In an interview with ESPN’s Mike Reiss, now former Patriot Danny Amendola detailed how difficult it was playing for Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick. Danny goes as far to calling his old coach “an a–hole”.
“It’s not easy, that’s for sure. He’s an asshole sometimes. There were a lot of things I didn’t like about playing for him, but I must say, the things I didn’t like were all in regards to getting the team better, and I respected him. I didn’t like practicing in the snow, I didn’t like practicing in the rain, but that was going to make us a better football team and that was going to make me a better football player. It wasn’t easy, and he’d be the first to admit, at the ring ceremony, that it wasn’t easy playing for him. The silver lining was that we were at the ring ceremony.”
There have certainly been some frustrations with Coach Belichick and some of the players have had enough of it. Gronk has reportedly had his issues with Belichick also as stories trickle out this offseason. I don’t ever really remember an offseason quite like this, losing a Super Bowl certainly brings out the worst of you I guess. Here’s the thing with Belichick, sure, he’s a great coach, but players don’t like to play for him, we’re seeing that now. No one on the team had any idea about Butler and some questioned his decision. It’s been happening more and more recently and you begin to wonder if he’s even in it for the long run anymore. Some of his moves recently have appeared to be out of spite, and that is a huge problem when it comes to the future of this team.
When Brady retires, things are going to change around here, drastically. Brissett is gone, Garoppolo is gone. The next QB of the Patriots isn’t even on the current roster and that’s worrisome to me.
Gronk is missing OTA’s and his future is still up in the air, Danny is gone, Malcolm is gone, Lewis is gone, the list goes on. This team is going to look different next year and I don’t like it. All of this is tolerable, but all isn’t perfect in that locker room and it’s starting to become well known. Something has to give.