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I get it (I'm Not a Homer!).
the mystery of the Collins trade still remains unsolved. It is a mystery
so shocking that only Sherlock Holmes could figure it out. However, I did
learn one new thing. Teams can now trade their compensatory picks.
However, I was still right that they could not use compensatory picks in
this trade. So maybe both Schefter and Perry were both right in their
if I Sherlock Holmes this mess, I come to the conclusion that they are
both right. They traded Collins to Cleveland for the conditional Browns
Compensatory pick that they expect to get for Mack in the 3rd. The League
stepped in and said that they couldn't do that, because you cannot trade
picks that you do not own. Compensatory picks are awarded in March. Once
the picks are awarded, then you can now trade them. So
panic ensued. That's why the trade took two days to finalize, and why so
little information was given.
you also Sherlock Holmes what happened with Collins and the coaches the
only conclusion is that Collins had to be jettisoned immediately. So BB
went back to Cleveland and said, "Fine, just give us the 4th."
But the Browns finally figured out that that they had the upper hand, and
they said, "No. How about next years 4th?" BB was stuck. So he
said, "Fine, a 2018 4th for our malcontent ProBowling
what was all this nonsense about? It was about team. It was about
winning the Super Bowl. It was about maintaining discipline. Please note
that I am Sherlock Holmes-ing, and conclusions I draw are speculation and
not necessarily facts.
you cannot win a Super Bowl without maintaining discipline. Fact: you
cannot win a Super Bowl if you are having a player revolt. Fact: coaches
have to coach and players have to play. It seems that somewhere along the
way to signing his life changing free agent contract, Jamie Collins forgot
that. Now I'm not trying to paint him as the bad guy. He was under a lot
had been vastly underpaid as a 2nd Round Pick Superstar. He was under a
world of pressure to stay healthy, and produce at a Pro Bowl level.
That is a tightrope that has broken a lot of players. Yes, the season is
about winning the Super Bowl, but it still is a business for all of these
players. It is still about earning that life changing contract, as well as
winning. Malcolm Butler is now entering that same pressure filled limbo.
was overaged when he entered the NFL, just like Collins. So their chances
of getting that big contract are also limited. Fans want to call it a game
when they want it to be a game, and want to call it a business when it
suits them. However, it is always both for all players.
got caught up in the balance between team and business, and lost. The
pressure finally got to him this season. And don't kid yourself, it was a lot
of pressure. However, he cracked in the worst and dumbest way possible. He
started fighting the coaches. So he had to go. Having one player yelling
at coaches can signal handedly destroy a teams chance to win the Super
the player he thought he was, was Von Miller. Only Miller played through
his contract year, and helped his team win a Super Bowl. Collins might
have gotten a 100-Mil contract if he had done that. Instead, he let the
pressure get to him.
I'm not trying to bash him on the way out. I'm just trying to Sherlock
Holmes the whispers that I've heard. I'm Collins biggest fan. But, what he
really did was hurt himself. If he had just maintained focus and
discipline on his craft, and helped lead his defense to the Super Bowl, he
was set. But instead, he let the pressure get to him. What he did was
he reported yelled at Patricia in practice. That is the kind of move that
can destroy a defense. You cannot scream at the D-Coordinator and not
expect it to have a detrimental affect on the team. So if we Sherlock
Holmes this little bit, with some additional pieces info, it is not good.
I thought he was injured, like most Pats Fans I think assumed, when he was
inactive for the Cincy game. Hightower had just missed a game due to
this was the Cincy game, where Cyrus Jones was inactive for disciplinary
reasons (getting in a fight, and thrown out of a game). Justin Coleman was
inactive for his second straight game (for thoughts unknown). It seemed to
slip past unnoticed. However, he was not inactive due to injury. When a
player is, he will be listed as inactive with a body part, like (knee).
Collins was just listed as inactive. There was no body part next to his
name, like Jamie Collins (ear lob). I remember that striking me as odd at
the time, but then I put my Patriots binders on and ignored it.
it is telling. It is now obvious that Cyrus Jones was inactive for
disciplinary reasons, and so was Collins. There were whispers that he got
in a shouting match with Patricia during practice that week. So I'm
concluding that his inactive for the Cincinati game was for disciplinary
reasons, for disrespecting his coach and team discipline. You can also
conclude that he may have been freelancing.
there were rumors last week that he was screaming at Belichick the way he
screamed at Patricia, on the practice field. So you can argue that the
calls started last week, and ended in Cleveland Monday. You cannot disrespect
the HC in front of the entire Team, and stay on the team. He had to go.
But how much can you get for a guy that will only play half the season and
then is an unrestricted free agent? Apparently, not much.
you have the Bills game where he played just a tick over half the snaps.
When he usually plays almost every snap. His playing time was essentially
cut in half for that game, only two weeks after sitting out the Cincy
game. I can guarantee you that calls were made the day BB walked off the
practice field after being embarrassed by Collins in front of the Team.
But he probably couldn't get the price he wanted, a 1st or 2nd for
you have the 12-men in the jury box penalty on the goal line. I heard
whispers that Collins was suppose to come off the field, and didn't. Then
he stayed on the field again, as two players ran onto the field and two
ran off. Then BB had to call a timeout, and yelled "C-mon guys,
god-damn-it." But when they came back out, Collins was still on the
field. There were whispers he refused to come off. Then he got run over by
Gillislee for the TD. I don't know? But he was gone two days later.
he wasn't traded, he was dumped like a garbage bag out back. This was
clearly an "I need him out of town, now!" dumping. Now BB
simply said, "It's my professional judgment." But what he showed
in the move was the first quote, not the second. The double 12 men on the field
penalty was the final straw that forced him to except a wing and prayer
for his prized linebacker.
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