The NFL has seen a fair share of news lately, particularly the New England Patriots. Recently releasing Cam Newton was something in and of itself, but a former Patriots cornerback also threw shade at Bill Belichick.
Asante Samuel, the cornerback in question, tweeted that in his opinion, Belichick is “just another coach” without Brady.
Considering many regard Belichick as one of the greatest coaches in NFL history, this comment has raised some eyebrows. Appearing a day later on ESPN’s First Take, Samuel elaborated on his position. “It is what it is. He hasn’t shown that he is a great coach — to me — because he had the greatest player of all time.”
Attributing Bill Belichick’s success to Brady, Samuel says Belichick needs to prove he can succeed wherever he is, like Brady did.
“In my head, this is a competition between Tom Brady and Belichick. … Tom Brady has already shown that he can win wherever he goes. Through adversity, through a pandemic, getting kicked off fields, barely having any practice, I didn’t expect him to win the Super Bowl and he won the Super Bowl. Now, what I’m saying is, anyone can coach Tom and win a Super Bowl. Now, [Belichick] will have to show — in my eyes — in order to be great in my opinion, you have to show you can do that without [Brady].”
Though a fair point, hosts of the show pressed Samuel by citing Belichick’s record without Brady. His resume includes two Super Bowl titles and an 11-5 record lacking Brady’s help, which is certainly impressive.
Samuel retorts the word “great” is thrown around too casually and you have to “do some special things” to be worthy of the word. With a new Patriots quarterback, now is the time for Belichick to change Samuel’s mind.
Former Patriots Quarterback Scott Zolak Apologizes After Saying Rap Music Distracted Cam Newton At Practice
Recently speaking on “The Sports Hub” 98.5 in Boston, former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak stated rap music frequently distracted Cam Newton during practice. However, Sunday he issued a full apology.
“That’s something I know that’s drawn attention for being racially insensitive,” Zolak said Sunday. “I’m sorry for that comment, I didn’t need to make that comment. I should not even ever bring any sort of music into play because I have no clue what’s going on in a player’s head. It’s been a rough last couple of days here, and I wanted to do this on air. It’s the first time I’ve been on air since Thursday.”
Zolak also noted he spoke with Newton during the team’s travel Saturday and he was “nothing but class.”
Apparently hashing out Zolak’s comments, the former quarterback added “he handled it perfect.” A class act, indeed, as the media had no problems calling Zolak out on his words.