Michael Bennett read books during Seahawks team meetings in 2017

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Here’s something not to do at work: When the boss calls everyone together for a meeting that will cover ground he has covered many times before, don’t bring a good book to read. Or a bad book to read. Or any book to read.

Former Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett didn’t follow this tip from Michael Scott’s Somehow I ManageIndeed, Bennett told Greg Bishop of SI.com (and Bishop shared the tale on 710 ESPN in Seattle) that Bennett said he’d read books during team meetings in 2017, because Bennett already had heard the things that coach Pete Carroll was saying.

If you’ve already heard this one before (I hope you’re not reading a book while you’re reading this), there’s a reason for it. Former Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said in the aftermath of his release that veterans on the team had “kind of heard every story, every funny anecdote” from Carroll, making it easier for players who had been there to tune them out.

Carroll brushed off the criticism, saying, “So what else is new? [Editor’s note: Nothing, apparently.] Sherm has been saying stuff his whole career, so this is nothing different. I’ve been through so much of what he has said, I take it all with a grain of salt. He’s just battling. He’s just trying to figure it out.”

It’s one thing for a guy like Sherman who has heard it all before to sit there quietly and listen to a Pete repeat. It’s another for a guy like Bennett to show open disinterest/defiance by reading books. That’s not the kind of message veteran players should be sending in any setting, since it confuses younger players regarding whether they, too, should have low regard for the things the man supposedly in charge of the locker room is saying (and, in turn, for the man himself).

So, basically, when Bennett suggested last year that he had seen the writing on the wall about his future in Seattle, Bennett himself had helped put it there by paying too much attention to the writing on the pages he was reading instead of giving his head coach the respect and attention he deserved.

61 responses to “Michael Bennett read books during Seahawks team meetings in 2017

  1. Sounds like the Hawks did the right thing getting rid of a couple loud mouth know-it-alls.

    Go ahead, sleep on the Hawks this year.

  2. Remember all the dynasty talk coming out of Seattle after their one super bowl win?

  3. I am a 58 year long Eagles fan! Every time I hear about Bennett it gets worse and worse. I did not like him to begin with but a knowledges he was a great football player. His signing to The Eagles is in complete contrast to The Eagles environment and team chemistry. I know Eagles fan won’t like my comment but this guy truly worries me as an Eagles fan. Just bad vibes from this guy way too much. As a NFL fan in general he does not help the league at all!

  4. The fact that the coaches didn’t immediately kick him out of the room and send him home shows a total lack of leadership.

  5. “The I in team: how to properly evaluate yourself” by Terrell Eldorado Owens is a great book.

  6. At work our highest level manager (who reports to the CEO) gives some really boring presentations. Since I want to keep my job I attend and try and pay attention, or at least try to avoid looking bored. I’d love to read a book, but I know it would harm my career. IF I was an NFL player making millions for a short period of time, I’d try and put up with some boring lectures.
    I’d also try avoiding assaulting elderly women. Especially those in wheelchairs.

  7. Recently the Patriots were criticized by many including Eagles players and fans for being to strict and “not having fun like us”. Well, you can see with Seattle how having a loosy-goosy team works to build a lasting dominant team.

  8. Pete forgot he’s in the NFL, where players’ life spans are longer than the 2-3 years of college players. He can’t keep spitting out the same nonsense expecting players to buy in.

  9. redlikethepig says:
    April 19, 2018 at 6:47 am
    The Bennett brothers never do the right thing. It’s the family motto.

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    Actually in NE Marty was completely differentt. He was respectful and attentative to the staff. Worked hard. Good team mate. Played hard and well in the games. He was completely committed to the team. Off the field he was not getting in trouble, He was kind of nice to have around the community for how he treated fans around the area, how he worked with youth groups (a ton). I get it that things were not so well in other places where the reports are not so good, but in NE he was great.

  10. Any chance we can get Vinny Curry back and drop this malcontent? I didn’t like the trade to begin with, and everything that we have seen since points to a guy simply not worth having on your team.

  11. Bennett’s act got tiresome and stale. The guy never seemed to want to correct his penchant for jumping offsides.

  12. Yeah, but it wasn’t his fault. It was the cop’s fault. They made him read in meetings.

  13. Any word on if he brought crayons as well, and whether he brought the 8 pack or the 64 pack with the sharpener? I need to know because I have a meeting with my boss in a couple of hours and I need to know the proper etiquette.

  14. Another NFL story that hurts the league. Daily stories of tools like Bennett far out weight anything positive for the Not For Long league. Was he reading a book written by Neil Downer?

  15. It only takes a few bad apples…….the stuff we know about Bennett is disturbing.

    Just think of all the stuff we don’t know…..Yikes!

  16. lol – nice to see this site has now turned on Coach Carroll and the Seahawks organization. yes bennett and sherman are the first two names that come to mind when the word class is mentioned.

  17. I don’t know what’s worse. Bennett’s arrogance or Carroll’s coaching style.

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    Pete Carroll got to Seattle and turned that team around and made them a yearly Contender going to back-to-back Super Bowls. Unless you’re the Patriots your team has not done as well as Seattle over the last 6 years.

    A horrible year for the Seahawks now is 9 – 7. What was San Francisco’s record last year..6-10?

    As a Seahawks fan I love Pete Carroll. It’s guys like Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett that are showing us now why the Seahawks were not the dynasty people said they’d be. They got full of themselves and lost the hunger. Started acting disrespectful and became social justice Warriors.

    Bye!

  18. rjth2012 says:
    April 19, 2018 at 7:21 am
    I am a 58 year long Eagles fan! Every time I hear about Bennett it gets worse and worse. I did not like him to begin with but a knowledges he was a great football player. His signing to The Eagles is in complete contrast to The Eagles environment and team chemistry. I know Eagles fan won’t like my comment but this guy truly worries me as an Eagles fan. Just bad vibes from this guy way too much. As a NFL fan in general he does not help the league at all!
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    @rjth2012 – As a fellow life-long Eagles fan, I couldn’t agree more. To quote Jim Schwartz “You do dumbass things, pretty soon, you’re going to be labeled as a dumbass”. There’s only so much you can defend and make excuses for a guy. How do you think Bennet reading a book in the Eagle’s meeting room would go over with this current group of players? Can you picture Wentz or Jenkins standing for something like that? It also goes to show you how much Pete Carroll lost his locker room and why both Bennett & Sherman both had to go.

  19. thrifty says:
    April 19, 2018 at 7:14 am
    Remember all the dynasty talk coming out of Seattle after their one super bowl win?

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    Yup…..that talk all moved to Philadelphia

  20. this makes the tie cutting w Bennett (and Sherman too) more understandable. Carroll is a player’s coach – but he’s also always been a buy-in-or-get-out coach too. If you’re reading books during meetings, you are not about the team.

    Sounds like getting rid of him was something that needed to be done.

  21. I hope that Coach(s) were not not aware of this activity and let it slide. If so, bad deal. Understand why getting him out of the team locker room is necessary, but unacceptable behavior need be addressed timely. Very disappointing to hear for both leadership and Bennett.

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