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Would Bill Belichick Actually Leave the Patriots for Another Team?

Bill Belichick has led the Patriots since 2000, the longest tenure among active head coaches in the NFL.

During that time, amid six Super Bowl wins, it’s been thought of as a virtual impossibility that he would leave for another NFL team.

Yet according to a recent claim from ESPN reporter Seth Wickersham, the 69-year-old Belichick may have pondered his options of a potential exit in 2018, Hayden Bird of the Boston Globe reports.

Wickersham, whose 2018 piece for ESPN (“For Kraft, Brady and Belichick, is this the beginning of the end?“) pulled the curtain back on the relationship between the Patriots’ key triumvirate, was a guest on “The Harrison Vapnek Podcast” earlier this week.

Asked about his work reporting the story in 2018, Wickersham included an interesting tidbit of knowledge regarding Belichick.

“There was a lot of pushback to that story. But, I felt comfortable with what I was writing and what I was working on,” Wickersham explained. “At the time, I think there was a sense that Brady wasn’t going anywhere and Bill left the impression that he might be open to a move.

“There were some reports that came out at the time that the Giants were looking at him,” Wickersham continued. “I think he talked to the Washington Football Team and the Dolphins about sort of their openings. And it was unclear whether he was interested or not, but he was still talking to them and subsequent reporting has only sort of shown how in that offseason, Brady skipped the offseason program for the first time in his career and he had just kind of had enough.”

Wickersham remembered that while Belichick and Brady ultimately put their differences aside for another two years (including a victorious Super Bowl run at the end of the 2018 season), the internal disagreements became more public in that time.

Veteran TE Kyle Rudolph Reportedly Wants to Play for the Patriots

Veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph is looking for a new home after being released by the Minnesota Vikings, and reportedly the vet has his sights set on coming to play for the Patriots.

Rudolph to this point had played all 10 seasons of his NFL career with the Vikings, and in that time has pulled in 453 catches for 4488 with 48 touchdowns.

Last season New England’s leading tight end was Ryan Izzo, who had just 20 catches for 199 yards with no scores.

Tight end is one position of need for the Pats, and despite being 31 years old, he would be an immediate upgrade at the position for New England.

Patriots OC Josh McDaniels Wants to Be a Head Coach Again

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels told reporters Tuesday that he “absolutely” still has aspirations of returning to the head coaching ranks.

“I definitely want to do that,” McDaniels said. “I’d love to have that opportunity if it presents itself.”

McDaniels has been on Bill Belichick’s staff for all six Super Bowl wins in New England, serving as his offensive coordinator for 13 seasons. His first stint as a head coach was a brief one though, as McDaniels was fired in 2010 just a season and a half into his tenure with with the Denver Broncos.

Since then he’s been often sought after, but very picky about where he goes next. After being announced as Indianapolis’ head coach in 2018, McDaniels left the Colts at the altar.

He’s gone on interviews elsewhere, but has yet to depart Foxborough for a second time. Head coaches often get two chances. If neither goes well, it’s tough to get a third look.

Patriots Get CB J.C. Jackson Added to the Fan Ballot of the NFL Pro Bowl

Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson has been added to the NFL Pro Bowl fan ballot after being snubbed at first by the league.

Jackson leads the NFL with six interceptions, was added to the fan ballot for the Pro Bowl on Wednesday after initially being left off.

Fan voting for the Pro Bowl began Tuesday, and Jackson’s absence created a buzz on social media, highlighting the process by which players land on the ballot.

The NFL asks teams to submit 11 players on offense, 11 players on defense and five special-teamers for the ballot. The Patriots, as is their standard procedure over the years, initially submitted their base defense with a front seven and four defensive backs.

Reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore and veteran Jason McCourty are starters at cornerback, so Jackson wasn’t part of the list the Patriots initially submitted.

The Patriots reached out to the NFL on Wednesday morning and requested a switch to a nickel defense, removing a linebacker and adding Jackson.

Video: Patriots Look to Get to .500 as They Take on Watson and the Texans

The 4-5 Pats are coming off a huge Sunday night victory over the Ravens, and will look to get to .500 this week as they travel to Houston to take on the Texans.

The 2-7 Texans are having a tough season, and will look to land the upset on Cam Newton and the Pats.

Here’s a preview from NFL.com.

Patriots QB Cam Newton Says No Panic Button Being Pushed Despite Team Being Under .500

After the Patriots slipped under .500 for the first time this deep into a season since 2002, quarterback Cam Newton expressed confidence in a turnaround, Mike Riess of ESPN Boston reports.

“There’s no need to press the panic button. There’s no need to start reinventing the wheel. We have the answers in that locker room,” Newton said Monday morning in his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI.

Newton was 17-of-25 for 157 yards with two interceptions in the loss, and noted that his timing was off, which resulted in him holding on to the ball too long at times. He was sacked four times.

“I just have to be better, and I can’t stress that enough moving forward. The anticipation was off, I think that was the biggest discrepancy in not having practice,” he said in the radio interview. “Usually in most times, you can throw it way before the receiver is looking for it, and be on the money with it. But not having practice for as long as I have had practice, it just showed.”

Patriots Game Against Denver Moved From Monday to Next Sunday

Sunday morning the league announced that the game that was supposed to take place Monday night between the Pats and Broncos is now being moved to next Sunday, and that the Pats will have their bye week this week instead.

Denver’s scheduled game against the Dolphins will have to be rescheduled for later in the 2020 season.

Patriots Home Game Against Broncos Moved to Monday Night

Covid-19 has impacted the Pats against this week, as the team has been told that they are going to have to wait till Monday night to take on the Broncos at home.

The Pats placed cornerback Stephon Gilmore on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday after he tested positive.

Quarterback Cam Newton had tested positive last Friday, while practice-squad defensive tackle Bill Murray was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.

Being on the list does not mean a player has tested positive for the coronavirus; it could also mean he has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.