Bart Scott Comments on Bill Belichick, Jamie Collins TradeNovember 16, 2016
Former NFL linebacker Bart Scott didn't waste much time going after New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick for his role in the trades of Jamie Collins and Chandler Jones while speaking with Inside the NFL on Showtime.
After labeling the Patriots defense as "vulnerable" during Sunday night's loss against the Seattle Seahawks, Scott laid into Belichick, via Christopher Price of WEEI:
You have to ask yourself, "Did Bill Belichick outsmart himself letting go of Jamie Collins and Chandler Jones?" I think we all agree at this table that these are elite players and we’ve seen him do this before with Lawyer Milloy, Richard Seymour. Sometimes coaches think it’s more about themselves than it is actually about the players. Great players make great coaches, right? And sometimes they outsmart themselves.
Lawyer Milloy was released by the Patriots after the 2002 season, while Richard Seymour was traded to the Oakland Raiders in 2009. Both players went to multiple Pro Bowls and won championships while in New England.
After a Pro Bowl 2015 season in which he recorded 12.5 sacks, Jones was dealt to the Arizona Cardinals, where he's racked up seven sacks in nine games.
Collins started the year with the Patriots but was traded at the end of October to the Cleveland Browns despite being one of the team's top linebackers, much to the chagrin of Scott.
"There was no reason to get rid of Jamie Collins," he said. "We talk about Jamie Collins being one of the best, most athletic, talented players on the team, in the NFL. He didn’t value him. So if I’m a young player, I’m not risking myself and my body for Bill Belichick because he doesn’t care."
Both players, though, are set to become free agents after the 2016 season. So their transactions could have been driven from a future financial standpoint.
But with those surprising transactions, Scott believed that there were only a few untouchables within the Patriots roster. That could have an effect on a player's willingness to do whatever is necessary in order to stay on the field:
Listen, if I’m a young player out there, I’m not going to play injured. I’m not going to play if I need surgery because I know that he doesn’t value me. I know that he’ll ship me out like anybody else. If you’re not a part of that core four, core five which is pretty much Patrick Chung, [Tom] Brady, [Rob Gronkowski], [Rob] Ninkovich and [Devin] McCourty, you can be traded tomorrow. So, I’m not going to go out and put my career and my season on the line because I know he’ll get rid of me. He doesn’t value me. I’m expendable.
One of those untouchables, though, quarterback Tom Brady, revealed earlier in November that the Patriots could "absolutely" trade him away like they did with Collins, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.
While some will value loyalty in football, others will insist that the business aspect of the game will force teams to part with key pieces. However, if Brady were to ever be dealt, it would be one of the most dissected transactions ever.
Regardless of Scott's stance on the matter, it's not sitting well with him. Or it could just be a former New York Jets linebacker taking the opportunity to make a dig at one of his team's fiercest rivals.