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January 26, 2014

Be bold, Bill!

10 moves Belichick should consider, including trading Brady

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This made guys like Willie McGinest and Mike Vrabel into game-changers.

Wouldn’t you love to see a Jamie Collins charging hard off of Big Vince’s flank instead of trying to chase down Julius Thomas?

4. Send Patricia packing

Maybe the guy is a coordinator in name only. Maybe Belichick is the boss here. But to sit there and to either pitch or to listen to a game plan against Denver that San Diego used the week before so unsuccessfully is a fireable offense. They need a defensive coordinator that will at least try to say, “No, Bill,” once or twice a season and will live to tell about it.

I don’t like Patricia’s philosophies or his defensive demeanor.

Nobody does his specified task with average results like Rob Ninkovich, the poster child of the bend-but-don’t break defense. I’ll never forget when the media started speaking of Ninkovich in the same breath as Tedy Bruschi. Not even close.

Great guy. Great teammate. But he’ll never be the playmaker that this team needs. Eliminate his position in the defensive switch or send him packing. What do you have to lose?

5. Don’t waste Chandler Jones

In back to back seasons, the first-round draft pick out of Syracuse has gone from September beast to January butterfly. The defense is to blame for it. At 6-foot-5 and 247 pounds, Jones is a wiry sort. He is not his brother Arthur (6-3, 301). He is an outside linebacker, forced down into the end position, and often times tossed into the washing machine inside.

Jones broke down midway through his freshman season in the league. This past season, after taking weekly poundings with Belichick and Patricia shoving him inside and asking him to play the run, the pass and everything else, he got tired and physically overwhelmed.

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