Former Patriots Wide Receiver Danny Amendola Takes Swipe at Bill Belichick

by Chris Haney

On Monday, former New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola criticized his old coach Bill Belichick while praising former teammate and quarterback Tom Brady.

Amendola joined the hosts of FS1’s First Things First yesterday and spoke about his former team. The receiver had numerous productive seasons in New England and won two Super Bowls between 2013 and 2017. However, when asked about the famous “Patriot Way” and the team’s two-decade-long dynasty, Amendola took a shot at Belichick. Additionally, he said that Brady and the players deserve more credit for New England’s success than the coaching staff.

“When you see the ‘Patriot Way’ in the dictionary, it’s gonna have Tom Brady’s name next to it,” Amendola explained. “None of those coaches threw any passes, none of those coaches caught any passes, none of those coaches made any tackles. They got guys in the right position ’cause they watch a lot of film and they spend all their time at the facility. But Tom Brady is the Patriot Way. And that’s the reason Tom Brady’s in the Super Bowl right now and the Patriots aren’t.”

In 2018, while playing for the Miami Dolphins, Amendola took another swipe at his former coach. During a Barstool Sports podcast interview, the receiver compared Belichick to “an unlikeable high school principal.”

Tom Brady’s Dad Seemingly Criticizes Bill Belichick

Tom Brady’s former teammates aren’t the only critics of Bill Belichick in recent history. Even Brady’s father has jumped on the bandwagon.

Last week, Tom Sr. spoke with the Boston Herald about his son and his time with the Patriots organization. Brady’s dad complimented owner Robert Kraft, but aimed a subtle dig at Belichick.

“I’m guessing he’s on a little bit of a hot seat right now,” Tom Sr. said of Belichick and the Patriots subpar season.

New England finished their season at 7-9 and missed out on the playoffs, which was a rarity before Brady left town. In contrast, Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are playing for a Super Bowl title this coming weekend. Brady’s dad simply thinks it was time for his son to move on this past offseason.

“They had a great 20-year run, as good a run as anybody has ever had. Without disparaging Bill in any way, I just think it was time. That doesn’t minimize what Bill did. As we saw last night (with the Green Bay Packers), the coaches can screw up the game.”