In the first year of the post-Tom Brady Era, some expect the New England Patriots to "tank" in 2020 if the season isn't looking promising.
James Develin doesn't see that happening.
The former Patriots fullback, who announced his retirement Monday after seven NFL seasons, can't imagine a Bill Belichick-led team losing games for the sake of getting a premier draft pick. He explained during his Friday appearance on WEEI's "Dale & Keefe."
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"I don't think so," Develin said. "I think one of the biggest things about the Patriots organization is everyone is focused on winning. It's all about winning, it's all about improving the team no matter what the cost. I think there will never be a day that there's ever a second wasted in that building on purposely trying to position themselves in the draft, or something like that. I just truly believe in my heart that that will never happen.
"We will always be trying to win games and always put ourselves in the position to be a better football team."
Newly retired Patriots FB @James_Develin asked if he could ever envision Bill Belichick trying to lose games to improve a draft position:— Dale & Keefe (@DaleKeefeWEEI) May 1, 2020
"I don't think so..I truly believe in my heart that will never happen..." pic.twitter.com/ZIQA6OWa8o
Tanking is a foreign concept in New England, but it's an interesting one as the Patriots enter a season of uncertainty. If Jarrett Stidham doesn't pan out as the Patriots' quarterback of the future, the thought of snagging a top QB in the 2021 draft (Trevor Lawrence, anyone?) is intriguing.
As Develin says though, don't count on tanking even crossing Belichick's mind.
Develin also chatted with "Dale & Keefe" about potentially returning to the Patriots in a coaching role, and it sounds like he's keeping that door wide open.
Why James Develin believes Patriots tanking 'will never happen' originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston