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Business as Usual: Top Scout Leaves Patriots

The New England Patriots director of college scouting moves on.

Many New England Patriots fans were left scratching their collective heads following the 2014 NFL draft. Why didn’t the Patriots draft a tight end? Why did they draft a quarterback in the second round? Why did they draft so many offensive linemen?

Gasoline was only added to the fire of burning questions later in the week when director of college scouting Jon Robinson decided to leave the team and join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the same role.

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston claims there is no connection between the odd draft strategy and the departure of Robinson. Reiss says, “This is about relationships and upward mobility.”

Reiss goes on to explain that Robinson was brought into the Patriots organization in 2002 with the help of a strong recommendation from Jason Licht, the then-national scout. Licht is now the general manager of the Buccaneers and wants to surround himself with people he knows and trusts, enter Robinson.

Reiss furthers his argument by adding that Robinson had little room for upward career mobility as Nick Caserio is firmly entrenched in his current position.

So despite all the conspiracy theorists that want to equate Robinson’s departure with the odd nature of New England’s draft it is just business as usual.

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One comment for “Business as Usual: Top Scout Leaves Patriots”

  1. I myself don’t understand the philosophy of the draft selections as it relates to the departure of top scout Jon Robinson. According to ESPN Boston Mike Reiss, there were no implications that the draft result had anything to do with the departure of Jon Robinson. This was strictly a business decision that put Robinson in a position of trust and loyalty and again working for Jason Licht. The article also reiterated that Robinson seemingly did not have a future with the Patriots as his loyalty now lies with the Tamps Bay Buccaneers organization. Good luck to Jon in his new role at Tampa and I believe that he made the right move for all the right reasons.

    Posted by Josh | May 26, 2014, 2:05 pm

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