Just when you think the New England Patriots offseason couldn't anymore interesting, the Patriots former offensive coordinator is suggesting Bill Belichick could find Tom Brady's replacement in this year's draft.
There's always a lot of speculation about what the New England Patriots are going to do in free agency, what they're going to do in the draft, what kind of trades they're going to make. This allows a lot of people who know nothing about the inner working of organization, myself included, we try to make our best guess about what Bill Belichick is going to do. But, at the end of the day it's always speculation, because we don't actually know what's going on in one of the most secretive systems in the NFL.
When it comes to reporters I only trust Adam schefter and Mike Reiss for inside information on the NFL in more particular the New England Patriots. But, it's always fun to hear what a former Bill Belichick disciple has to say about the team and what they believe could happen.
Like I already said, there's always a ton of speculation around what the Patriots are going to do in the offseason, but with Tom Brady's upcoming free agency it's become a national story and it feels like everybody and their grandmother has had an opinion on what they believe Brady is going to do. A lot of people also weighed in on what they think Brady should do.
One thing that doesn't get talked about nearly enough though is, what should the Patriots do if Tom Brady did decide that he wanted to move on and play for a different team next season? What should the Patriots do if Bill Belichick decided it's not worth paying Tom Brady top dollar to return for the 2020 season?
The Patriots former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis was interviewed last week, and he was of course asked about the future of the Patriots. Wise gave a lot of interesting insights including an opinion about the Patriots possibly trading up to draft one of the top quarterbacks in the draft.
Weis was sure to make sure everybody knew he was not trying to add the ongoing outpoor of misinformation and rumors. Weis said that he had no inside information, he was going on a hunch and simply giving an opinion on what he thinks the Patriots might do.
One of the other subjects that Pat's Nation seems to be constantly engrossed in is the future of the Patriots backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham and whether or not he could be the future of the Patriots or nothing more but a placeholder and a career backup. A lot of Patriots fans don't see how the Patriots can rely on a fourth round draft pick to take over for the greatest of all time. I would like to remind you that Drew Bledsoe once believed that Tom Brady would never be more than just a career backup.
It's really hard to get a read on what Stidham is as a quarterback. He had a very solid preseason which actually exceeded Jimmy Garoppolo's first preseason with the Patriots. But, Jimmy G was also looked at as the future of the Patriots from the day he was drafted, while Stidham was just a fourth round draft pick. Even though he beatout Brian Hoyer for the backup spot, it doesn't mean that Bill Belichick has faith in him as the next quarterback of the Patriots.
Charlie Weis seems to be on the side that Belichick wouldn't hand the keys to the kingdom over to Stidham. Weis believe if Tom Brady were to move on from the Patriots, Belichick would either replace Brady with a veteran quarterback or he believes that Belichick could trade up in the draft and go after one of the big quarterback prospects.
“I personally don’t think it will be Stidham. I think it’ll be a veteran guy [to replace Brady],” Weis said. “But I also wouldn’t put it past Bill to run all the way to the top of the draft, and go get one of the big boys. I wouldn’t put it past him.”
That's a very interesting theory by Weis, and if there's a guy who somewhat understands Bill Belichick and could give us some insight into Belichick's brain, Charlie Weis would be one of those guys.
Patriot fans have discussed the possibility of the Patriots trading up to get a quarterback, but as far as I know, there have been zero credible sources, league insiders, or reporters that have floated that idea around. But Charlie Weis says that just because people don't believe Belichick is going to do it, it doesn't mean that he won't.
“Just when you rule out that he’ll do something like that, that’s when he’ll do it,” said Weis. “All of a sudden Tua is your quarterback.”
Weis is the first person to suggest that the Patriots could trade up in this years draft, but he's not the first person to link Tua to the Patriots. There's been a lot of speculation that Tua's draft value may have dropped because of his hip surgery and some people believe that if he dropped far enough the Patriots would make a move to pick him up. What Weis is suggesting is the Patriots would make a move to go up to get him probably a lot higher than people were originally thinking.
But it's also not that outrageous to think that Belichick would move up to get a quarterback. There were rumours and basically confirmed reports that if the Cleveland Browns weren't going to draft Baker Mayfield Belichick was prepared to move on from his two first-round draft picks that season to draft Mayfield. So I don't think it's that crazy to think that if Belichick really liked Tua he would make the move.
I think it's also important to take the Alabama connection into perspective. We all know that Bill Belichick and Alabama's head coach Nick Saban are good friends, and Belichick will confide in Saban about draft prospects. Belichick has also selected Alabama players in the past. Most notably is Dont'a Hightower and Damien Harris.
So when you take the Tom Brady situation into consideration, when you look at the Alabama connection, when you look at the connection that Charlie Weis has with Bill Belichick, it's a very interesting theory to float around and one that I believe could pick up some steam as we get closer to the draft. I feel like as people are trying to predict what's going to happen in April the Charlie Weis comments are going to be referred to over and over again and taken more serious.
Whether or not Bill Belichick will actually pull the trigger and move up in the first round to get a quarterback it's still a mystery, and truthfully I have no idea what he's thinking.
For now, the last update I got on Bill Belichick is he was attending Gronk's beach party in Miami. So I'm sure he's not thinking about the draft right now, but this could at least give Patriot fans something to think about, talk about and debate over the next couple of months.
This offseason is going to take Patriots fans on an emotional rollercoaster, but it's also going to be a lot of fun. The unpredictability of 2020 is going to be a new experience for newer Patriots fans, and if I can give you a suggestion: Don't stress out about it. The NFL is the greatest source of entertainment, and the soap opera is going to keep us on the edge of our seats until training camp starts and then we'll have a whole new set of things to worry about.