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Bill Belichick “it was time to move on”

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick explained Wednesday why the team traded running back Laurence Maroney to the Denver Broncos.

“I just felt like it was time for us to move on,” Belichick said. “I have a lot of respect for Laurence. He came in, he had been for four years, he worked hard, things improved a lot. He’s helped a lot as a player. I think he would have helped us this year, but we just felt like it was time to move on, and felt like we got good value on the trade, so we made it in the best interest of the football team. I’m sure he’ll do well for Denver. I think they got a good player and a kid who will work hard for them.”

Belichick described his conversation with Maroney as “positive” but did not elaborate.

“I drafted him, brought him in here, and I think he worked hard, tried hard, had a lot of production for us,” he said. “In the end, we just went in a different direction.”

Despite the fact that aging veterans Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris have had major injury issues in recent years, the team felt like it was time to move in a new direction at the position that didn’t include Maroney. Maroney never developed into the running back the Patriots envisioned when he was drafted, but he showed flashes at times throughout his stint with New England. Hopefully a change of scenery will help Maroney turn his career around.


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