Heath Evans joined the Mut & Merloni Show on WEEI Radio Friday morning and said Eric Mangini "screwed (the) team over" in 2005 after interviewing with the New York Jets.
"In '05 Belichick gives Mangini permission to go interview with the Jets," said Evans. "He comes back -- basically, we all knew he was getting that job -- and spends the week recruiting front office staff and players to go with him. Not really doing his job. We go to Denver, lay an egg (in) Round 2 of the playoffs."
"We were underhanded a lot in that year in a lot of ways, but we still should have beaten that Denver Broncos team and at least gotten to the AFC championship game."
The NFL Network analyst and former Patriots fullback compared the situation to the current team's addition of Josh McDaniels, but said that he didn't expect a similar ending.
"Not that Billy O'Brien would ever that, because I know Bill and he's not going to do that. But ultimately, when your mind's in two places -- which it almost has to be when you've committed your future to Penn State -- I think this was a good add and a timely add. Everyone hates it, 'Oh, this has got to be against the rules.' Well, it's not. This is Bill Belichick, always being ahead of everyone else."
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while appreciating all the birthday wishes I got yesterday while turning 42 years old.
*With the World Cup of Hockey around the corner, there is still a decision pending on NHL players participating in the Olympics.
*With the Winnipeg Jets and Jacob Trouba still unable to agree on a contract extension, some are wondering about comparable contracts for the young D-man.
*In the strict interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Pete Sheppard and Jimmy Murphy on the Bruins from Monday afternoon.
*Marek Zidlicky is still a free agent option for teams seeking a cheap solution on their back end.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has the Ottawa Senators and Cody Ceci agreeing on a two-year contract extension after a summer without a deal.
*The Minnesota Wild do the right thing and officially change their goal song to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” for next season.
*For something completely different: there will be a "Hamilton" documentary and the question will be whether I see that before I see the actual play.
At his first practice since the incident, Tom Brady showed Jimmy Garoppolo how he managed to cut himself with scissors prior to Thursday’s preseason game with the Bears.
On Felger and Mazz, Tony Massarotti questions whether Tom Brady really missed Thursday's Patriots' preseason game against the Bears due to cutting his thumb in the locker room.