"What I didn't want to do in the whole situation was to have a trade that dragged on. . . . And at the same time, we saw an opportunity to improve our football team, and when we made the trade for Matt, that brought us a draft choice, and it gave us the chance to sign some players that we think will give us some good depth and good quality on our team. . . . A lot of the talk I've heard out there about what would or wouldn't have been done is a) after the fact and b) conditional on a lot of other things working out. And there's not guarantee all of that would have come together.Patriots blog - Reiss' Pieces - Boston.com Belichick on the Cassel trade. I'm wondering, was Pioli the man behind the "veil of silence?" Belichick appears more willing to address the press sans Pioli.