Patriots suspend Michael Bennett one game for conduct detrimental to team

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Defensive lineman Michael Bennett was not spotted at Patriots practice on Tuesday and the reason for his absence came to light later in the day.

Bennett has been suspended one game for conduct detrimental to the team. Nick Underhill of TheAthletic.com reports that Bennett aired his displeasure with his role on defense to the coaching staff last week and Bennett confirmed that such a conversation was behind the disciplinary action.

“On Friday, I had a philosophical disagreement with my position coach that has led to my suspension. I apologize to my teammates for any distraction this may have caused,” Bennett told Jordan Schultz of ESPN.

Bennett joined the Patriots in a trade with the Eagles this offseason. He has played 130 snaps through six games and was in on 11 snaps against the Giants last week. Bennett has five tackles, 2.5 sacks and four quarterback hits in that playing time.

114 responses to “Patriots suspend Michael Bennett one game for conduct detrimental to team

  1. Pretty sure I called this back when AB and this guy were on the same team.

    He can’t help himself…

  2. Another terrible personnel move by Hoody that will be forgotten about once Bennett is cut or traded.

  3. I appreciate Bennett’s contribution to the Seahawks over the years, but glad he’s the Pats headache now. Seahawks showing this year that chemistry trumps skill, in a lot of ways.

  4. Precisely why it was a mistake for Howie to sign him but wise to admit the mistake and trade Bennett to the Patriots.

  5. This is shocking! With all we know about MB it seems like he would be an amazing teammate ……… 🙄

  6. Interesting that they decided to suspend him, rather than trade him.

    Everyone has been predicting the latter, but the former makes that much more difficult.

    In the meantime, the undrafted 2nd year guy from Vanderbilt is a stud and Bennett can’t get on the field.

  7. He’s a great player, but he has a huge ego. Belichick knows what he’s doing, and this guy needs to understand that. He should be very fortunate that he’s even playing on this team.

  8. THATS what they should have done with AB after he didn’t disclose his pending civil case & THEN monitor his reaction to that to determine if he should be allowed to stay…..set the precedent right up front…..letting him know he’s ACCOUNTABLE for ALL his actions…..MAYBE then he wouldn’t have sent that tweet that got him cut…..

  9. GoodellMustGo says:
    March 8, 2019 at 3:23 pm
    Guess the World Champions are moving on from Flowers. Maybe.

    Wowzers! I’m not expecting Seahawks Bennett but a major upgrade for a defense that held the Rams to 3 points in a Super Bowl. 🙂

    The World Champions getting even better. Hate to see that. 🙂

    bigearl61 says:
    March 8, 2019 at 3:34 pm
    Same build as Richard Seymour and Ty Warren. Can place the 3,4,or 5… Solid move by BB

    March 8, 2019 at 3:45 pm
    Fantastic. When the Pats beat the Seahawks in the SBowl, Bennett was the best player on the field for Seattle. The Eagles paid Graham. Maybe Marcellis can come back too. Love this trade.

  10. Surprised that he didn’t get Jamie Collin’d (traded to Browns after repeatedly not being in the proper position) to Miami or Cincinnati.

  11. rogergoodellmyhero says:
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    Wait a minute. You say you are in the Pats fans heads? You sure are proving your point. Haha.

  12. The difference between winning teams and losing teams…Bennett has an argument with a coach and gets suspended for a week. Travis Kelce pushes a coach and gets nothing. Wonder if this is a big reason why Bill has 8 SB rings and Andy Reid has zero..

  13. But, but, but… Belichick is a genius for resurrecting these bad boys careers and teaching them the Patriot Way. A leopard can’t change it’s spots and a turd can’t change it’s….

  14. Here is what happened:

    BB is such a good GM, a very good player like Bennett and his pure 4-3 style, has become used less because BB signed Shelton and Jaime Collins AFTER the Bennett move. So, NE is playing more of a pure 3-4 this year than they have in years.

    It makes me laugh this would somehow be painted as a bad thing by BB the GM. The team is loaded defensively, somehow BB did a bad job. LMAO

    It can’t be made up. It just can’t.

    5th rd steal, rookie, Sam Cowart, who trasnferred from Auburn to Maryland, who was a beast in preseason, hasn’t even seen the field.

    He will either be fine and they’ll keep using him in subpacakges or he’ll want to go somewhere else where he is needed in a 4-3.

    Someone mentioned Chicago, but they, too, play a 3-4 so it’s not a fit.

    He just wants to play, but you best stay in your lane in NE, or you’re gone.

  15. Didn’t even know he was still playing

    He couldn’t handle being irrelevant so he had to do something I guess

  16. Philosophical disagreement:

    Bennett: “Coach, can’t we play the game on the up and up? You know, fair and square.”
    Coach: “Blasphemy!”

  17. Hold the phone here.The guy is still an excellent player. He mouthed off because he wants to PLAY FOOTBALL. Give me 46 of those types. It’s just that you don’t do that in Patriot Land. It’s about the team. The Bennetts are wired a little differently, as everyone knows. He didn’t fail a drug test, didn’t assault anyone, didn’t commit a crime, etc. Just wants to PLAY. Trouble is, the Pats are so good and so deep on D, he’s fallen down the depth chart, and he isn’t used to that. They can save some money by cutting or trading him too. We’ll see how he reacts.

  18. This is simply an internal matter that Bennett made public….
    It’s called being held ACCOUNTABLE…..
    We all know Bennett is a big personality…. he messed up & it’s being handled…. no big deal but it does give the haters something to focus on cause their teams stink….
    Still very glad the Pats got him as he is great when he plays & adds awesome depth to an already stellar D…..
    Love having BB as Pats coach…. LOVE IT!!!!
    Go Pats!!!!

  19. Vasteelerfan says:
    October 15, 2019 at 4:09 pm
    We would never trade for AB.
    Only BB can handle AB.
    Michael Bennet will fit in well.

    Sound familiar….of course the many fanboy boasts that are a joke.

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    You don’t seem to get it. Those are on those adult humans, not BB. These kinds of players are luxuries.

    See the difference, drippy?

    No one is counting on Antonio Brown or Michael Bennett. They’re luxury players.

  20. that might work in other locker rooms but not there. Oppps! Makes it worse he is complaining about the best Def in the league. Maybe he should check the standings 1st before he had this conversation.

  21. This is how you request a trade in today’s NFL. Cap space in process….Please stand by….

    At issue here is nobody thought Collins was going to be so good in his return to NE and as a result, they morphed into a 3-4 to use the depth they have at LB. The results have been great. Bennett was brought in when they thought they would primarily be a 4-3 defense. He has been the odd man out because Guy and Butler are playing so well, and Shelton has had a resurgence this season. It’s not anything Bennett has or has not done. He plays, but not as much as he would like. He gets 20 snaps and he wants 40. Perfectly understandable, but BB has never been the type to make decisions based on making everyone happy. Rather, it’s been about what is best for the team. Hard to argue. If Bennett was happy about not playing I’d question his “Want To.” The best solution may be a trade, free up cap space, and make room for a player or two BB feels can help stabilize the Offense and Special Teams (some have to play Special Teams). Of course, BB will prefer to send him out of the conference to a team he won’t see on the schedule or in the Super Bowl, but Bennett will want to go to a contender. Where he ends up will say a lot about what Bennett said to the coaches in that meeting. NFC teams using a 4-3 are the Cowboys, Falcons, Lions, Vikings, Eagles, Saints, and 49ers. AFC teams using a 4-3 are the Bengals, Jaguars, Raiders, Browns, Bills, Colts, Chargers, and Chiefs. The Bengals, with AJ Green and Tyler Eifert possibly available would be a candidate but Bennett would likely not show up. Atlanta has WR Sanu and TE Austin Hooper as possible trades. I’m not sure which if any of these teams needs a player like Bennett. Keep an eye on the Raiders and Mike Mayock. They could use pass rushers. Maybe they flip Bennett to the Raiders for a draft pick and clear cap space, and then trade for their own re-enforcement’s. I’m not sure who would replace Bennett though, and if Collins or Van Noy goes down, and they have to play more 4-3 to cover it up, Bennett would be needed. Tough situation. This is why BB get’s the big bucks.

  22. This is how NFL franchises SHOULD act. Pats players have always been allowed to disagree with their coaches….up to a point. Clearly Bennett went beyond that point with Brent Bilema. So the Pats acted and in doing so turned this into a teachable moment, not just to Bennett but to the other 52 guys on the roster. They didn’t have a talk with him. They didn’t try to placate him. They taught him that there are real consequences when you go outside your lane.

    But here’s the thing. When he comes back in a week, there will be no further talk about it. No further ramifications, Bennett will be welcomed back by the staff and locker room. BTW- if Bennett was THAT unhappy with this, instead of apologizing he could have said a lot of other stuff that would have gotten him shipped out of town. He didn’t.

    A month from now this will be forgotten, but the lesson will remain. And that’s why the Pats are the Pats.

  23. At the time, getting him for a draft pick and at 10% what trey flowers would cost, was about as shrewd of a team building move as you could possibly make. Their Overall depth and the coaching staff’s ability to get the most out of later round picks makes moving on a lot easier than it would be for a lot of other teams. Imagine the biggest problem with your defense through 6 weeks is that a 30+ year old rotation Defensive lineman isn’t happy with how many snaps he’s getting.

  24. Chairman Belichick and his Politburo do not tolerate dissent, either tow the party line or face the consequences.

  25. mooncussers says:
    October 15, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Bennett to Atlanta, united with his former DC. Mohamed Sanu to Patriots….

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    Atlanta isn’t going anywhere this year so they wouldn’t want him.

  26. ehsguy72 says:
    October 15, 2019 at 4:13 pm
    But, but, but… Belichick is a genius for resurrecting these bad boys careers and teaching them the Patriot Way. A leopard can’t change it’s spots and a turd can’t change it’s

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    But…but..but.. he’s done it more times than not.

    But we get it. You jealous fans have to try and take your weak shots when you can. You don’t get to that often

  27. @mooncussers

    I would love your suggested trade for Sanu, but the Falcons are going nowhere so my guess is if they are trading players it will be for draft picks.

  28. patfanken says:
    October 15, 2019 at 4:34 pm
    This is how NFL franchises SHOULD act. Pats players have always been allowed to disagree with their coaches….up to a point. Clearly Bennett went beyond that point with Brent Bilema. So the Pats acted and in doing so turned this into a teachable moment, not just to Bennett but to the other 52 guys on the roster. They didn’t have a talk with him. They didn’t try to placate him. They taught him that there are real consequences when you go outside your lane.

    But here’s the thing. When he comes back in a week, there will be no further talk about it. No further ramifications, Bennett will be welcomed back by the staff and locker room. BTW- if Bennett was THAT unhappy with this, instead of apologizing he could have said a lot of other stuff that would have gotten him shipped out of town. He didn’t.

    A month from now this will be forgotten, but the lesson will remain. And that’s why the Pats are the Pats.

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    Exactly. We have the resident Steelers homer above from rural VA trying to tell us BB using discipline is a bad thing, while he cites Antonio Brown, the very monster Mike Tomlin created.

    It can’t be made up. It just can’t.

  29. Good response by Bennett. If he leaves it at this and moves on he will still be on the team. If not, he will be traded. There are plenty of teams who would want him in their locker room.

    I personally appreciated his contributions to the Seahawks. I didn’t support his antics, protest & many of his extra curricular actions. I hope he doesn’t come back, but suspect Seahawks will be interested if price is right.

  30. Publicly at least, he really didn’t say anything significant. Feels like a bit of a Patriots Way course correction after giving Bennett a new contract and giving AB a significant guarantee. Cause even a minor ripple and face repercussions.

    I really dislike the guy for some of the things he’s said and done but people are just playing into preconceived notions about him to go on about cutting him.

  31. That’s a pretty sober and mature statement by someone who isn’t known for making sober and mature statements.

  32. “andrwken says:
    October 15, 2019 at 3:28 pm
    Pretty sure I called this back when AB and this guy were on the same team.

    He can’t help himself…”

    Michael Bennett running his mouth? Way to go out on a limb.

  33. Milk and cookies for all of the Patriots haters commenting here as their woeful team toils on the losers side of the isle once again…Poor babies

  34. Vasteelerfan says:
    October 15, 2019 at 4:09 pm
    We would never trade for AB.
    Only BB can handle AB.
    Michael Bennet will fit in well.

    Sound familiar….of course the many fanboy boasts that are a joke.

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    Well, after all that you do have to admit that 6-0 is pretty funny.

  35. fishfan77 says:
    October 15, 2019 at 5:17 pm
    Rhode Island Pats don’t know the meaning of the word “integrity”. It all starts at the top.
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    Top of the league? Yessir!

    And what did Rhode Island ever do to you anyhow?

  36. If you aren’t using the guy Patriots, trade him! The Skins and any other team in the league could definitely use him.

  37. Yet another guy who would on the back of a trash truck with out football

    Not so sure. The guys around here doing it really hustle. Don’t think he would have the longevity.

  38. vegagreenleaf says:
    October 15, 2019 at 3:34 pm
    Seahawks showing this year that chemistry trumps skill, in a lot of ways.
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    In so many ways that is true. Not just about the Seahawks, but the chemistry thing.

  39. fishfan77 says:
    October 15, 2019 at 5:17 pm
    Rhode Island Pats don’t know the meaning of the word “integrity”. It all starts at the top.

    ********
    What does a Dolphins fan know of “the top”? The Dolphins have been looking up from the bottom for the better part of the past two decades! ”Integrity“ isn’t a word a Dolphins fan should use when the team is playing the “suck for Tua.”

  40. Didn’t take him long to assess the situation and decide the Patriots train isn’t going to the promised land in his mind so a little tiff here and there and he will be let go.
    Malcontents who shape up and play stay, those that dont go. He will be out the door soon

  41. Good thing the Pat’s have played patsies so far. No one can see it because they are winning, but this team is falling apart at the seams.

  42. “ “On Friday, I had a philosophical disagreement with my position coach that has led to my suspension.“

    Although discussions pertaining to relevance of Nietzschian maxims in the 21st century with respect to the rise of Trump and neofascism can be very interesting, they probably should be had with your position coach during team practice.

  43. pittsburghdamned says:
    October 15, 2019 at 4:31 pm
    Yet they’ll welcome back Antonio Brown with open arms.

    Integrity left the building long ago.

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    Just to catch you up, AB is still kicked off the team.

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