Belichick downplays possibility of deadline deal

AP

The trade deadline comes Tuesday, and a guy who typically doesn’t have much to say about anything said plenty on Monday about the topic of trades.

Ultimately, however, Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn’t really say anything.

“I think this is a lot different than at the end of preseason when you’re coming into the 53 cut time,” Belichick told reporters on Monday regarding the possibility of trades.  “You’re focused on your opening game, but you’re also focused on your roster and [so] is every other team.  There’s a lot of player movement at that time, as there is, I’d say through the first few weeks of the season on every team. Whether it’s practice squad or roster moves or trades or signings or however it turns out.”

Eight weeks later, things have changed.

“You’re less inclined to give away guys that you have at this time of year than maybe what you are at the beginning of the year when you can’t keep them all and that type of situation,” Belichick said.

But that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.

“If the opportunity is right and there are some conversations at this time of year about that, if the circumstances are such that a team does have depth or there’s another reason they think they can help their team by making a move then — I would just say those situations, those opportunities are a lot fewer than they were at the beginning of the year. It’s just a lot different than that,” Belichick said.

Still, the man who has made a few deadline deals in the past didn’t rule out the possibility of making one now.

“We’re focused on getting ready for Denver,” Belichick said.  “Nick Caserio and his staff on the personnel end of it, if something comes along and it’s something that we think would be worth considering, then we’d talk about it, but I wouldn’t say that there’s real heavy back and forth communication throughout the league on big trades.  I’d be surprised if that took place on any team.  It’s just not that common this time of year.  Could it happen?  Yeah, there could be a couple trades.  But it’s a lot different than what it is at the end of training camp.”

Belichick didn’t address the report that his team is looking for a running back, but that’s indeed the case.  It remains possible, even if it’s not likely, that the Patriots will bolster their depth chart in the next 26 hours as the season inevitably approaches the stretch run.

24 responses to “Belichick downplays possibility of deadline deal

  1. Bellichick is a great coach and all, there’s no denying that.

    But when it comes down to it…

    Mike Zimmer is the best coach in the NFL.

    Hands down.

  2. There are plenty of teams still in the hunt so maybe some trades can happen this year. My Dolphins could sure use a capable left guard.

  3. The Bucs should ship Doug Martin to the Pats for a mid round pick. The Bucs are a mess and we’ve seen from teams like the Rams and Vikings that it’s not worth keeping a decent running back on a team that’s not going anywhere soon.

  4. Who in their right mind would trade a mid-round pick for Doug Martin? He’s averaging 2.9 YPC this year and averaged 3.6 YPC last year, plus he’s about as frail as it gets (5 GP this year, 6 GP last year). You could probably find former college RBs that are currently bagging groceries that could achieve at least as much, if not more.

    The Bucs will be lucky to get a bag of footballs for him. The fact that there are so many rumors of teams interested in him just tells me they are leaking those rumors themselves and that no one is actually interested in him. It’s a nice try, but it’s not working.

  5. Waiting for them to start pushing the “Marshawn Lynch traded to New England” stories…

  6. It’s just playing it cool before making that must-trade deal that sends Brady to Houston for Andre Johnson, a first round pick, Dave Roberts, Doug Mientkiewicz, and all the lattes he can drink. The one that “just makes too much sense.” Or at least that’s what ESPN swears by.

  7. Billichicks first three seasons coaching: 6 – 10, 7 – , 7- 9

    Philbins first three seasons coaching: 7 – 9, 8 – 8, and see how this season goes. And according to patriot fans the afc east has the highest winning percentage over the last 10 years. Just saying

  8. Actually, Bill went to Mike Lombardi and asked him to break out all the scouting notes he has with Cleveland Browns helmets printed all over them and they recommended staying pat.

  9. “We’re focused on getting ready for Denver,” Belichick said.

    You couldn’t temp this guy to lose his focus with Halle Berry in a nightie.

    Me, I’d be telling Halle I don’t usually beg but I’m begging.

  10. If one took the time to read the article, they could see the wisdom of what he’s saying. That is most likely there will not be a lot of player movement at the deadline
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  11. Even if Belichick was about to do a blockbuster trade he wouldn’t breathe a word of it to the media until the papers had been signed.

  12. @jchipwood

    Fans in the entire world of sports would choose Philbin over Belichick to coach their football team.

    Only in your jealous mind.

  13. Hoodie is on (yet another) fishing expedition. Only problem is, you need bait for fishing……. Unless he is parting with Brady, Gronk or Wilfork, he doesn’t have anybody that any team could possibly want?
    Wellll, B class receivers, C class wideouts or F class O-linemen are available from them?!

  14. “Billichicks first three seasons coaching: 6 – 10, 7 – , 7- 9

    Philbins first three seasons coaching: 7 – 9, 8 – 8, and see how this season goes. And according to patriot fans the afc east has the highest winning percentage over the last 10 years. Just saying”
    —————

    Wow. By THOSE projections, Philbin’s next few years look like 12-4, 16-0, 16-0, 16-0, 16-0

  15. “It’s just playing it cool before making that must-trade deal that sends Brady to Houston for Andre Johnson, a first round pick, Dave Roberts, Doug Mientkiewicz, and all the lattes he can drink. The one that “just makes too much sense.” Or at least that’s what ESPN swears by.”
    ————-
    I could understand this. Andre Johnson is a Hall of Famer, we trade the first round pick for all of Tampa’s picks for the next three years (it’s classic Belichick and Tampa likes to be fleeced), Dave Roberts is your deep threat (everybody knew he was running and Posada couldn’t throw him out), Mentkiewicz will never fumble (the guy was a human vacuum cleaner), and Jimmy G. is QB for the next 14 years.

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