alone. That being said, Lombardi's point about Collins taking plays off would explain why he's only managed 10.5 sacks over 58 games.
We'll update this post when audio of the radio interview becomes available, because it was a fierce and unprecedented assault on Collins' as a player -- and probably worth a listen if you're either an exuberant fan of the Cleveland Browns fan or a disgruntled fan of Patriots looking for answers.
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