Was Bill Belicheat About To Cry?September 4th, 2014
The Bucs have All-Pro guard Logan Mankins. The Patriots don’t.
Joe was listening to Tom Brady and Bill Belicheat talk on Boston sports radio about the subject Tuesday, and Joe’s got fresh audio of Belicheat sighing and sounding like a man who just turned his faithful Labrador over to the Humane Society.
In typical Belicheat fashion — on his own weekly radio segment — the Patriots head coach refused to acknowledge that his longtime relationship with Bucs general manager Jason Licht had anything to do with the Mankins trade to Tampa Bay, and Belicheat wouldn’t share any details on how the trade evolved. (What a weanie!)
Belicheat was then tossed a softball question that teed him up to praise his current New England guards, but Belicheat wouldn’t go there. Instead, he lamented the loss of Makins and sighed.
WEEI-FM host: Can we look at the trade as not necessarily an indictment of Logan Mankins, but as more of an endorsement of some of his peers? Did you feel like you can make a deal for Logan Mankins and still have a good core at the guard position?
Bill Belicheat: Well, I think that’s really pretty independent of Logan’s situation. Logan and I talked about his situation multiple times. We tried to look at different options, but in the end we just weren’t able to work it out.
(The full exchange from Belicheat is in the audio below, 8:40 – 10:50.)
Pedestrian-bumping, olive oil-lapping, popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried-chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, circle-jerking, beer-chugging, cricket-watching, scone-loathing, college football-naïve, baseball box score-reading, NPR-listening, filthy-hotel-staying, fight-instigating, barista-training Peter King, of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports fame appeared on the station yesterday and talked about his 1-on-1 conversation with Mankins after the trade. King painted a picture of a man who didn’t want to leave New England but also wouldn’t cave in to Belicheat’s demands to cut his pay. Per King, Mankins’ agent knew the Patriots would find a trade partner willing to take on Mankins’ salary.
Joe wonders whether it was Licht who quietly advised Mankins’ agent to sit tight and not negotiate with Belicheat because the Bucs would pull the trigger on a trade.