Bill Belichick has been more open and honest than usual of late, especially when speaking on playing younger players and the salary cap with Charlie Weis on Sirius XM NFL Radio last week and Ordway, Merloni & Fauria early this week.
By admitting the team "sold out" the last few years he could be sending a message that he does not have the same expectations for this year's team. That typically hasn't been how Belichick operates.
Appearing on OMF Wednesday, former Patriots linebacker and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi tried to make sense of the comments.
“The only logic with him expressing that publicly is that’s the overwhelming consensus of the organization — even trickling down to players," he said. "This one, this year has hit this team pretty hard from the beginning when [Dont’a Hightower], [Patrick] Chung and [Marucs] Cannon and all those guys were like, ‘Guys, we have to pass. I have family things I have to worry about.’ It set the tone back then, and then how it hit them the last couple weeks like we’ve been talking about, so is it understood there? Because if that is understood amongst the organization then they wouldn’t be surprised with those types of comments coming from the head coach.
"That is the only way I can logically explain this type of messaging that is coming out of the head coach because he’s always been like a rock. You guys know, like a rock in terms of the message he sends to the media. It is consistent with the message he sends to his players.”
The Patriots have lost four straight and currently sit at 2-5 on the year.