Considering New England already lost franchise quarterback Tom Brady and defensive stalwarts like Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins and Duron Harmon this offseason, some are legitimately wondering whether head coach Bill Belichick might wave the white flag on the 2020 season to land a high 2021 NFL Draft pick.
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Those conspiracy theories about the Patriots "tanking" in 2020 caught the eye of ex-Patriots cornerback Darius Butler, who strongly refuted them Wednesday on Twitter.
No way in hell Belichick tanks this year. Anyone who's saying that has never been around the guy!— Darius Butler (@DariusJButler) July 29, 2020
Then Chung came through with a more blunt response:
Chung has played 10 of his 11 NFL seasons under Belichick, so we'll take the guy at his word.
You could also use common sense to infer Belichick won't fold up the Patriots' tent this fall. If the Patriots were intent on tanking, they'd likely roll with second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham instead of signing three-time Pro Bowler Cam Newton to (potentially) take his job.
Oh, and there's also the fact that Belichick's Patriots haven't had a losing season since 2000 and went 11-5 in 2008 with Matt Cassel under center.
Belichick prides himself on maximizing whatever talent he has to work with, and this round of opt-outs is just another challenge he'll most likely embrace.
Would Bill Belichick tank Patriots' season? Patrick Chung scoffs at notion originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston