Realistically, there aren't many reasons why the Giants would deter Bill Belichick from wanting to coach them. But if the organization's attitude reflects that of safety Landon Collins ... well, they'd have no chance of getting him to jump ship.
Belichick shut down questions about him potentially leaving the Patriots to coach the Giants next season when he said he "absolutely" intends to stay. But his dramatic pause, and the framing of the question-and-answer as his "intention," left an opening for others to argue that hey, maybe it could still happen.
However, ask Landon Collins and there wouldn't be much interest anyway - from the Giants' side.
"The way he runs his organization, I’ve been through that process. I don’t like it," said Collins, referring to his time under Nick Saban at Alabama. "It’s too strict. ... [Belichick's] a great winner, he’s a great coach. I don’t know if [his style] is what the organization really wants."
"I talked to guys who played for [his] team. They love winning, but at the same time, they don’t want to be on the team."
Landon Collins: Not A Winner
The guys Collins talked to may have won with the Patriots, but they certainly don't sound like true winners.
Look, I'm willing to even entertain crackpot scenarios that would have Belichick ending up with the Giants. As much as any New England fan should never want to see that happen, it would be fascinating to see what Belichick could do with a whole new program. But Collins' comments here are absolutely outrageous.
If Belichick truly wants to go coach the Giants, he could try to find a way to go to the Giants. And the Giants would take him. To suggest that the Giants would not want Belichick as the new head coach because he's "too strict" boggles the mind beyond easy explanation.
Collins has made headlines in recent weeks due to his outspoken nature. Particularly with his incredibly candid comments on his own teammate, Eli Apple, whom he called a "cancer." So it's likely that Collins is alone here and that John Mara wouldn't exactly agree with him on Belichick. But in this same interview with the New York Post, Collins supported Apple and wants to fix things with him.
To gravitate toward a cancerous colleague, while simultaneously rejecting the biggest winner in the NFL, sounds like the ultimate loser move. It may be hard for anyone to top Collins in this regard.
-- By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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