Blount praises Belichick as “100 percent honest”

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As he starts his second stint with the Patriots, running back LeGarrette Blount says he’s glad to be back with a coach he trusts.

Blount, who had well-publicized problems getting along with coaches in prior stops during his career, said after getting cut by the Steelers and then signed by the Patriots this week that he’s thrilled Belichick thinks enough of him to bring him back to New England.

“It means a lot,” Blount said, via the Boston Herald. “Bill is a straightforward shooter. He’s a 100 percent honest person. I truly believe that if I do what I have to do, I’ll make myself a role on this team. Whatever I have to do, I’m going to do it to be productive. I’m going to stay ready, and whenever they call me to carry the ball, I’m going to go out there and do whatever I can to do to make them comfortable with the decision to bring me back.”

Blount seemed humbled by the events of the past week, in which he was passed over on waivers by every team before the Patriots came calling.

“I’m just happy and excited to be back now,” Blount said. “As you all can see, I’m kind of flustered and at a loss of words, but I’m excited to be back now. It’s going to be fun.”

Belichick doesn’t exactly have a reputation as a fun guy outside New England, but it’s clear that Blount thinks he’s in the right place, with the right coach.

69 responses to “Blount praises Belichick as “100 percent honest”

  1. Doubt he’s done causing problems in his career…but the next time will likely be his last.

  2. Belichick will be blunt with Blount and his “blunts” and he can just as quickly be shown the door as before. You got to hand it to Lord Hoodie that he will do anything he needs to do to improve his football team. The Carolina Panthers could take a good lesson from that. Total disaster of a football team.

  3. Belichick shows the beat writers only one side of him most of the time. Occaisonally he lets his guard down and can be funny, insightful and engaging…
    when he feels like it. Most of the time he just looks like he’s waiting to see the dentist. But the stuff he lets NFL Films see is totally different. Thats the real Belichick. You see a totally different person.

  4. I don’t think he was cut…his contract ended. Belichick was smart not to resign him. There were plenty of RBs on the roster. They get Blount cheap now because of the “salary guaranteed when you make the week one roster” rule. And they get him thankful for the opportunity, which will keep him happy and out of trouble.

  5. I feel very lucky that I have Bill Belichick coaching the team I cheer for.

    Except during news conferences where it would be much more entertaining to have a Rex Ryan or Bill Parcells.

  6. i can garantee you blount and grey will be used to ware out defences, and blount will help out on return punts

  7. In an NFL where every playcall, waiver claim, draft choice and sweatshirt decision is viewed through the media’s Hubble Telescope, Belichick is virtually unquestioned by Patriots fans.

    His record of averaging over 12 wins per season from 2001 to the current season is remarkable, considering the salary cap and injuries.

    For those who say ” He ain’t wun nuttin’ in ten years” , consider this : Every Patriots game since 2001 has had playoff implications. The Patriots are not built for one season only. They’re built to be in the hunt perennially.
    .

  8. He’s perfect for that organization. Cheaters, murderers and now drug users. It is the Patriot way..!

  9. If honest means, “If you screw up even a little bit, I’ll punt your butt through the goalposts and out of the stadium” then maybe Blount’s got a chance to be successful. Make no mistake though, this is probably his last chance.

    Go Steelers!

  10. He’s a good back with a bad attitude. The cutting by Pitt was probably the best thing for him as far as attitude goes. I loved having him backing up Bell, but he was a me first player.

    He will surely do good things in NE if he can keep his head in check

  11. Breaking News!:

    The Patriots threw in a ham sammich and a bag of chips along with the peanuts that they’re going to pay LeGarrette Blount!

  12. Guys a complete turd. Had one good game. Fumbled a couple weeks ago then had 5 carries for 0 yards vs the jets including the worst goal line run EVER (-8 yards).

    Then bell comes out the next week and dominates the titans and blount is SHOCKED he isnt getting carries?

    Like a 6 yr old, he leaves the team early and skips out of the locker room. Sorry, you should play based on performance, not what a coaches plans were for you during free agency.

  13. no you’re both wrong never in the history of the league has the nfl taking such legal heat the 5 percent of jerks and criminal offenders shouldn’t cast a shadow over 95 percent of men who do there job without problems. …secondly Blount is a good back coaches need to exercise a little patients and understanding with some people he had a really rough time of it every player and situation isn’t the same

  14. So, Tomlin is a liar ? Not surprising.

    @bmoreb…..that’s rich a Raven fan talking about lying. Can’t wait for the investigation of the ravens action during the Rice fiasco….you want lying it starts when a Raven official lips move.

    Hopefully the Steelers helped Blount grow up but I doubt it and the Pats aren’t being nice so they don’t get praise.

  15. “So why did Bill cut him in the offseason?”

    He wasn’t cut his contract was done at the end of last year. Belichick refused to overpay him like the Steelers did so he went to Pittsburgh.

    Unfortunately for Blount, he needs to be in a place with strong coaching and player leadership to keep him in line. The Pats have that the Steelers clearly don’t.

  16. Until he doesn’t get as many carries as he wants, then it all changes, and he’s back on the bus before everyone else. I would have liked to seen the steelers keep this guy if he was a team player but no team needs a selfish player blunt because that’s what he obviously is.

  17. Mr. Blount, while you sing the praises of this coach just remember they didn’t even offer you a contract to stay last off season. They just took you off the scrap heap. That’s how they valued you all along.

  18. Blount seemed to thrive in an organization with a lot of “structure”. He’s back, we’ll see how it plays out.

    The Pat’s will cut him in a heart beat if he acts up. And he knows it.

  19. Blount wasn’t “cut” from NE, Steelers offered him more money, so he signed there after his contract was up. Fans were disappointed, but most wished him well.

    NE has a strong locker room, and the strongest coach in the NFL….Blount will do right, or he’ll be gone, it’s really his decision.

    A jet’s fan laughing at what NE does is…help me with a word. The one I’m thinking of can’t be posted here.

  20. The guy above who said the Patriots are built to be in it for the long haul hit the nail on the head. Every year the Pats fans enjoy weekend after weekend of exciting games and mostly wins, all of which lead up to the playoffs and the occasional Super Bowl (6 times in 17 years).

    Every year.

  21. Oh come on, he has been a (talented) pain in the arse his ENTIRE career, including college. Enough platitudes – stop acting like a child and play football.

  22. Blount is a one dimensional back. He’s terrible in goal line situations, he can’t catch, and by far the worst of all…he can’t pick up the blitz. If you give him 10-12 carries, he will have a run worthy of an ESPN highlight. But, if he’s on the field during a passing down, the sack that occurs when he fails to make a block will also make the ESPN highlight reel. There is a reason he changed teams five times already. And, while some of it may be his attitude, I think NFL teams are willing to put up with a lot if your a real baller. What they won’t put up with is having to punt and pick their QB up off the ground because you missed a blocking assignment…..again!

  23. All teams had the opportunity to sign LeGarrette, but most coaches were scared that he could be difficult to manage. However, Bill Belichick again shows why he’s the greatest NFL coach. He is prepared to give this player a second chance.
    He tries hard to hide it, but Bill Belichick has a very kind heart – he expects results and holds his players accountable.

    In Bill we trust.

  24. mizzousooner says:
    Nov 22, 2014 10:13 AM
    So why did Bill cut him in the offseason?

    Belichick did not cut Blount. Blount was a free-agent, the Pats made an offer, the Steelers offered more money and Blount went to the Steelers.

  25. ccvikings75 says:
    Nov 22, 2014 10:33 AM
    He’s perfect for that organization. Cheaters, murderers and now drug users. It is the Patriot way..!

    ———————————————————–

    If so, that would be modeled after the Viking Way, wouldn’t it?

    Oh wait, we don’t have any child abusers.

  26. “Mr. Blount, while you sing the praises of this coach just remember they didn’t even offer you a contract to stay last off season”

    Actually they did offer him a contract, it was just less than the Steelers offered.

    And BigBenOwns… have respect for what ? A team the Pats have owned the whole time Brady and Belichick have been here ? Or for the sexual assault artist you have your screen name for ? Yeah right.

  27. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Nov 22, 2014 10:21 AM

    HA HA HA… I need a good belly laugher this morning…

    You shouldn’t have to look to far, chief. Just watch your team on Sundays.

  28. Straight shooting seems to be missing in Pittsburgh especially considering that Bruce Arians (one of the straightest shooters, at least with his players) was “retired”

  29. Smart move by the patriots to pick him up, but maybe he’s been the problem not his coaches. I’m all for second chances, but after 10 chances this guy still doesn’t get it and he still blames others for his problems.

  30. The guy above who said the Patriots are built to be in it for the long haul hit the nail on the head. Every year the Pats fans enjoy weekend after weekend of exciting games and mostly wins, all of which lead up to the playoffs and the occasional Super Bowl (6 times in 17 years).

    Every year.
    ———————
    Just not in the last decade and a half or so.

  31. Uglydingo writes…”All teams had the opportunity to sign LeGarrette, but most coaches were scared that he could be difficult to manage. However, Bill Belichick again shows why he’s the greatest NFL coach.”
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    I’m not saying Belichick is not one of the best coaches in the NFL, actually I think he is. But, signing Blount is not evidence of that. Blount is an average player at best. The Pats are thin at RB and Blount is familiar with the offense, so it’s kind of a no brainer. While there are other teams thin at RB (the Broncos come to mind), Blount is not familiar with their offense. And, since Blount has historically struggled with blocking assignments throughout his career, I can see why teams stayed away from picking up a player midway through the season who is not familiar with their offense. And, while Blount may be a knucklehead, I don’t think that’s the reason 31 teams passed on him. It’s a simple matter of X’s and O’s. Blount is of little value at this point in the season to most teams. But, because of the injuries at the RB position in New England, and because Blount is familiar with the scheme, he can be of value to the Pats. This doesn’t make Belichick a genius….just practical. It doesn’t make other coaches/GMs any less intelligent than Belichick either. They too, are just being practical.

  32. I can put up with a lot of nonsense players pull because most have egos bigger than the goal post and have been pampered their entire lives because they have more athletic ability than brains, so some don’t know how to act. But when you intentionally bail on your team, your fellow players who depend on you, and the fans that pay your paycheck, you are less than worthless. He is scared deathless right now because of what he did and is merely happy to have a paycheck now, so he will say anything to kiss the Pat’s rear ends for giving him his possible last chance. Good riddance you idiot. We don’t need you and I hope we play against you in the playoffs so the Steelers can show you how they feel about you, if you don’t get cut before then.

    Steeler fan

  33. Blount won’t do much in NE but carry a roster spot. This was an opportunity to give him a chance to play football again in a system he has been already in because nobody else gave him a shot. If Blount learned anything its don’t leave the field till the game is over. I expect he’ll be sitting on the sidelines most of the game like he was in Pittsburgh.

  34. Blount runs hard and will provide cheap depth at running back for the Patriots during the home stretch and the push for home field throughout.

    BUT, what he did in Pittsburgh was ridiculous. Even if he felt as though the coaching staff had lied to him about playing time you don’t quit on your teammates.

  35. Blount said, “I truly believe that if I do what I have to do, I’ll make myself a role on this team. Whatever I have to do, I’m going to do it to be productive. I’m going to stay ready, and whenever they call me to carry the ball, I’m going to go out there and do whatever I can to do to make them comfortable with the decision to bring me back.”

    This dude has ZERO CREDIBILITY now. If he did this when he was with the Steelers he’d still be there.

    His quotes imply that what happened in Pittsburgh wasn’t his fault. Sure, like Tomlin lied to him. Blount KNEW he was back-up RB when he went there.

    This is his last chance so he’s saying all the right things. But a leopard can’t change its spots. This guy will quickly wear out his welcome and that’ll be the end of his NFL career.

  36. Blount did a good job with the Pats last year both on and off the field I am sure he will be doing just fine this Season.

  37. Great move on Blounts part. Knowing new england receives special treatment due to being Goodells favorite team maybe he will not be suspended now. Smart fellow.

  38. The Patriots like to run the ball when the weather gets colder, and Blount has already proven that he can provide the hard-nosed style of running that will be necessary in December and January.

    He rushed 100 times for 570 yards (5.7 yards per carry) with nine touchdowns in December and January last season. (Bleacher Report)

  39. Blount’s behavior in Pitt was reprehensible-ish, and has led to a minor but very real uptick in the Patriots’ depth. He has proven capable of contributing in this offense, particularly at this time of the season when the weather turns. Having two sturdy, big running backs to slam into the line, get some yards and move the chains can be seen only as a solid plus or New England. And he’s capable of big plays in that role and in the kick return game. Rich get (a tiny bit) richer.

    A bit of a no brainer for BB, but a good, smart move nonetheless.

  40. When he was with the Pats it seemed he always ripped off five or six yards a carry. I loved the guy and was sorry to see him go. When Ridley went down some Pats fans were saying we should trade with the Steelers to get him back. Now he has dropped right back into our laps! Welcome back Blount!!

  41. The Patriots under Belichick are a perennial contender. The Steelers under Tomlin continue to regress into mediocrity. As Chuck Noll once said, “It’s not my job to motivate players. It’s my job to take motivated players and give them direction”. Belichick does this as well as anyone. Having said that, Tomlin did the only thing he could do with regard to the rest of the team. Blount failed as a man in Pittsburgh.

  42. @ cosmicconvoy…you know other than having divorced his wife, his kids pretty much idolize him right? His oldest son is an assistant on his staff for Christ sakes.

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