Chase Winovich: I’m a rookie, so I’ll shut my mouth and try to make the team

AP

Playing for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan, defensive end Chase Winovich was known for brash comments. Now that he’s a rookie playing for Bill Belichick in New England, he’s taking a more tight-lipped approach.

But Winovich says that’s less about following Belichick’s lead than about realizing that rookies need to know their place.

“I don’t know if it’s so much the Patriots,” Winovich told USA Today. “I’m a rookie. Being vocal, especially in the media, being a blinking light, is not what I aim to be right now. My goal is to make the 53-man roster and contribute to this team in a positive way.”

Winovich isn’t planning to let the NFL completely silence him, but he does realize that there are others in the locker room who have more of a place to be vocal.

“I wouldn’t say ‘put a lid on it,’ but you have to be a little more strategic,” Winovich said. “Turn the dial back a little bit. It’s just a matter of playing football now. This is professional. This isn’t college anymore. And I’m a rookie.”

That’s just the kind of talk Belichick will appreciate hearing.

25 responses to “Chase Winovich: I’m a rookie, so I’ll shut my mouth and try to make the team

  1. Well, how often are Rookies making headlines during OTAs for being a loudmouth?
    It’s a synthetic humble-brag.

  2. I like this dude. He definitely has the making of another great team player for the Pats.

  3. Humble. I dig it. But if in you’re jeopardy of not making the team, make sure you have a “fall guy” to not make the team for you.

    Sincerely,

    Your Rookie Symposium Team Leader- Cris Carter

  4. Sorry, but that’s ridiculous. A team leader is a team leader, regardless whether he’s a rookie or 10 year veteran.

    Because of his personality and intensity, Ray Lewis immediately became a team leader as a rookie in 1996. As he said, it was just natural for him. Seriously, do you think he “silenced” himself just because he was new??? Not a chance.

    Same with Peyton Manning in 1998. Even coach Mora praised how Manning came in put the leadership role on his shoulders and had no problem being vocal with his receivers or linemen.

  5. akira1971 says:
    June 6, 2019 at 11:06 am
    Sorry, but that’s ridiculous. A team leader is a team leader, regardless whether he’s a rookie or 10 year veteran.

    Because of his personality and intensity, Ray Lewis immediately became a team leader as a rookie in 1996. As he said, it was just natural for him. Seriously, do you think he “silenced” himself just because he was new??? Not a chance.

    Same with Peyton Manning in 1998. Even coach Mora praised how Manning came in put the leadership role on his shoulders and had no problem being vocal with his receivers or linemen.
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    Well we’re talking about Chase Winovich here.

  6. Someone (probably Hightower) said, “See these, they are super bowl rings. Coach has a way of doing stuff. It works. We talk with our actions on the field. You want to be loud in the locker room when there are no media around, earn it then go for it.”

  7. He already said way too much. sounds like he thinks once (if) he makes the roster he can work on his “brand” with the media. if so, he won’t be there long. as a fan, I don’t care about his opinions on anything. like Teddy always said – just play!

  8. danieli007 says:
    June 6, 2019 at 11:15 am
    Kid better start lifting
    ++++++++++++++
    Your right. Because right now is the right time to start lifting. Not months ago but right now.

  9. youngnoize says: “Well we’re talking about Chase Winovich here.”
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    Any player can be a team leader. REGARDLESS OF DRAFT POSITION. Especially on a team with a 6th round pick Tom Brady no less.

  10. youngnoize says:
    June 6, 2019 at 11:07 am
    What are rookies supposed to say?
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    Yes sir, no sir, I don’t know sir.

  11. dartmouthstevens says: “Someone (probably Hightower) said, “See these, they are super bowl rings. Coach has a way of doing stuff. It works. We talk with our actions on the field. You want to be loud in the locker room when there are no media around, earn it then go for it.”
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    2010 Patriots rookie Rob Gronkowski says, “What?”

  12. “Sorry, but that’s ridiculous. A team leader is a team leader, regardless whether he’s a rookie or 10 year veteran.”

    Opening your mouth to the media as a rookie has absolutely nothing to do with leadership. On the Pats anyone opening their mouth to the media has nothing to do with leadership for that matter.

    For the Pats leadership is shown on the practice field, meeting rooms, weight room, study of the playbook and during the games on the field.

  13. Chase Winovich: I’m a rookie, so I’ll shut my mouth

    That would be a first. I wonder how long that will last.

  14. harrisonhits2 says: “Opening your mouth to the media as a rookie has absolutely nothing to do with leadership. On the Pats anyone opening their mouth to the media has nothing to do with leadership for that matter.

    For the Pats leadership is shown on the practice field, meeting rooms, weight room, study of the playbook and during the games on the field.”
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    Yet Gronk was BELOVED for his off-field antics and given a pass? Even Belichick quoted that his passion ALSO shows on the field and in his play. So if Belichick is fine with players like Gronk being themselves, then Winovich should also have the same leeway to achieve his success.

    Belichick chews out Brady because he treats everyone equally, vet or rookie. So don’t tell me Patriots have a different rule system just for rookies.

  15. The Patriots team is full of leaders in all 3 phases of the game…..
    Peyton is a QB…. he BETTER be an instant leader….
    Ravens….. when Lewis got there they had no leaders….. someone had to do it
    WINO has no pressure on him to be a leader at this stage…. he can just learn the D & focus on becoming a great player & THEN become a leader once it’s earned…..
    I hope he does just that!!!!

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