Is this a legitimate question? Am I gonna get lynched here? Why is it that Adam, Willie, and Troy, all loyal long-time employees, feel "betrayed" by the silent treatment from Belichick? Why is it that Givens wasted no time in taking the first bus out of town? Isn't this scenario exactly what happened in Cleveland, as described in David Halberstam's book? As Halberstam wrote, it was not just the releasing of Bernie Kosar that spelled Belchick's doom, it was the "brutality" with which Kosar was dismissed. To answer my own question , the response is clearly no. The situations are very different. Bernie Kosar was being sent to the pasture while the Pats players here are going to other teams for more lucrative deals. But on the surface, Belichick's silent treatment must be unsettling to players like Troy and Willie. .