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Author: Jon Kuzma
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With Arizona Cardinals Outside Linebacker Chandler Jones leading the National Football League with 17 sacks in 2017. You have to wonder what the New England Patriots were thinking when they traded Jones away? If you don’t remember Jones was exchanged for Jonathan Cooper and a 2nd round draft pick. Cooper never started a game for New England and Belichick traded the 2nd round pick for what would end up being Joe Thuney and Malcolm Mitchell. Thuney has been a notable contributor starting 32 games over the course of his career and Mitchell seems to have some potential. However Chandler Jones is the best pass rusher in all of football. To think that the combination of Cooper, Thuney, and Mitchell are even in the ball park of excellence as Jones is preposterous. This move was just another case of New England trying to take the Money Ball analytics approach and it blew up in their face. Obviously the Patriots didn’t want to pay Jones the big dollars after he was hospitalized back in 2016 for using synthetic marijuana. Belichick clearly saw that as a red flag when it came to Jones’ character but sometimes you have to believe in people when they’re down. There’s no debating that Bill Belichick is the greatest football coach of all time but sometimes New England’s head guy walks around with a chip on his shoulder. Jones has had 28 sacks in his first two seasons in Arizona so there’s no question about it the Patriots took a huge loss with this trade. Imagine if Chandler Jones would have been on the field last season in the Super Bowl? That would have made a huge difference against that potent Eagles offense. To be honest the Jamie Collins trade and the Malcolm Butler situation were other examples of letdowns on Belichick’s behalf. Which makes it apparent the greatest football coach whoever lived will have to check his ego if he wants to get back on top in 2018.
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