Shortly after the report was released, Patriots fans voiced their displeasure with it by blasting ESPN on social media.
The Bears announced the move a week after firing coach John Fox, who went 14-34 in three seasons for a.292 winning percentage that is the second-lowest in team history. Two days later, Garoppolo was headed to the San Francisco 49ers. You have to believe that one of the most restrained and organizationally-conscious owners in the league suddenly called Belichick to the owner's suite and big-footed him, instructed Belichick to trade Garoppolo to appease Brady. Presumably, Brady will be his quarterback.
The Patriots didn't earn it against the Jets on January 16, 2011, with a costly interception by Brady on a screen pass to BenJarvus Green-Ellis in the second quarter contributing to the shocking result. It seemed to show Brady wasn't on board with Garoppolo being his eventual successor.
Belichick's answer in a conference call with reporters came after ESPN's report said that "those interviewed describe a palpable sense in the building that this might be the a year ago together for this group". He said that everything Wickersham reported was "baseless". "I'm grateful to Tom and his family for letting me in and for Facebook for their willingness to really allow me and my team incredible creative freedom".More news: Saudi jet fighter downed by Yemenis
They even are said to have been willing to help Belichick shop around for a backup quarterback to help the trade work.
If Belichick is not in the mix, then I think the Giants will decide by the end of this week between Josh McDaniels, Pat Shurmur and Matt Patricia, who is rumored to be going to the Lions, but who my sources is still very much in play for Big Blue. Certainly, I'm a coach, he's a commissioner. I loved working with Jimmy. And that's a great challenge for us. He was on the sideline, I saw him before the game, and we wished each other well. "It is such a poor characterization". In 18 years, I've never celebrated when someone has been traded, been cut.
"I have been a part of a lot of articles over the years that I disagree with". I know you want to report on things that are inaccurate and unattributable. "And I would throw in there, since I was part of the article, I feel like I have a good professional relationship with Alex [Guerrero] too". I would never, ever feel that way about when Jimmy got traded, when Jacoby (Brissett) got traded (last season to the Colts).
Here's what I would offer: This year's second round pick (No. 34 overall, which is basically a late first-round pick), a first-round pick in 2019 and second- and fourth-round picks in 2020.