A closeup of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick during a game.
A closeup of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick during a game.

NFL fans are convinced that New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has a secret plan for the upcoming season.

Earlier this offseason, fans believed that Belichick would “tank” the 2020 season so he could draft generational quarterback talent Trevor Lawrence. Those theories somewhat went away when he signed Cam Newton as a free agent.

But now they’re back. Several Patriots players, including Pro Bowl linebacker Dont’a Hightower, have decided to opt out of the 2020 regular season. New England’s roster has taken a major hit over the last 24-plus hours.

NFL fans are half-joking/half-convinced that Belichick was planning this the entire time so he can get a high pick in the 2021 Draft.

You know those Patriots players that opt out are getting paid under the table so the team can draft Trevor Lawrence right?” one fan wrote.

Bill Belichick has key players opting out this season to rest up for the 2021 Super Bowl run led by Trevor Lawrence,” another fan added.

So the Patriots are going to tank for Trevor Lawrence, the Warriors are going to get a top pick and both dynasties will be back after taking a Corona-shortened season off. Life is unfair,” one fan said.

Of course, it’s still difficult to imagine Bill Belichick tanking an NFL season, but the Patriots’ roster has taken some notable hits this week.

If Newton isn’t healthy, New England could be one of the worst teams in the NFL this season.

Or Newton will be healthy, the Patriots will be good and Belichick will be back in the playoffs like he always is. That’s probably the more-likely scenario.

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