By Josh Kramer
The Patriots stole the show today in another wild and crazy day for the NFL. Normally the Patriots get attention and steal the limelight for winning on the field. They also have a history of winning with off-season transactions as well though. During the course of the same day, they picked up two former Pro Bowlers for highly discounted rates. Now I am not saying that we are going to see the Albert Haynesworth of 2008 or the OchoCinco, of the pre OchoCinco era (Johnson days). I do know that this is a win/win situation once again for the Patriots. Kraft, Belichick, and Co. are masterminds transactions wise and understand that players want to come play for them. Go figure that players would want to go play in bitterly cold Foxborough. There must be something in the water.
But the real question I have about all of this is not whether the Patriots will be a playoff team, because that is basically a no brainer. The real question is should Bill Belichick sign up for the “Babysitter’s Club?” He is developing quite the track record of taking in those that have fallen off the path and helping them get back on the saddle. Albert Haynesworth is one of the biggest guys in the NFL, standing 6 foot 6 and 350 pounds. He also has demonstrated that he needs to be one of the most nurtured. It is a struggle to convince the man to get in shape. There have been issues with getting the guy to buy into the 3-4 defensive scheme. And now the guy has some legal issues as well.
And we all know that Chad OchoCinco, though vastly entertaining and likable, is a drama queen in every sense of the word. At least you know with Chad you will not have to deal with any legal issues though. But Chad has moped and whined on and off for over a decade in Cincinnati. And finally, I think Cincinnati had enough, deciding to cut their losses today. After nearly a decade, the Palmer/OchoCinco era is finally over in Cincinnati. I am sure all of Cincinnati is breathing a sigh of relief.
I know that Belichick worked wonders with projects such as Corey Dillon and Randy Moss in the past. So possibly these two recent pickups could be easy fits. The best part about all of this though from Belichick’s standpoint. If OchoCinco or Haynesworth whines, cries, or causes any trouble, the Patriots can cut them immediately. That is the difference between being a babysitter and a coach. Sure Belichick has had to babysit at times during his career and surely will have to at some point this year. But babysitters can’t cut or just abandon the kids they are babysitting. Coach Belichick can.
So Bill Belichick is most definitely a coach first and foremost. But he is also a babysitter, who possesses the perks of being a head football coach.
Keep an eye on New England. I got a feeling they will provide some fireworks between the months of September and February.
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