One of the more ramped-up debates regarding Bill Belichick's potential firing or trade out of New England has been where the legendary head coach will wind up if either does happen.
Although some can't begin to fathom the idea that Robert Kraft would make such a move despite the Patriots continued struggles over the last four seasons, others are sticking to the notion that significant changes will be happening for the betterment of the team, which starts with moving on from Belichick.
Among the now lengthy list of teams that have been rumored as potential landing spots for the eight-time Super Bowl Champion is the Giants, created from a conspiracy theory online and has picked up steam recently.
Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe detailed the wild story as the Patriots prepare for their matchup with the Giants in Week 12.
"Over the past 10 days, there have been rumors of Bill taking over the (Washington) Commanders, (Los Angeles) Chargers, (Dallas) Cowboys or Giants next season. Which leads us to a ridiculous conspiracy theory regarding next weekend’s Stupor Bowl between the Patriots and Giants: If Bill knows he’s going to be coaching the Giants next year, he’d be helping himself greatly by coaching the Patriots to a win. It would move him a step closer to Shula, while keeping the Giants ahead of the Patriots in the draft order.
Bill playing chess while everybody else is playing checkers."
Because of the possible implications of the game's outcome, most notably draft position for both teams, it would be best for the Patriots to lose the game. New England and New York are just one game apart in the standings, meaning if the Patriots win, they will fall in the draft order, but if they lose, they have a better chance at ending the year with a top-2 draft pick.
But that may play a more significant story on Sunday if there is any truth to this conspiracy theory. If Belichick hopes to give his future team a better spot in the draft, Shaughnessy is right about the need for the Patriots to win. However, will there really be any way to tell if he's trying to win or lose the game?
Despite some fans and media members hoping for or even believing the team is trying to tank this season on purpose, there haven't been any signs to back up that idea. So, will there be a clue in Sunday's game to make it more noticeable that Belichick is actually trying to win the game more than he usually is?
It seems difficult to believe Belichick, of all people, would be doing anything but hoping for his team to win. This is a guy who has coached undefeated seasons and gone to nine Super Bowls since arriving in Foxboro.
On top of that, Brian Dabboll's job security hasn't been discussed much, and it seems this theory doesn't consider that. That feels like a fairly significant detail to leave out when conjuring up a conspiracy like this.