Bill Belicheat On Logan MankinsAugust 26th, 2014
Today, the Patriots of Bill Belicheat fame parted ways with All-Pro guard Logan Mankins. This has Patriots fans in an uproar, partially because they are paying attention to football now that the BlowSux are out of the pennant chase, and partially because they forgot to buy a six-pack of Sam Adams summer ale.
Belicheat opened up about the trade of Mankins to Tampa Bay, by way of Adam Schefter of the four-letter.
“Logan Mankins is everything we would ever want in a football player,” Belicheat said. “It is hard to imagine a better player at his position, a tougher competitor or a person to represent our program. He is one of the all-time great Patriots and the best guard I ever coached. Logan brought a quiet but unmistakable presence and leadership that will be impossible to duplicate. Unfortunately, this is the time of year when difficult decisions have to be made – and this is one of the most difficult we will ever make – but like every other decision it was made for what we feel is in the best interests of the team.”
Of course, cynics wonder why Belicheat traded Mankins if he thought artists should be chiseling his Canton bust already.
Regardless, the Bucs had a crying need for a guard. And rather than a complete and total panic move by bringing in sleazy Richie Incognito, the Bucs got a fantastic guard who may be the polar opposite of Incognito in the locker room.
As Lovie said today in his post-practice presser, it’s about winning now.