Tony Dungy: Jets should learn from Patriots keeping things in house

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The Jets ruffled the feathers of perhaps their best young player this week when word got out that they had talked about trading safety Jamal Adams. Although Adams isn’t going anywhere, he’s now upset with the team for even considering trading him.

Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy said this morning on PFT Live that the Jets made a mistake — but not by discussing trading Adams. The mistake the Jets made was allowing Adams to catch wind of that.

“I don’t understand some of these teams,” Dungy said. “The Patriots, they’ve been on top for years and years. You’re never going to hear anything out of their organization about, ‘We took a phone call on this guy.’ Jamal Adams said, ‘They don’t take calls on Tom Brady.’ We don’t know that. They might take phone cals. They’ll never let you know if they do. That’s the issue more than anything. Not what they’re doing. . . . To me, that was the biggest mistake. Whoever let it out, we talked to this team, this team called us, you don’t have to go into that. That’s no one else’s business.”

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been tight-lipped about his plans for two decades, and his team has been the best in football for two decades. That’s not a coincidence.

43 responses to “Tony Dungy: Jets should learn from Patriots keeping things in house

  1. You ALWAYS keep things in house…family,business and personal information. Other people will most often put their own negative,disapproving spin on that information and I’ve found its MOST of the time!

  2. The Pats admitted during the Garoppolo trade talks the 49ers asked for Brady first, and it was dead on arrival. Brady didn’t throw a fit whrn that was released… Dude’s sawft

  3. Two of the Patriots’ greatest strengths (although they have many more): (1) They don’t air their dirty linen in public – never. Belichick is likely upset that even this much got out; and (2) they do not allow anything to distract them from their purpose.

  4. No. I disagree on this whole entire thing. Of course they do not take phone calls on Brady: not one single team in the NFL is going to ‘make a phone call’ on a franchise QB. No one is calling KC saying “we are interested in trading for Mahomes.”

    If this were a case where Joe Douglas said “don’t worry… we are absolutely not trading you” that’s one thing but I have to believe that Douglas told him that he’s not untouchable.

    Sorry… but Adams got way too sensitive on this one.

  5. Adams needs a reality check. His ego and his actual worth as a player seem out of whack.

  6. The problem is the other teams may blab.
    Suppose an anonymous Dallas exec tells a reporter they called the Jets about Jamal Adams.
    That gets printed and Jamal Adams gets worried.
    So the owning team staying quiet isn’t enough.
    All 32 teams have to be silent and that will never happen.

  7. The handful of shenanigans that has leaked out, it makes me wonder how much chicanery is still hidden.

  8. intrafinesse says:
    November 1, 2019 at 9:21 am
    The problem is the other teams may blab.
    Suppose an anonymous Dallas exec tells a reporter they called the Jets about Jamal Adams.
    That gets printed and Jamal Adams gets worried.
    So the owning team staying quiet isn’t enough.
    All 32 teams have to be silent and that will never happen.
    _________________

    When other teams deal with the Pats they know not to leak information or else they will incur Belichick’s wrath. Nobody wants that.

  9. steaksandwichandsteaksandwich says:
    November 1, 2019 at 9:16 am
    The Patriots always keep everything in house, except for Josh Gordon’s laziness
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    Anytime you hear a “rumor” out of the Patriots, you can be 100% sure it was intentionally leaked. Clearly, Belichick is trying to tamp down interest in Gordon. Maybe he’s hoping he’ll sit unsigned in case something happens and BB needs to bring him back later.

  10. What do you expect when you have millennials as head coaches/front office people? The social media generation can’t keep any secrets. Let me go tweet about this!

  11. Tony Dungy is saying something positive about the Patriots? Am I here on planet Earth or in an alternate reality this can’t be happening

  12. realitypolice says:
    November 1, 2019 at 9:54 am
    steaksandwichandsteaksandwich says:
    November 1, 2019 at 9:16 am
    The Patriots always keep everything in house, except for Josh Gordon’s laziness
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    Anytime you hear a “rumor” out of the Patriots, you can be 100% sure it was intentionally leaked. Clearly, Belichick is trying to tamp down interest in Gordon. Maybe he’s hoping he’ll sit unsigned in case something happens and BB needs to bring him back later.
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    The Pats could’ve kept him on IR until the off season and then let him walk. They would’ve received a comp pick for that. Why release him and hope nobody picks him up, so you can resign him? If he needed a wake-up call you just don’t have him dress on game day.

  13. The Jets will never learn anything, apparently. They’re so jealous of NE, they do everything the opposite of NE, while working with Goodell to try to undercut them.

  14. redclaw1314 says: “When other teams deal with the Pats they know not to leak information or else they will incur Belichick’s wrath. Nobody wants that.”
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    Right. Because Belichick is such a warm and fuzzy guy otherwise. May I remind you of what the score was against his former DC and current Dolphins HC Brian Flores?

  15. Such a NON-STORY.

    We don’t know if Patriots players never hear they’re on the trading block. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised Belichick tells the player personally, given he seems to be honest and straightforward with all his players.

    Belichick’s mentor, Parcells, would do that INTENTIONALLY sometimes just to motivate a player to get better.

  16. Haha they know this. It was prob the Pats who leaked. Obv another team did. Also… Bell= correct reaction. Adams= immature reaction

  17. That’s a pretty big jump for them to be like the Patriots, maybe start out trying to be more like any team but the Redskins and slowly work your way up the ladder

  18. lizzyisnoindian says:
    November 1, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Tony Dungy is saying something positive about the Patriots? Am I here on planet Earth or in an alternate reality this can’t be happening

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    I’m not a big fan of Dungy, but he does say good things about the Patriots sometimes, and Rodney Harrison respects him. I also remember Dungy saying that when his son committed suicide in 2005, one of the first condolence messages he received was a handwritten letter from Bill Belichick.

  19. I remember when a free agent tweeted he was flying to New England for a workout. Pats told him to turn around and go home.

  20. Dungy: “Jamal Adams said, ‘They don’t take calls on Tom Brady.’ We don’t know that. They might take phone calls.”

    Or maybe they don’t. Not sure what his angle is here, unless he’s making an obscure point about proving a negative.

    His whole line of reasoning is questionable at best.

  21. Patriots keep things in house so well that two posts down is the one that says sources say the Pats didn’t like Gordon’s work habits. So, actually, they don’t always keep it in house, do they…

  22. “I’m not a big fan of Dungy, but he does say good things about the Patriots sometimes, and Rodney Harrison respects him.”

    ==========

    Well if Rodney respects him, who am I to argue?

  23. “Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been tight-lipped about his plans for two decades, and his team has been the best in football for two decades. That’s not a coincidence.”

    Actually, it kind of is…they haven’t been the best in football for two decades BECAUSE they’ve been tight lipped. There are bad, tight-lipped teams out there, too.

  24. The Patriots did not become the dominant team they are simply by stitching their lips. They have good players, and that takes coaching, good drafting, salary cap management and good trades. If they have to pay Tom Brady 35 million dollars a year, they would not be a great team because there would not be much cap space left for other good players.

  25. The list of items that the Jets could learn from the Patriots approaches infinity. Instead they like to find ways to spin hard work and preparation into “cheating” to make themselves feel better.

  26. jonrando says:
    November 1, 2019 at 9:10 am

    The Pats admitted during the Garoppolo trade talks the 49ers asked for Brady first, and it was dead on arrival. Brady didn’t throw a fit whrn that was released…

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    Not true. John Lynch said in an interview that he asked about Brady before Garoppolo and the Patriots just laughed. The Patriots have said nothing about it.

  27. “There are bad, tight-lipped teams out there, too.”
    ===============

    Care to enlighten us, oh gifted one, as to maybe who just a single one of those might be?

  28. EZWriter says:
    November 1, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Patriots keep things in house so well that two posts down is the one that says sources say the Pats didn’t like Gordon’s work habits. So, actually, they don’t always keep it in house, do they…
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    That story is from “an anonymous source”, so it might be something NE said, or it might not. It definitely isn’t something Belichick said publicly, and I strongly doubt he said it at all. Why would he? And please do not tell me it is so they can resign Gordon again later. They already had him on a cheap deal, going through these machinations to get him even cheaper makes no sense.

  29. “Care to enlighten us, oh gifted one, as to maybe who just a single one of those might be?”

    How about the Falcons or Bears? The Bills are tight-lipped…they’re doing well at the moment, but that has little to do with being tight-lipped and a lot to do with a solid defense and historically easy schedule.

  30. Same with injuries too. Follow the rules, but don’t give anyone a shred of info you don’t have to. Players don’t talk. Belichick grabs every shed of competitive advantage. He can get. Why shouldn’t he? They try to only sign players that buy in. Which means they’re tough, smart and live to win

  31. From that quote, I sense Jamal seems to think he’s the equivalent of Brady in the Jets organization. LOL
    By the way, what are the odds NE signs Josh Gordon on 11/22, 3 weeks after being waived (by rule)? They have two games between now and then. Anything can happen, unless someone else picks up his $2 mil.

  32. They already had him on a cheap deal, going through these machinations to get him even cheaper makes no sense.
    ———————————
    I guess $2mil a year is “cheap” for a top receiver. But not for a guy suspended multiple times and didn’t make it through last season.

  33. BB keeps it quiet better than anyone. His ex wife didn’t even know he had a new girlfriend until she got served her papers. He’s the best.

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