BRUSCHI GOES UP FOR THE JAM AND…OH, MY GOD! HE JUST PUT CASSIUS MARSH ON A POSTER!
Players that don’t like their Patriot experience are the ones that can’t take tough coaching, get eaten up by the pressure, blame others for failures and expect things are supposed to be given to them.
— Tedy Bruschi (@TedyBruschi) May 31, 2018
I think we can all agree that Tedy Bruschi is a pretty good source of inside information when it comes to the New England Patriots. This is a man who played 189 career games in the NFL, all of which came as a member of the Pats. Bruschi made his way from a 3rd round special teams guy to a star linebacker on several Super Bowl Champion teams. Fourteen years of this man’s life were spent knee-deep in the apparent pit of misery known as Foxboro. A former Pro Bowler and a two-time 2nd Team All-Pro, he embodied the Patriot Way, making his way back to a high-caliber level of play after suffering a serious stroke and winning the 2005 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
Bruschi never made excuses, and he never complained about not having fun. He came to work, did what he was asked to do, and won a trillion games. He worked as hard as any man has ever worked for anything, with over 1,000 tackles, 30.5 sacks, 17 forced fumbles, 12 interceptions as proof of his incredible work ethic. Forgive me if I think his words about Patriots football carry a little more weight than others.
Tedy’s tweet, without mentioning him by name, is very clearly inspired by some recent comments made by Cassius Marsh, the San Francisco 49er’s new $7 million linebacker. You might remember his time in New England, or you might not. Considering I’ve seen more production out of a broken clock, I wouldn’t blame you for forgetting about him or never learning about him in the first place. Let me remind everyone who he is by showing you some of his on-the-field work.
Now that we’re all caught up, Mr. Marsh has made some “here’s-me-begging-for-attention remarks to the media”. In an interview with ESPN, Marsh was asked about his time in New England:
“They don’t have fun there. There’s nothing fun about it. There’s nothing happy about it. I didn’t enjoy any of my time there, you know what I’m saying? It made me for the first time in my life think about not playing football because I hated it that much.”
In other words, “Don’t you DARE blame MY missed tackles, forgotten assignments, and overall shitty play on ME! The fading desire to play? Can’t blame that on me either. I wasn’t having fun! I wasn’t happy! Blame THEM!”
Besides having two left feet, losing backs in coverage, and not being able to get within a condor’s wingspan of the quarterback, how are you NOT having fun? You make millions of dollars to MAYBE play 1 game per week for 4-5 months a year while walking around looking like a living, breathing coloring book.
My main take from all of this is this: after their tenure is over, you really don’t hear anything from the folks who succeeded and played well in New England. Sure, you hear a ton of stuff about how it’s a “business first atmosphere,” and how Bill Belichick runs a tight ship and expects a lot from his players, but it always leads back to that being the main reason for their continued success. It takes a certain level of crazy or complete dishonesty within yourself to think that you’re going to be as successful at anything as the Patriots are at winning football games without sometimes having a tough time. Winning is fun, but you don’t have to be in the NFL to know that losing is not. Don’t believe me?
McCourty laughed at players on other teams who said it’s not fun playing for the Patriots: “We’ve got a couple guys here who were in Cleveland and went 0-16. They said that wasn’t fun.”
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) May 31, 2018
And boom goes the dynamite.
I’ll be real with you, Chief. It is totally possible that playing for New England CAN and DOES suck at times. Isn’t every job like that though? Some days are great and others are not, but in the end, we’re all glad to be working, right? Honestly, ask and answer yourself this: How frequently do people who work full-time have legitimate fun at their jobs? It’s probably even less than that.
Cassius Marsh should be grateful Belichick gave up 5th and 7th round draft picks to acquire him, as it put at least a little value on his name. He should thank the Patriots for giving him a platform to display his talents, as futile as they were. He should be begging for forgiveness from the fans for never living up to anyone’s expectations, as minuscule as they were. Instead, after making his incredible unpopular opinion public, he doubled down on his feelings in a comment made to ProFootballTalk.com.
“I just want to address all you Patriots fans who don’t like this new article. I’m sorry to hurt your feelings. Seems to be breaking your heart. But if you can’t handle the truth, stay off my page. Don’t read articles. That’s how I felt. That’s how I still feel and I’m grateful to be away from there, grateful to be where I’m at.”
Imagine thinking the fan base you embarrassed yourself in front of wants you to address them? EL OH EL. You must have confused Patriots fans with some other delusional fan base. We had no idea where you signed, we didn’t pay attention to your amazing 10 tackles and 2 sacks in those really important December games with the Niners, and frankly, we don’t care where you are now because you didn’t care when you were here. That’s the thing with Patriots fans. We pay no mind to what you do or who you are. If you perform on the field, then we’re cool. If you try your hardest and give the team everything you’ve got, then you’re embraced. But taking shots, six months after your release, because you let down the squad that took a shot on you, while also claiming you “confronted” Belichick and “basically” asked to get cut? What a joke. Spew your opinion as freely as you want, but in my opinion, you’re just another forgotten football player using the Patriots for attention. Oldest move in the book.
Just a quick apology to WTP loyalists and my readers: I’ll never write 1000 words on a player like Cassius Marsh ever again. You have my word. I am sorry.