Michael Bennett: Nice to have a coach who sees you as a human being

AP

Michael Bennett was at Patriots practice on Sunday after returning from an excused absence to deal with personal matters and he said after the session that he was grateful for the way the team handled things.

Bennett said he heard people speculate about his retirement while he was away from the team and that he was “laughing” at such talk. He said “family first” when asked about the reason why he was a late arrival to camp and the defensive lineman said he wants to play harder for head coach Bill Belichick because of the way Belichick reacted to his situation.

“It’s nice to have a coach who sees you as a human being,” Bennett said, via Jeff Howe of TheAthletic.com.

Multiple reports from Patriots practice said that Bennett looked right at home on the field. Assuming that continues, there should be plenty of chances for him to show how hard he’s willing to play for Belichick this season.

16 responses to “Michael Bennett: Nice to have a coach who sees you as a human being

  1. Belichick is going to treat you like a human being. Until you’re of no value to the team, in which case he’s going to cut you fast enough to make your head spin.

  2. Of all DE’s that the Patriots faced in the last few years, Bennett was the one That seemed to force the most pressure. With him providing that pressure, I can see opportunities for Hightower and Collins.

  3. stayedinschool says:
    July 28, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Belichick is going to treat you like a human being. Until you’re of no value to the team, in which case he’s going to cut you fast enough to make your head spin.
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    So the Patriots must have an advantage because all the other coaches in the league reserve roster spots for players with no value to their respective teams.

  4. That’s not what the dude said. Belicheck goes the extra mile for players he seems important to his plans. He also expects total commitment in exchange and he usually gets it.

  5. Belichick has been good to the Bennett’s and even gave Michael more money after trading for him. He respects the Bennett’s and both of them appreciate him for that (and his coaching).

  6. Contrary to the belief that Bill is some heartless machine diabolically using up people like chess pieces, he is first and foremost a teacher. He’s a hardass with high expectations, but he’s always honest and fair with players (except when it comes to market rate contracts).

  7. wib22 says:
    July 28, 2019 at 5:21 pm
    2nd best coach ever behind shula.

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    Dirty Don Shula couldn’t carry Belichick’s water….

  8. There is a reason BB will go down in history as the greatest coach in the history of the sport when you consider his entire body of work. And he is not close to done.

  9. 2nd best coach ever behind shula.
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    shula couldn’t close the deal even with locked up dominant talent in a much less competitve era. he was a good coach but the repeated failures ground him down. belichick thrives on what stresses other coaches into retirement.

  10. who knew that belichick was a great humanitarian in addition to being the greatest coach of all time. ultimately I expect him to be cannonized and knighted.

  11. neelymessier says:
    July 28, 2019 at 1:28 pm
    That’s not what the dude said. Belicheck goes the extra mile for players he seems important to his plans. He also expects total commitment in exchange and he usually gets it.

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    While I do appreciate the support, there is a little truth to what factpurveyor said. There are a lot of organizations in the NFL who will get rid of a player (cut, trade, not offer a new contract) a season or two too late. Belichick seems to be a general manager who would rather get rid of a player a season too soon rather than too late.

  12. greymares says:
    July 28, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    So how dumb do you have to be to throw your past coaches under the bus. Lol.
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    Who would know better about their failings toward him than Bennett?
    Don’t be so afraid and offended by the truth.

  13. Michael Bennet hops an 11plus hour flight from Hawaii to Boston goes straight to Gillette and takes the field where he makes an impact on defense immediately.

    Tells me all I need to know about his commitment, his work ethic and his character.

    While I will never agree with anyone kneeling during the anthem I believe Michael will have a monster year and will be the anchor for what could be the best defense in The NFL this year.

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