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As of Friday, Lombardi to Pats wasn’t a done deal

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The release of the Ted Wells report on Friday morning bumped most other news items down the stack.  Here’s one I was getting ready to cobble together before the Wells report emerged.

Amid multiple reports that former Browns G.M. Michael Lombardi will join the Patriots, PFT learned as of Friday morning that it’s not a done deal.

And while it remains expected to become a done deal, the fact that news of the impending hire emerged in the media could be an impediment, given the extent to which Pats coach Bill Belichick despises the leakage of information to the media.  On multiple occasions in the past, Belichick and company have insisted on secrecy from players and agents who were in the process of being acquired or evaluated.  On multiple occasions, interest has come with a caveat — if word of the interest leaks, the interest will evaporate.

If/when the arrangement becomes official, Lombardi won’t be replacing or supplanting director of player personnel Nick Cesario.  The sense we’ve gotten is that Lombardi would be more of a special assistant to Belichick, who has had a close relationship with Lombardi for years.

Some have asked why Belichick didn’t previously hire Lombardi, given that he had been working in the media for several years but not offered a job by Belichick.  Regardless of the reason(s) why it didn’t happen before, hiring Lombardi at a time when he’s been spent a year immersed in the study of current and incoming NFL personnel makes him far more valuable than if he’d remained in the media, which necessarily entails a less thorough analysis and evaluation of players.

Basically, Lombardi will be carrying to a new team the product of a year spent preparing for 2014 free agency and the 2014 draft.

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21 Responses to “As of Friday, Lombardi to Pats wasn’t a done deal”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 15, 2014 8:31 PM

    If he goes from G.M. of the Browns to “special assistant” with the Pats it amounts to a promotion.

  2. jjb0811 says: Feb 15, 2014 8:32 PM

    So a guy that was dumped by then mad scientist Al Davis, was ragged by everyone being hired by the Browns, then fired by the Browns a year later will be BB’s secret weapon heading into the offseason? Brady made BB not the other way around.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 15, 2014 8:32 PM

    Maybe Cesario put the evil eye on the plot.

  4. TheWizard says: Feb 15, 2014 8:39 PM

    Good point. The hiring would make sense to me now.

  5. j0esixpack says: Feb 15, 2014 8:39 PM

    My feeling is that there’s a bit of camaraderie among guys like Parcells and Belichick and they like to support each other when they can.

    All are good balanced football minds who respect other like-minded individuals. Belichick could always ask Lombardi’s advice before while he was on the media payroll.

    But now Lombardi is out of work and Belichick – as Parcells did with Belichick himself – is happy to give a friend and colleague a landing spot when he’s in need, and where Belichick can benefit from tapping into Lombardi’s perspective.

    Obviously the leak came from Lombardi though – and who can blame him. He’s let go after just one year, and doesn’t mind letting the Browns and the rest of the world know how quickly he was scooped up. It’s pretty understandable.

  6. meatcarroll says: Feb 15, 2014 8:44 PM

    Lombardi to Seattle.

    The Lombardi Trophy, that is.

  7. blantoncollier says: Feb 15, 2014 8:48 PM

    If Bill doesn’t like leaks to the media, then he shouldn’t hire his old buddy Mikey.

    Between Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi are also well known as unidentified League sources.

  8. kwjsb says: Feb 15, 2014 8:49 PM

    Careful with Lombardi references ….. Florio loves him.

  9. TheWizard says: Feb 15, 2014 8:50 PM

    Brady made BB not the other way around

    They are both in the top percentile, all time, of their respective careers. Neither one “made” the other.

    That’s one of the reasons they win consistently.

  10. j0esixpack says: Feb 15, 2014 9:00 PM

    TheWizard says: They are both in the top percentile, all time, of their respective careers. Neither one “made” the other. That’s one of the reasons they win consistently.

    ————————

    That concept appears to be one that a great many of the fans around here have a tough time grasping.

  11. ballboy48 says: Feb 15, 2014 9:34 PM

    Lombardi is a joke! Sounds like Billy is just trying to do his buddy a favor.

  12. jjb0811 says: Feb 15, 2014 10:12 PM

    theWizard: guess you’re not too much into the NFL. In NE’s division reigns the Phins, Jets and Bills. Brady wins b/c he doesn’t have any competition.

  13. pacodawg says: Feb 15, 2014 10:16 PM

    Do u think there is a good ole boy network on the nfl?

  14. sasakisbucket says: Feb 15, 2014 10:46 PM

    Lombardi always passes his failures off onto others, the second he called Belichek he probably said “Bill, did you see what Joe Banner did here?”. He’s an overrated, shady stooge who only got another chance in a front office because he kissed Bill Simmons butt once a week and got his name back in people’s mouths.

  15. raiderapologist says: Feb 15, 2014 10:50 PM

    He’s not a real Lombardi, but his dog is pretty cool.

  16. brownsclown says: Feb 16, 2014 7:31 AM

    Lombardi is a very solid evaluator of talent who can make a substantial contribution to the Pats. His presence will make their FO stronger, their draft better and will strengthen their team morale. (This message sponsored and paid for by the Jets, Dolphins and Bills PAC (parity action committee).

  17. marima07 says: Feb 16, 2014 12:22 PM

    I love how Cleveland fans blame decades of losing and front office buffoonery on Lombardi, who was only there one year. Yeah, that makes all the sense in the world.

  18. mrfrostyj says: Feb 16, 2014 7:48 PM

    marima07 says: Feb 16, 2014 12:22 PM

    I love how Cleveland fans blame decades of losing and front office buffoonery on Lombardi, who was only there one year. Yeah, that makes all the sense in the world.
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    A decade?…you mean how long Mike Lombardi’s FIRST stint with Cleveland lasted? This was his second stint with the team. The first one if you don’t know ended with the team moving to Baltimore partially stemming from the number of free agent busts the previous owner had to pay that were picked by one MIKE LOMBARDI. It was basically the equivalent of the Detroit Lions getting a new owner who then brings back Matt Millen.

  19. marima07 says: Feb 16, 2014 9:53 PM

    So now you’re blaming the move to Baltimore on Lombardi? That is so delusional I can’t even answer it.

  20. wiseone50 says: Feb 17, 2014 10:48 AM

    Like ANY coach that wins, Belichick would be NOTHING without a great quarterback. Give him a QB that stinks and he would have nothing but losses. Maybe pull out an occasional upset or squeaker, but that’s about it.

    Coaches are way overrated. Any decent coach can win with a great QB and supporting cast.

  21. gimmeabruschi says: Feb 17, 2014 5:09 PM

    Belichick has gone to the post-season one time in 7 seasons as a head coach without Brady as his quarterback.

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