It broke yesterday that the Patriots two big-name offseason acquisitions, Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth, may be cut before the start of the season.
I imagine that many anti-Patriots fans had their "I told you so" faces on as they read that headline, while I'm sure most Patriots fans are scrambling to figure out what coach Bill Belichick is doing this time.
The New England Patriots have developed the reputation of being a very tight run ship. The players only say what coach Belichick wants them to say and if you've ever heard a coach Belichick press conference, then you would know that it is next to nothing.
The organization has used this reputation to their advantage to bring in what some would call "troubled" players like Corey Dillon and Randy Moss. In both cases, these acquisitions worked out in the Patriots favor early on. Most importantly, the Patriots had positioned themselves to get out of these deals if necessary with little or no risk.
They raised the stakes with this strategy bringing in spotlight hog Chad Ochocinco and the overweight Albert Haynesworth.
The instant reaction was the Patriots are pressing their luck.
Even with ESPN's Mike Reiss dismissing the talk, the debate is on across the football world. Personally, I feel it would be a huge mistake.
Here is a few reasons why.