Rumors are beginning to surface that Collins was not following the defensive scheme and not doing the things coaches were telling him to do, and that Collins turned down an offer of 11 million per year. Many reports have now come out that Collins wanted “Von Miller money” from the Patriots.
We all have been frustrated with Collins at times. Whether it’s the Marshawn Lynch wheel route in Super Bowl 50, or allowing 2 touchdowns to Owen Daniels in the AFC Championship game, Collins always seemed to be the one who was making mistakes at the worst time possible. But does that mean the defense will get better without Collins on it? It seems impossible, but I don’t think Bill is stupid, and the most logical reason to do this deal from Bill’s perspective would be if Jamie Collins didn’t “Do his Job”.
Regardless of speculation and reports, the only logical reason to make a trade like this is because you believe it will help your team. If Collins was truly not following scheme and screwing up coverages, the Patriots clearly feel their defense will be better off without him. The Patriots remaining linebacking core is headlined by Dont’a Hightower, Barkevious Mingo, Elandon Roberts, and Shea McClellin. Only time will tell if they are right, but if the Patriots defense falls off bigtime after Collins’ departure, and they do not win the Super Bowl this year, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots front office may never live this down.
In Bill We Trust… *gulp*