Former Patriot says he “hated” his time in New England

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Many veteran players clamor to get to New England, thinking it gives them a chance at a ring.

But for at least one younger player, getting out of there might have saved his career.

Now-49ers defensive end Cassius Marsh said he “hated” his time with the Patriots.

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?” Marsh said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “It made me for the first time in my life think about not playing football because I hated it that much.”

Of course, a reasonable response from the Patriots might be that they didn’t enjoy Marsh all that much either, as he had one sack in the nine games he was sentenced there, after they traded a fifth-round pick to the Seahawks for him.

“I confronted [coach Bill Belichick] about all the things that were going on,” Marsh said. “I won’t get into detail, but it was B.S. things they were doing. I just wasn’t a fan. And so I, basically, without asking to get cut, I kind of asked to get cut.

“I had confidence that I would have an opportunity elsewhere and I would take advantage of it.”

He did something resembling that, with two sacks and two forced fumbles in six games with the 49ers, and they gave him a two-year contract extension in February. And ostensibly, made him feel happy and valued.

66 responses to “Former Patriot says he “hated” his time in New England

  1. This over paid cry baby should realize that it is work….and work is not supposed to be fun. They get paid millions to win not have “fun.”

  2. I don’t really have fun at work too but it pays the bills. He’ll be reevaluating how much fun he wants vs. how much he wants to win a SB towards the end of his career.

  3. Yup, Hoodie is all business and that wins championchips. He doesnt care if the players are having fun or not. But, the players have had enough of his all business style, including Brady. This is most likely his last season…in NE anyway.

  4. DE Marsh only got hired onto that 2017 Pats D at all because it was severely IR-depleted (4 starting D line and 2 secondaries out before wk1!) – soon followed by 2 LBs including captain Hightower, plus other D men playing injured. Despite that D line missing 4 regulars and carrying injuries to its 2nd & 3rd-stringers, he wasn’t good enough to get on the field.

  5. well good for him, hopefully the 49ers gave him some flowery words of encouragement and patted him on the head. Good grief, when did NFL players become so weak minded. If i go to a team thats all about winning, who cares how they get the job done, straighten up and fly right. If he’s that weak minded he may want to take up a different career.

  6. So a young kid is on his third team and he’s blaming the patriots way for his failings? It must suck being held accountable for yourself at work. Wish my skins had the patriots way because the inmates running the asylum doesn’t work for the majority of teams.

  7. “They don’t have fun there. They actually treat it like a job and focus on getting better as a team and winning”

  8. who? anyways, so did reggie wayne, because he had to work hard to make the roster. im assuming thats the part marsh hated too.

  9. And Patriot fans hated his time in New England too since he was a waste of a roster spot.

  10. Well I don’t enjoy watching players who aren’t very good at their job. So it’s all good 🙂

  11. “I am not interested in winning or perfecting my craft I just want to screw around.”

    Says the company Brown Noser.
    EVERY workplace has one.

  12. Yeah I totally wanted to get cut. Honest.

    Meanwhile, Marquis Flowers says he’s loving his time there. One was playing, one wasn’t. That’s the difference.

  13. Hey Cassius, would you have preferred if Belichick placed a swing set on the practice field so you could play on that instead of practicing?

  14. nhpats says:
    May 28, 2018 at 8:46 am
    “They don’t have fun there. They actually treat it like a job and focus on getting better as a team and winning


    I once worked for a VP of a huge technology company, never had fun there either, must be a NE thing.

  15. In no way did he confront Belichick. Not a chance. I’d be surprised if Belichick even took the meeting

  16. I figured Marsh just wasn’t a good fit, which is obvious, and it happens, but I had no idea that he was a little cupcake.

  17. Winning, and competing for championships EVERY freaking year is hard. The pressure to win the Super Bowl is immense in NE because anything less is considered failure. Not every player can deal with this, better players have come and gone saying the same thing. If you’re a guy who doesn’t just want to win, but absolutely burns to win (and despises losing), and are willing to pay the price for winning every practice, every workout, every game, you’ll love NE because that’s the entire culture. If that’s not who you are, you’ll hate it. It’s definitely not for everyone.

  18. There’s not enough details here to form a good opinion. What sort of BS did he think he was seeing? How much did he play to get one sack? Did he fool around and not work or was he going to take the spot of a popular player? I mean the permutations are limitless. But it does a good job of stirring the pot, not much else.

  19. We never got popsicles on hot days…coach never took us to the movies when it rained…..on snowy days we couldn’t build snowmen….we just always had to practice and be focused on winning… this guy sounds like a butthurt player that got cut….not a fan of the pats but what they are doing works, fun or not…so Cassius,I think your complaints are falling on deaf ears, but at least you feel better about getting cut.

  20. Have no clue who this guy is, but to all those saying he’s soft and all he should do is care about winning… it sure seems Brady is saying the same things lately (albeit in a roundabout way, since he’s still employed there), and I haven’t seen a more selfless, driven guy (as much as I don’t like him) as Mr. Bunchen. So, what will Pats fans say when Brady is finally retired and puts Bellacheat on full blast? Cause it sure seems to be headed in that direction.

  21. This guy sucks. Honestly, these comments are why he sucks and got traded, not being a fit.

    John Lynch is under a serious microscope with all if this hype he has manufactured in a very short amount of time there.

    Why do people act like SF is some great team??

  22. riverhorsey says:
    May 28, 2018 at 9:51 am
    He says all that and won’t give us the BS details ? That’s pretty weak.

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    It’s because there are no details.

    The Pats are so great as a dynasty, if they lose a super bowl (god forbid), it becomes a piling on party into june, 6 months later.

    It is simply stunning how they live rent free in people’s heads even into the NFC.

    Meanwhile, free agents and winners love playing there and bang down the door to get there. The key word there is “winners”.

  23. yeah because regular people with regular jobs have SOOOO much fun at work!


    Oh .. and we don’t get paid $150K + to be on the practice squad and never mind the players that make that per game.

  24. That’s the second dumb thing he’s said. If it wasn’t for the Patriots giving him a chance, no one would even know who Cassius Marsh is and it is very unlikely he would have a job in SF. The guy has started 2 NFL games in his career. 2!!

  25. He didn’t enjoy his time as a Patriot?

    We didn’t enjoy it either—he was horrible so Belichick severed ties with him. His opinion isn’t relevant. It’s not like he had a long, productive affiliation as a player here. Then, his comments might resonate. He played for country-club Pete Carroll prior to that in Seattle anyway. Maybe it’s a shock to the system when you come to a team that works hard and expects much?

    Hard eye-roll on this “story.”

  26. It’s not weak mindedness. Every human being in the world wants to feel valued and know that they matter. I agree that being around someone or a business that is always in “business-mode” is no fun. It’s a drag, it’s stressful and it doesn’t help productivity. In fact it hurts it. If a person can’t enjoy what they’re doing, then why do it? I don’t. The best leaders are those who people love to work for and why do people love to work for them, because they let themselves be humans and not machines. The best things in life are fun and enjoyable to do. Lighten up everyone!

  27. Is there any doubt that Marsh’s 15 min of fame is because he played for the Patriots? This would be a non-story if he played for any other team. Capitalizing on his time with the Patriots to try and generate a social media following I guess.

  28. I love how all the patriots lovers are bashing him because he tells the truth. Amendola said the same thing, so did Jamie Collins.
    As a fan, of course you like winning, thats not shocking. As a player who has to LIVE in it, it’s their choice where they want to play.
    For all the people saying it’s a job and it isn’t supposed to be fun, maybe you should re evaluate as it is possible to enjoy your time, work hard and get paid.

  29. The whole point of watching sports is to be entertained. You have to be a different level of miserable to want to be entertained live by someone who isn’t having fun.

  30. I love how all the patriots lovers are bashing him because he tells the truth. Amendola said the same thing, so did Jamie Collins.


    And yet Amendola would have stayed there if the Pats offered him the same amount of cash as the Dolphins. Funny how that works. Watch him this year, I give him about 30-40 catches for about 400 yards and maybe 5 tds. He will be out of the league in 2 years. BB used him right. The Fish won’t.

    And Collins, that guys was ad-libbing plays all over the field before he got traded. He played in 6 games last year for an 0-16 team…..think he was having fun there?

  31. Cassius Marsh? Sorry but I have never heard of you.

    Hey Marsh, go get a real job in the real world and tell us how much fun you’re having.

  32. if Marsh did not have fun with the Pats, that does not mean that other Patriots players did not have fun. Cassius Marsh does not realize that he is speaking for himself, not for all Patriot players.

  33. Just may be you were not good enough for patriots! I mean you lasted all of 2 months! Try and make the roster with your current team, before you open your mouth.

  34. crush22 says:
    May 28, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Not everybody is cut out for cheating.

    Exactly, crush22. The Pats don’t win because they work harder. They win because of the cheating, and because the NFL favors them.

  35. jbsptfn says:
    May 29, 2018 at 9:06 am
    crush22 says:
    May 28, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Not everybody is cut out for cheating.

    Exactly, crush22. The Pats don’t win because they work harder. They win because of the cheating, and because the NFL favors them.
    Clearly. That’s why they manufactured a multi-million dollar make up call. Because they favor them. LOL

  36. bannedfromchoirpractice says:

    May 28, 2018 at 10:34 am

    I respect a player who wants no part of a culture of cheating.


    Huh? He was with Seattle for most of his career.

  37. crush22 says:
    May 28, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Not everybody is cut out for cheating.


    He was a Seahawk for most of his career, research helps.

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