Patrick Chung: Telling Bill Belichick I was retiring was the hardest conversation I’ve had in a while

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Patrick Chung and Bill Belichick developed a close relationship during their years together in New England, and that made it hard for Chung to tell Belichick their relationship was over.

“I just went and talked to Bill,” Chung said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN. “That was probably the hardest conversation I’ve had in a while. I respect him. He respects me. It’s more than player to coach with me and Bill. I felt like I was letting him down, but it was something I had to do for my family and me.”

Chung said he’ll still cheer for the Patriots and especially for second-year safety Kyle Dugger, who sought Chung’s permission to take the No. 23 jersey that Chung no longer wears.

“That’s huge respect. A lot of people don’t have to ask: If it’s open, take it. For him to call and ask, when he didn’t have to, I appreciated that,” Chung said. “He asked me for the number and I said, ‘Yes, absolutely.’ I told him to take it over. I pray to God he’s way better than I am, because that’s only going to help us as Patriots. Hopefully, he gets to that point. I hope he can. He’s young, he’s raw, he has the instincts, has all the intangibles, so I’m praying for that.”

Belichick would love to see Dugger become the kind of safety that Chung was for many years in New England.

21 responses to “Patrick Chung: Telling Bill Belichick I was retiring was the hardest conversation I’ve had in a while

  1. Someone tell Cassius Marsh that Belichick doesn’t treat all players “like crap”. Just the crappy ones.

  2. It’s interesting to hear how some players love Belichick and the “Patriot Way” while others come out and complain about how little fun they had while playing for him.

  3. Chung had a great career, walking away with 3 rings. Dugger looks like the real deal as well. Maybe even better.

  4. Patrick you will be missed you were great and have class..unlike Marsh who was not only a bad player but he has no class

  5. vagabond1979 says:
    July 20, 2021 at 8:54 am
    It’s interesting to hear how some players love Belichick and the “Patriot Way” while others come out and complain about how little fun they had while playing for him.

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    I don’t think it’s weird. Every one is wired differently, some guys will thrive under the Bill’s system and some guys won’t. As I’ve grown older I’ve come to appreciate how much luck there is even once you make the NFL in becoming an all-time great. Surely some guys are naturally great, but there was a reason Tom fell to round 6. I wonder how his career would have turned out had he gone to a team like the Dolphins or the Lions. I don’t think it’s appreciated enough how important finding the right coaches, culture, etc. is for players in the NFL. It’s not like basketball or baseball where it’s much more individual oriented.

  6. vagabond1979 says:
    July 20, 2021 at 8:54 am
    It’s interesting to hear how some players love Belichick and the “Patriot Way” while others come out and complain about how little fun they had while playing for him.

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    It’s actuallt quite sad, since dumb people in this country lap uo misinformaton, lies, or negative press, as the tools used to have fhe media make money.

    Good players who love football love playing for BB, which is exactly how it should be.

    Selfish snowflake Gen Y and Z need not apply to NE.

  7. amurdora says:
    July 20, 2021 at 9:55 am
    vagabond1979 says:
    July 20, 2021 at 8:54 am
    It’s interesting to hear how some players love Belichick and the “Patriot Way” while others come out and complain about how little fun they had while playing for him.

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    I don’t think it’s weird. Every one is wired differently, some guys will thrive under the Bill’s system and some guys won’t. As I’ve grown older I’ve come to appreciate how much luck there is even once you make the NFL in becoming an all-time great. Surely some guys are naturally great, but there was a reason Tom fell to round 6. I wonder how his career would have turned out had he gone to a team like the Dolphins or the Lions. I don’t think it’s appreciated enough how important finding the right coaches, culture, etc. is for players in the NFL. It’s not like basketball or baseball where it’s much more individual oriented.

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    Mature and educated comment.

    Of course Brady wouldn’t have had the career he had elsewhere, if he was even given a chance to play as a 6th rder.

    Chung appreciates BB’s teachings and opportunities because he knows that’s what helped his career, making him the best Rover in football for many years.

  8. I think you have to discount the words of a Cassius Marsh when you see veteran players like Lawrence Guy, James White and David Andrews resign with the Patriots with what appears to be below market deals. The Patriots have traditionally let their top free agents test the free agent market to decide what they feel is best for their families and careers. A lot return to the Patriots.

  9. Belichick has always valued those that love football, are humble, and will do anything (sacrificing personal glory and stats) for the team. Often times these were not the combine heroes or top picks in the draft. The Pats were happy to pass on those and didn’t value the 1st rounders the way other teams did. Those that were happy to be with the Patriots and get that discipline and out-working other teams are the ones worth investing in. The results speak for themselves.

    The guys that came in and complained that it was too hard, too complicated, no fun, etc., are the ones that got the boot. Good.

    It reminds me of the time The Celtics signed Larry Bird to his first deal, and when Bird took the mike to comment, he glanced over at Red Auerbach while smiling and said, “I didn’t have the heart to tell Mr. Auerbach this, but I would have played for nothin’.”

    Obviously tongue-in-cheek and not true, but it showed what Bird was made of in a lot of ways. Belichick got his one Larry Bird (Brady), and coached up the rest, getting them to buy in. For 20 years it worked. Doubtful anyone will ever see the likes of it again.

  10. I wonder how his career would have turned out had he gone to a team like the Dolphins or the Lions.
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    Both of them are better than 2001.

    Given that Brady couldn’t turn Belichick into a genius, he would be able to turn Dolphins and Lions into dynasty.

  11. I wonder how his career would have turned out had he gone to a team like the Dolphins or the Lions. ————————- Both of them are better than 2001 Pats. Given that Brady could turn Belichick into a genius, he would be able to turn Dolphins and Lions into dynasty.

  12. The success of the Patriots (6 titles) and their dominance for 20 years will bring out the haters and excuse makers all across the NFL based on envy and jealousy.

    After all every team is chasing what New England accomplished. The hate and lies and foolish talk of other players coaches and fans justifies in their minds their failure

    After all every owner is asking their coaches and players where is your title. Where is your success. Why does NE make stars of 6th and 7th rounders. Why do they win titles with rosters no better than ours.

    It is because the divas and superstars care more about their fantasy stats then their team. In New England is has always been about the TEAM.

    THE TEAM CULTURE MAKES THE SUCCESS POSSIBLE. Outside of New England they make excuses and pout when they don’t win. In New England they work harder.

    That is why in new England we could care less what anyone else thinks of the Patriot Way. In New England it is always about TEAM. Remaining ignorant is no excuse for losing and whining about it again and again.

    And in the losers and whiners worst diva nightmare is the Dynasty is on the way back. The defense is loaded and will be a top three unit in NFL. The offensive line already is top three. With a two tight end offense and loaded offensive line the Patriots will play power football and own the middle of the field. And defenses will not be able to cheat with deep speed threat nelson Algohlor outside. With a loaded roster and GREAT coaching the QB just has to be competent and either CAM or Jones can fill that role. New England will be back in playoffs. The defense will terrorize QBs and the power offense will control clock and take way possession form passing teams like Chiefs.

    Of course seeing the Patriots back in playoffs will bring that haters out and In New England it will be sport again to laugh and ridicule the excuse makers and whiners especially the haters. It is sport in NE.

  13. In New England it is always about TEAM.

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    and you have no clue why Belichick could build the team in a way that other coaches couldn’t; and you have no clue why Belichick has to build the team in a way that he used to believe stupid.

  14. Thank you Mr Chung.

    Great job in your football career. We’re on to the next phase. Good Luck and best wishes.

  15. It’s actuallt quite sad, since dumb people in this country lap uo misinformaton, lies, or negative press, as the tools used to have fhe media make money.

    Good players who love football love playing for BB, which is exactly how it should be.

    Selfish snowflake Gen Y and Z need not apply to NE

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    Yeah, I’m not sure any gen x players, can help anymore.

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