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Patriots Talk: Eric Mangini Told ESPN He Still Wishes to Reconcile With Bill Belichick After 10 Years

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Patriots Talk: Eric Mangini Told ESPN He Still Wishes to Reconcile With Bill Belichick After 10 Years

It’s pretty incredible that over a decade ago, the Patriots and SpyGate scandal was all the NFL and sports media would talk about. Back then, it was a never ending torrent of potential implications that painted the Patriots organization as cheaters and law breakers. When in reality, this was simply Bill Belichick spiting the newly elected Commissioner Roger Goodell. On the latest ESPN news for the off-season, Eric Mangini was asked this past Saturday at his alma mater, Bulkeley High School, for his youth training camp, about his current status with Belichick. Mangini confirmed that since 2007, Belichick and him have not once spoken to each other.

“Look, Bill is a big part of my life. Bill gave me a tremendous opportunity, and I enjoyed that experience, and I respect him. It’s disappointing, the way it’s been. Hopefully, it can change at some point.”

“It was never supposed to go the way that it went,” he said. “It was more about, ‘Hey, don’t do this here.’ It wasn’t about reporting it. Sometimes things get out of hand and get rolling in one direction. It was never, ever supposed to go that way.”

Mangini’s relationship with Belichick began in the NFL under him while with the Cleveland Browns. (which spawned many NFL Head Coaches, Coordinators and even General Managers for many years to come) In many ways, Belichick had known Magini arguably longer than many of his former staff from that era. And despite his lack of discussions with the Patriots Head Coach, he is apparently still on good terms with the other staff such as offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia who was an instructor at the Saturday training camp.

While Mangini has been out of coaching, it not difficult to see why Belichick hasn’t exactly let go of the whole ordeal. Before the SpyGate scandal broke, Mangini decided to leave the Patriots in 2006 to become the New York Jets’ head coach, which massively strained their relationship.  But the relationship was severed during Week 1 of the 2007 season. Before the Patriots played against the New York Jets, Mangini told the Jets security to keep an eye on the Patriots’ sideline, where they were illegally videotaping opponents’ game-plan signals.

And this started one of the biggest controversies in NFL history and one of the biggest stings against the Patriots that dubbed them ‘the Cheatriots’ to the rest of the NFL. Belichick and the PAtriots were fined Belichick over $500,000(the most ever fined by a Head Coach in NFL history), the Patriots organization received $250,000 and removed their 31st overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft. What has followed has never left the Patriots even today, despite the team winning two Super Bowls in the last 3 seasons, its a label that the Patriots seemingly will never be rid of.

What Mangini did was the very definition of betrayal of his former mentor’s trust, but he wishes things could have gone differently. It doesn’t matter what Mangini does now, he is out of the league and is unlikely to be given any favors from anybody. When someone rats out his former team and coach like what Mangini did, it will never get you anywhere in the league because trust needs to be earned.

This writer has very little sympathy for the man as what Mangini created was something that went way further than it really should have, but nothing can turn back time. In many ways, Mangini may be earnest about trying to salvage his destroyed relationship with Belichick but there are no signs of it ever happening. The ESPN writer had mentioned in a news conference in 2016 where Belichick listed every single coordinator that he had in New England since 2000. The only name that was not listed was Mangini’s, I think that right there is all that needs to tell any reader where Belichick stands on this.

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Patriots Talk: Josh McDaniels And The Colts Wouldn’t Have Worked Out

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A Case of Behind The Scenes

 

 

Josh McDaniels and the Patriots thought their time to depart after their tough loss in Super Bowl 52 was unavoidable. However, not only did Josh McDaniels get extended, but its been many rumors that Robert Kraft had contacted McDaniels literally hours before he was suppose to take off Tuesday for Indianapolis.

 

It’s difficult to know anything within the Patriots’ organization as they have remained firm in not explaining what goes on behind closed doors. However, multiple sources over at ESPN for the past week since the story broke out about McDaniels’ abrupt decision to not become the Indiapolis Colts Head Coach. The way things broke down was that Kraft and Bill Belichick got together and sat down with McDaniels. With Defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia going to Detroit, this seemed like a desperation move to maintain the coaching staff from the previous season.

 

However, according to ESPN writer Mike Reiss, there was more to the situation then just that. In one of his articles regarding the McDaniels’ decision, he stated:

 

Belichick offered to include McDaniels on more of the inner workings of the organization, from roster construction to financial/salary-cap related considerations. That was viewed as “extremely valuable” to McDaniels. Ownership also endorsed it as a way to extend Belichick’s influence on the organization in future years, although no assurances were given to McDaniels that he would succeed Belichick. McDaniels, who a source confirmed got a significant raise, has privately said in the past that he did not want to be the coach who succeeds Belichick. Although he since may have changed his mind, McDaniels knows Belichick, after five Super Bowl victories, will be a hard act to follow.

Beyond financial and professional stability, McDaniels also was thinking of his family. He wanted a long-term commitment from the Patriots so his four children, ages 12 to 3, would be able to attend the same schools over the next several years. The transient life of a coach doesn’t always make that possible.

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Former NFL Official Claims Eagles Used Illegal Play To Win Super Bowl

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Did you have doubts that the Eagles lined up correctly on the Nick Foles touchdown catch?

Well, you are not the only one with a former analyst now claiming that Philly was indeed lined up illegally on the play.

Appearing on the Talk of Fame Network, former head of officiating and FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira said the Eagles were in fact lined up illegally.

“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said, via Pro Football Talk. “The down judge, who was the one that [the play] was on his side of the field, they felt that it was his judgment, and [receiver Alshon Jeffrey] was close enough. Well, he wasn’t. They lined up wrong.

“Not only that, it’s a trick play. And if you’re going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly. You could either have six men on the line, or you could have an ineligible number lined up at the end of the line, which was the case. I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.

“We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half. But that’s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. It’s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didn’t line up properly. And it really should’ve been called.”

Bottom line is it was simply a judgment call be the officials, might have been the completely wrong judgment, but based on what we know about Super Bowl LII the New England Patriots were never going to win the game. The Malcolm Butler benching paired with Doug Pederson‘s mindset of keeping his foot on the gas and exposing New England’s weaknesses were the reasons the Patriots lost the game, not this particular play.

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Boston Herald Runs Ron Borges’s Tom Brady Hoax Story

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Thursday night Boston Herald reporter Ron Borges penned a story with this headline “Tom Brady wants to get paid like Jimmy G, or he’ll skip OTAs”. A headline and a story that was uncovered as a hoax on Friday.

The Kirk and Callahan show on WEEI revealed that one of their texters pretended to be Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee when texting Borges. The texter dubbed “Nick in Boston” informed Borges that Tom Brady intended to sit out New England’s preseason workouts unless he was paid like Jimmy Garoppolo who signed the largest deal in NFL history on Thursday.

K&C tweeted out the screenshots of texts with Borges outing the story as a complete and utter hoax.

Borges story was actually refuted right off the bat on Thursday night with both NBC Sports Boston and NESN claiming the story held no truth.

As for Borges, this is not his first major failure as a reporter. Since the Herald ran the story they are now looking into the matter.

Overall tricking Borges isn’t a great thing to do. Lying about someone’s identity is never nice with some reporters coming to the defense of Borges. But it is hard to have sympathy for a “journalist” that failed to check his sources and run with a story with only one source confirming of a major story.

Either way, there is no truth to a Brady holdout.

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