Richie Incognito And The New England Patriots Are Perfect For Each Other
The Patriots have arguably the worst offensive line in the league and Richie Incognito was a Pro Bowl lineman, who has a history of anger issues, racism and bullying.
But when you're both the ugliest kid in the room, you settle. For Bill Belichick and Richie Incognito, it may be that simple.
The Patriots have a history of taking risks on divas like Chad Johnson. Incognito isn't a diva -- look at the guy. He's an absolute slob. Teams are steering clear of him because he's a cancer. The Pats have experience dealing with that, too. They picked up Adalius Thomas and Albert Haynesworth. Johnson, Thomas and Haynesworth were all failed experiments.
You might ask, If the Patriots have a history of taking risks on players, and that history shows it doesn't work, then why would they do it again? But that would also mean you know nothing about Bill Belichick. He's is the most stubborn head coach in football. If at first he doesn't succeed, he'll keep doing it again and again and again.
Above all, the Patriots offensive line is a gaping wound, a sponge, a sieve. As far as player responsibility goes for the ailing Patriots offense, the line is 85 percent of what's wrong with the Patriots' offense (10 percent of the blame goes to the wide receivers. Five percent goes to Tom Brady (Don't argue with this, it's science)). As far as the coaching and personnel blame goes, it's mostly on Belichick.
Four of the Patriots' five offensive linemen have gotten benched. All eight of the Patriots' lineman listed on the depth chart have seen field time. Against the Chiefs, none of them played a full 60 minutes in the same position. Belichick is subbing these players like it's still preseason and he has the luxury of trail by error. But that has resulted in Tom Brady flopping around the football field and fumbling the ball like it's covered in vaseline. And footballs are not covered in vaseline. They are covered with special leather that improves grip (again, science).
If you don't believe that a guard like Incognito can change the complexion of the Patriots offensive line, then look at what Logan Mankins has done in Tampa Bay. Incognito is close to the same caliber as Mankins, and he's made "a world of difference." Ya think?
Add in that the two players that the Patriots released, Ted Larsen and Rich Orhnberger are starters in Arizona and San Diego, respectively. Though, Orhnberger is now injured. In hindsight, the Mankins-trade and those two releases are puzzling.
Without a doubt, Incognito could help the Patriots on the football field. Off the football field, Incognito will behave. Belichick is a lion tamer. He would make it clear that Incognito's income and livelihood depends upon good behavior. Incognito would put on a good face and go through the motions of being a good person -- Aaron Hernandez did. Whether it's right or wrong, a reformed Incognito -- on a superficial level -- would probably suffice for Belichick.
The Patriots need to get a win, if they want to sign him. Boston media has gone Chicken Little, and an Incognito signing would only give them more evidence that the sky is falling. It would reek of desperation. So if the Patriots want to make a move that would cause a stir, they'll have to stabilize the franchise first.
Does Richie Incognito deserve a second chance? No. Is he a good person? No. He's got the vocabulary and imagination of 3rd grade bully. He's got no filter. In short, the guy is pure evil. But don't underestimate Bill Belichick. He'll do just about anything to win. They're a match made in hell.
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