New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick told CBS Boston on Monday trade deadline deals are not as common as trades which are made during the offseason. With this, Belichick indirectly downplayed the Patriots' interest in Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson.
Bill Belichick says trade deadline deals are not made as often as those during the NFL offseason.
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This was what Belichick told CBS Boston on Oct. 27:
"While there are rumors swirling around the New England Patriots with Tuesday afternoon's NFL trade deadline looming, Bill Belichick cautioned that deadline deals don't happen all too often.
"The Patriots are rumored to be interested in Tampa Bay receiver Vincent Jackson, and are reportedly making calls on available running backs as well. But in his Monday morning conference call, Belichick said trades are much more likely to happen in the summer due to a number of factors.
"'I think this is a lot different than at the end of the preseason when you're coming into the 53 cut time. You're focused on your opening game, but you're also focused on your roster and [so] is every other team. There's a lot of player movement at the time, as there is, I'd say through the first few weeks of the season on every team,' he said. 'Whether it's practice squad or roster moves or trades or signings or however it turns out. It's really not like that now.
"'I think every team is probably dealing with some type of injury situation,' continued Belichick. 'There are fewer guys and when you have fewer guys it's harder to, I'd say, trade them. You're less inclined to give away guys that you have at this time of year than maybe what you are at the beginning of the year when you can't keep them all and that type of situation. If the opportunity is right and that there are some conversation at this time of year about that, if the circumstances are such at team does have depth or there's another reason they think they can help their team by making a move then -- I would just say those situations, those opportunities are a lot fewer than they were than they were at the beginning of the year. It's just a lot different than that.'
"In typical Belichick fashion, the head coach said the focus right now is on Sunday's opponent.
"'I wouldn't say it's all that hectic right now. We're focused on getting ready for Denver,' he said. 'Nick Caserio and his staff on the personnel end of it, if something comes along and it's something that we think would be worth considering, then we'd talk about it, but I wouldn't say that there's real heavy back and forth communication throughout the league on big trades. I'm surprised if that took place on any team. It's just not that common this time of year. Could it happen? Yeah, there could be a couple trades. But it's a lot different than what it is at the end of training camp.'
"The Patriots are not shy of making in-season trades, pulling off deals in each of the last two seasons. Last year they traded a fifth-round pick for nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga from the Philadelphia Eagles, and in 2012 made a big splash with the acquisition of corner Aqib Talib from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. New England didn't make any moves in 2011, but did acquire wide receiver Deion Branch in the middle of the 2010 season.
"The Patriots already made one trade last week, sending a sixth-round round pick to the Tennessee Titans for linebacker Akeen Ayers, who made his New England debut in Sunday's 51-23 win over the Chicago Bears. Belichick praised his new linebacker for a quick week of work to prepare for Sunday's game."
Belichick is also vouching for more playing time for Patriots offensive linemen Marcus Cannon, Nate Solder and Sebastian Volmer, per Patriots Football Weekly's Andy Hart (via the Patriots' official website):
"Marcus Cannon spent the the first three weeks of the season as the starter at left guard, but since being removed from the job the fourth-year veteran former fifth-round pick has seen action in each of the last five games as a rotational player at tackle. He often works his way on the left side for Nate Solder and then soon after gets in some action in the place of Sebastian Volmer at right tackle.
"Though the idea of rotating on the offensive line at any spot, especially the ever-important tackle position, is a unique one, Belichick doesn't see Cannon's rotational role at tackle much differently than more traditional subbing in of players at other spots in the lineup.
"'I think all three of those guys are good football players. They've all played tackle at a good level. They've all started and played well in this league. They're good players. I think they all deserve to play,' Belichick said when asked about the benefits of Cannon's rotational reps. 'I think they've all played well enough to continue to deserve to play. We have confidence with whoever is in there.
"'They all bring many positives to their positions: Sebastian, Nate and Marcus. So, whichever one of them is there, he brings positives to the position. I don't see it any differently than the receiver position or the running back position. Guys we've put on the field are on the field because they're productive and they help the team. I'd say the same thing about those three players.'
"Cannon, who is on the final year of his rookie contract, saw a season-high 34 snaps at tackle in Sunday's blowout of the (Chicago) Bears, compared to 60 for Solder and 52 for Vollmer. Since giving up his starting job at guard, Cannon has averaged 19 snaps a game in his rotational role at tackle. Cannon started six games in Vollmer's stead at tackle last fall, as well as a pair of postseason games."
Belichick has amassed an overall 205-107 (.657) record in 20 NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots, per Pro-Football-Reference.com.
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