When the New England Patriots traded for defensive end Michael Bennett earlier this month, rumors started swirling that his brother Martellus would come out of retirement to play with him in Foxboro.
Martellus, a key contributor for the 2016 Super Bowl champions, was once quoted saying he “would love” playing with Michael.
That rumor came ended Sunday when Martellus took to Instagram explaining why he won’t return to the NFL in 2019.
Since retirement, Bennett devoted time to the “Imagination Agency”, a company he founded focusing on children’s education with creative literature. He wrote his first book entitled “Dear Black Boy” last year.
On Thursday, the New England Patriots trade with Philadelphia Eagles became official, and defensive end Michael Bennett became the second Bennett brother to play in Foxboro.
Speaking with Megan O’Brien of Patriots.com, Bennett discussed his feelings about his new team.
“I used to hate the Patriots. I’d hate it because they’d win so much. I’d hate it because Tom Brady’s hair was long. I’d hate it that [Bill] Belichick would wear sweaters. But now that I’m here, I love you. I love Tom Brady’s hair.”
“I love being a Patriot because, obviously, it’s all about winning. I think everything about the organization is about team-first. It’s just about doing what you need to do to get to where we want to go as a group. I think I love that.”
The Patriots traded the Eagles a 2020 fifth round pick for Bennett and a 2020 seventh rounder.
Bennett played in all 16 regular season games for Philadelphia in 2018, registering nine sacks, 34 tackles and two forced fumbles.
In two playoff games, Bennett had seven tackles and one sack.
On Thursday, Bennett shared his excitement for a new start in New England over Twitter and Instagram.
Michael’s brother Martellus, who won a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2016, shared a congratulatory message on his Instagram page.
For the past two weeks, a Twitter account going by the name “@Corey28Dillon” made its rounds under the assumption that former Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots running back joined the social media site.
The account shared “personal” tweets such as these below leading many to believe it was legitimate.
I was Honored and Privileged to play for @Bengals for 6 seasons, Then to play 2 seasons for @Patriots . To sum up my career all I can say is thanks to fans, Family and Teammates for always supporting me:
As the account gained followers and momentum, Dillon’s old Bengals teammate Willie Anderson took notice of the identity stealing impostor and had a video message setup by Dillon himself clarifying it wasn’t who it said it was.
The New England Patriots entered their Week 13 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings looking to keep pace with the Kansas City Chiefs for the top seed in the AFC Playoffs and continue their December dominance into another season.
The Patriots came in at 8-3, while the Vikings, who continue to battle for an NFC Wild Card spot, were 6-4-1.
Despite the Patriots having full control of the game and time of possession, the offense struggled to pull away and the Vikings got back in the game with an Adam Thielen touchdown reception. 10-7 Patriots at halftime.
The score was made possible by a gutsy third down challenge call by Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.
Zimmer's challenge worked out for him. Patriots stopped on third down, and the Vikings will have the ball with 2 minutes remaining in the half.
By beating the Vikings, the Patriots extended their own NFL record for most consecutive winning seasons to 18 straight (2001-2018), the team also moved to 9-3 through 12 games, for the 13th time under Bill Belichick and the eighth-straight year that the team has started the season with a 9-3 or better record.
Seven of those 13 times, the team has advanced to the Super Bowl.
The Patriots will travel south to take on the 6-6 Miami Dolphins at 1:00 next Sunday.
Grateful to celebrate this Father’s Day with my family, including two terrific kids who fill my wife and me with pride and joy, while thinking of so many kids and their dads who aren’t as fortunate. Best to you and yours! pic.twitter.com/wAcBgAsN7i
Over the past week a few more NFL players have come out voicing their thoughts on how tough it is to play in New England under head coach Bill Belichick and shared some criticism of the so-called “Patriot Way” coaching philosophy.
On May 26th, the San Francisco Chronicle published an interview with current 49ers defensive Cassius Marsh, who had strong strong words for Belichick during his brief time in New England last season. Marsh was waived after just nine games last season.
“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.”
Marsh later clarified his comments following backlash from Patriots fans over social media.
“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.” He said via a since deleted video to Reddit.
The negativity didn’t stop there, on Wednesday, Philadelphia Eagles lineman Brandon Brooks called his time with Bill O’Brien, a Belichick protege, “miserable” while he was in Houston with the Texans.
“It’s crazy that people haven’t known this,” said Brooks. “It’s been this way for like a decade. You’ve seen— Reggie Wayne did it. He retired. He went there [to the Patriots] for a training camp and retired. Shit is not fun there. I was under the same regime in Houston [with O’Brien]. I almost retired. Shit was miserable, every day. Every day.”
In response to the latest critics, a few former Patriots took to Twitter to defend their former team while also providing some clarity to the “no fun” comments made by Marsh and Brooks.
Since I’ve been asked so much, yes my time in New England was fun! I had a absolute blast. Everyone has their own unique experience and it might not turn out the way they would like but for me it was special. pic.twitter.com/MLipiJApPn
To clarify, in no way was I tryin to make @KingCash_7191 look bad. I was just giving my opinion on my time in New England. He shouldn’t be treated poorly just because you don’t agree with his opinion. We’re human after all. pic.twitter.com/4t4opIs0BL
We had fun winning our rings, this whole conversation is just stupid. It wasn’t easy, but not easy doesn’t mean not fun. Hard can be rewarding, some people don’t like hard. It is what it is. Old Reggie Wayne & Cassius Marsh as proof [of what?] is just crazy comment section logic.
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.