Though most have moved on from the supposed “drama” of this past offseason in New England, a new book on Bill Belichick churns up some of the issues from the spring and even last season.
ESPN says that a new book on Belichick declares that quarterback Tom Brady considered a “divorce” from the Patriots this offseason.
“If you're married 18 years to a grouchy person who gets under your skin and never compliments you, after a while you want to divorce him," a source told ESPN's Ian O'Connor, author of "Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time," after the 2017 season. “Tom knows Bill is the best coach in the league, but he's had enough of him. If Tom could, I think he would divorce him."
NBC Sports Boston also notes that the new book, which will be released on Sept. 25, claims that Brady “had enough” of Belichick.
It took a while and Belichick still hasn’t spoken of the talented receiver, but the Patriots trade for Josh Gordon is indeed official.
Multiple sources reported that Gordon was at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday.
Now, the Boston Globe says it’s time for Gordon to catch on in the Patriots offense, where many others have failed before him. The Globe also says that Gordon is no Randy Moss.
The Globe also writes that the NFL and NFLPA are looking into protocols in terms of how Patrick Chung’s concussion was handled in the loss in the Jacksonville.
A Boston Herald editorial declares that the Patriots trade for Gordon could be a win-win. The Herald says that Bill Belichick is throwing a Gordon curve ball at first-year Lions head coach and former New England assistant Matt Patricia. The Herald notes that Belichick continued to refuse to talk about Gordon during his Tuesday morning conference call with the media. The Herald breaks down the task at hand for Patriots defensive boss Brian Flores and his players against Detroit’s Matt Stafford-led offense.
The Providence Journal details a reduction in snaps for Patriots former Pro Bowl linebacker Dont’a Hightower. The Pro Jo observes that the Jags used jams at the line and double teams to keep Rob Gronkowski in check on Sunday in Jacksonville.
ESPN also notes that the handling of Chung’s concussion is under review.
WEEI.com writes that New England’s issues on third down offensively go beyond the absence of Julian Edelman. WEEI.com advises Belichick that he can talk about Gordon now, because he’s officially a Patriot. WEEI.com doesn’t believe Gordon is in position to help the Patriots right now. WEEI.com looks at a small group of players reportedly worked out by New England this week, including a quarterback.
NBC Sports says the Patriots defense couldn’t cover, rush or really do anything in the loss to the Jags. NBC Sports notes that it won’t be easy for Gordon to earn Brady’s trust.
The Patriots dropped to No. 6 in NFL.com’s weekly power rankings.
MassLive.com says Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is looking forward to Sunday’s matchup with friend and former coworker Patricia.
The Detroit Free Press is wondering if the Lions will have to stop Gordon on Sunday night.
The New York Times looks at New England taking a “gamble” on Gordon.
USA Today notes the Chung concussion protocol issue.