This piece is dedicated to the hardest of hard-core conspiracy theorists.
If you dwell in a log cabin located in the middle of nowhere without the modern day "luxuries" of plumbing, electricity, and entertainment not made out of wood for fear of Corrupt Uncle Sam finding you and altering your DNA to transform you into one of us, please finish this article regardless of how many subconscious images this computer is stuffing into your brain.
It might actually make some sense to you guys.
Widespread reports had three different scenarios for the Matt Cassel transaction:
—A first and a third round selection
—The No. 12 pick in the draft
—A second round (No. 34) selection in the draft
Which of these three does not belong ?
The answer is obvious, but what goes on in Bill Belichick's mind is anything but.
New England fans have previously been left scratching their heads as a result of dozens of Bill's decisions:
How could you trade Drew Bledsoe to an AFC East rival? Oh, that's why.
How could you dismiss Lawyer Milloy, the heart and soul of the defense? No kidding, you just inked Rodney Harrison to replace him—atta boy, Bill.
You just gave the Miami Dolphins a second-round pick for a midget WR who had ONE decent year? Mea Culpa Bill, Mea Culpa.
The common theme in all of these transactions is: In Bill We Trust.
While dissecting this latest transaction, I cannot help but sense a foul odor.
Scott Pioli was hired as General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs on Jan. 13. Matt Cassel was franchised by the New England Patriots on Feb. 5. Matt Cassel was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 28.
Could there have been an under-the-table deal between Belichick and Pioli prior to Feb. 28? Absolutely.
While many will see the surface of these details and build their own case of conspiracy, let's attempt to scratch a little deeper.
By turning down the Denver Broncos' more lucrative offer, let's take a look at the ramifications through Kansas City's red-tinted glasses.
Mike Shanahan was replaced by a relatively inexperienced "rookie" coach, Josh McDaniels. His first major move in Denver was an attempt to rid himself of what the majority of residents of Colorado view as the next QB in line to bring the Lombardi Trophy back home, Jay Cutler.
It was no mistake that Belichick and Pioli made sure that Josh McDaniels' intentions were made public before they pulled the trigger on Cassel to KC.
Bill Belichick gains nothing by stirring up controversy in Denver between McDaniels and Cutler. Scott Pioli does. It has been proven time after time that Bill does not manipulate any situation that does not personally reward himself only.
It has also been proven by Belichick's mentor, Bill Parcells, that the measure of a legendary coach is whether you can successfully jump from one broken franchise to another after attaining glory from the team you single-handedly made into champions.
What more does Belichick have to prove in New England? Perhaps a better question is what does he stand to lose? Once you're on top, there's only one way to go.
Instead of a going-away gift for Scott Pioli, could there be more to the story? We already know Bill Belichick does not believe in the customary "two-week notice" (see Jan. 4, 2000, Bill's "acceptance speech" for the position of Head Coach of the NY Jets).
With Herm Edwards' Jan. 23 firing by none other than General Manager Pioli, I will be watching new head coach, Todd Haley, with a vested interest.
A 2009 championship season from the New England Patriots would factor less than a complete Kansas City flop in 2009 by Todd Haley.
Should any mixture of the two happen next season, it's not inconceivable that Pioli's wishes will come true and Bill Belichick will look to relinquish any doubt of his place amongst any other Head Coach to ever roam the sidelines.