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Bean: I still hate the Jacoby Brissett trade

Bean: I still hate the Jacoby Brissett trade

You don’t like the trade. I don’t either. Who knows if the guy will be a long-term starter, but he’s at least proven worthy of that shot. The Patriots didn’t get enough. 

This isn’t about Jimmy Garoppolo. I am, of course, still dwelling on the Jacoby Brissett trade. 

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I didn’t like it at the time. I’ve hated it more and more with each passing second. Brissett for Phillip Dorsett? On paper, it was moving your third quarterback for a former first-round pick* at a position of need. Yet so far the only payoff for the Patriots has been the roster spot created by not keeping a third quarterback. 

*STOP SAYING “FORMER FIRST-ROUND PICK.” I’m going to lose my mind over this one. Really I am. A player does not lose their draft status. I suppose they do when they die, but that’s because they’re pretty much a former everything they were before they died. Anyway, Phillip Dorsett is an alive person. When he was drafted, he *became* a first-round pick. Now he’s still that selection, the 29th overall in the 2015 draft. He *was* drafted. He *is* a first-round pick. That status as a first-round pick has not changed. 

I’ll tell you what has changed, though: the arrow in which that first-round promise was pointing. This isn’t the poo-on-Phillip-Dorsett hour. It’s just a reminder that Dorsett was still finding his way in the league (three receiving touchdowns on 51 receptions through two seasons) when the Pats acquired him. 

Since coming to New England, Dorsett has done very little. He’s got four catches on the season and just once since Week 3. The Patriots haven’t found much use for him, even with the injuries they’ve endured at the receiver position. 

Now, if Chris Hogan’s shoulder (which reportedly won’t need surgery) becomes an ongoing issue, that would probably mean more opportunity for Dorsett. So far, however, he hasn’t been much more than a spare part. 

And maybe a spare part is what the Patriots considered Brissett to be. Yet even if he was, he was a spare part at the most important position of the field. He’s started seven of the Colts’ eight games with Andrew Luck out and has been completely mediocre. Eight touchdowns, four picks, 19th in the league in passing yards. 

Moving Brissett allowed the Pats to keep someone like a Geneo Grissom, Cole Croston or Ted Karras on the roster. Fine. Whatever. But if they liked Brissett, a player on whom they’d spent a third-round pick in 2016 (see how I didn’t call him a “former third-rounder?”), they’d have kept him. 

And right now it’s looking like that should have been the move. Brissett has shown improvement in Indianapolis, which would run contrary to any concerns that he may have plateaued with the Pats. He certainly would have been a better longterm insurance policy behind Tom Brady once Garoppolo departed, which he now has. 

As we question Belichick the GM’s moves since the offseason, Stephon Gilmore and the handling of the tight end position get plenty of attention. The Jacoby Brissett trade doesn’t get as much as it should. 
 

Chris Long doesn't put stock in Brady-Belichick drama. "It took everything to beat them."

Chris Long doesn't put stock in Brady-Belichick drama. "It took everything to beat them."

In an interview with The Big Lead, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long spoke on the drama surrounding Tom Brady and Bill Belichick

It's safe to say he doesn't put much stock into it

I just think any NFL team, any NFL locker room under a lot of stress over a year period, there are going to be storylines people can choose to kind of blow out of proportion or not pay attention to. I think everyone’s going to pay attention to sometimes really small issues. Whatever people are alluding to going on up there hasn’t affected their play, it hasn’t affected their bottom line. It hasn’t affected how they executed on Sundays. 

Long played with the Patriots during the 2016 season and won Super Bowl 51 with them before signing a two-year contract with the Eagles. The Eagles then went on to beat New England in Super Bowl 52. If anyone outside of the Patriots' locker room has an idea of the culture inside the past two years, Long has to be one of them. 

It took everything for us to beat them. It took a heroic performance by Nick Foles and we had to play our best game. So while everybody likes to always point to the Patriots as being under duress or there’s some drama in the locker room, there’s drama in every locker room that you could blow out of proportion. They’re just on top and those stories sell because they’ve been so great.

ESPN's Seth Wickersham released a story detailing some of the issues that arose in New England over the past few years in January, and with Brady missing almost all of the Patriots' voluntary workouts last month, some have started to wonder whether this is the end for one of both of Brady-Belichick. 

While their hasn't been much public acknowledgement from either side about the drama, but Long certainly doesn't see much substance to the noise. 

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Tony Romo's Super Bowl prediction draws response from Tom Brady

Tony Romo's Super Bowl prediction draws response from Tom Brady

Tony Romo's Super Bowl prediction of the Jacksonville Jaguars taking over the AFC title from the Patriots and facing the Green Bay Packers in Atlanta in SB53 drew a response from Tom Brady on Instagram.

The NFL's official Instagram account posted a photo of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Jags cornerback Jalen Ramsey with the prediction of Romo, the former Dallas Cowboys QB now the analyst on CBS' No. 1 NFL broadcast team. Here's a screenshot, complete with Brady's comment:

Appearing on the NFL Network earlier this week, Romo said rumors of a rift between Brady and coach Bill Belichick are overblown. “I think they probably squabble just like any married couple for 20 years, and then they also love each other.

“I just think when you work together for 15 to 20 years, whatever it is, I think that whenever you have the success that they have, people have to come up with stuff,” Romo said. “I also think that I’ve been upset with my coaches before, and then you come back and you’re fine. And then you get upset with them, and you come back and you’re fine. It’s a part of sports.”

Brady and the Patriots report to camp on July 26.

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