Asante Samuel says he didn’t get “brainwashed” by the Patriot Way like some teammates

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Former NFL cornerback Asante Samuel spent his first five seasons in New England, but he says he was never on board with coach Bill Belichick’s program.

Samuel said on the I Am Athlete podcast that many of his teammates in New England bought what Belichick was selling, to their own detriment.

“Some of them be brainwashed with that Patriot Way. I ain’t going for none of that. I don’t know what no Patriot Way is,” Samuel said, via MassLive.com.

Samuel played out his four-year rookie contract and then spent one year playing on the franchise tag before leaving for the Eagles in free agency. He said Belichick never wanted to pay him what he was worth.

“All of them is company men, talking about Patriot Way,” Samuel said. “I don’t know none of that. I’m here to get money, take care of my family, the same way Belichick is here to take care of his family, get his money. So when you try to hold my money back and you want all your money, I ain’t got no respect for you.”

Samuel spent four seasons with the Eagles and then finished his career with two seasons with the Falcons.

74 responses to “Asante Samuel says he didn’t get “brainwashed” by the Patriot Way like some teammates

  1. This guy is like a bitter ex. Newsflash Asante. Had you caught the ball that Eli Manning threw right into your hands, the Patriots would have had the perfect season. Secondly, if you hadnt been so lazy on the Tyree catch, you could have helped break it up instead of watching it unfold like the rest of us. Maybe they would have paid you to stick around.

  2. Being from South Florida, it’s more of a mentality. I’m not saying you can’t be respectful to your employer & coworkers. But when you work your tail off & still get the cold shoulder, the Miami in you comes out. See Andre Johnson, Santana Moss, Vince Wikfork, Willis McGahee, Bryant Mckinnie. All those guys worked their tails off, but sounded off if things didn’t seem fair. Their teammates never had an issue with them. Antonio Brown took it to the extreme, but you catch my drift about them being from Miami.

  3. The Patriot Wat is The Brady Way. That culture is beginning to crumble and Buffalo will put an end to it. They may already have. Playoff beat down.

  4. Translation: I think I deserve money more than my teammates and I resent anything approaching parity with them.

  5. I don’t think Belichick had a problem paying players, especially DBs. He just simply didn’t think Samuel was anything special. Revis on the other hand got essentially a max contract his one year there.

  6. Maybe if he’d “bought in” (simply done his job) he could have held on to that gift pick all mannngs serve up and earned the damn ring instead of letting down all the guys who held up their end.

  7. I totally get where Samuel is coming from. The shelf life isn’t very long for many athletes and all try to hit the big money after their rookie deals have been fulfilled. Belichick doesn’t need the money, he has the power when it comes to personnel decisions most of the time.

  8. If he would have held on to an easy interception the Pats would have had one more SB win….

  9. “THE PATRIOT WAY” = “draft the best qb of all time in the 7th round and get him to take 15 yrs of cap friendly contracts”

  10. I get what he’s saying. He doesn’t say that he should have been the highest paid at his position… just that he didn’t get what he thought he was worth.
    As far as the “brainwashed” comment, he spent 5 years playing for Belichick, so he apparently “did his job” well enough to suit Bill. My take is that he gave his body for 5 years without having to give Bill his mind too.

  11. Belichick has never won a playoff game without Tom Brady as his QB. Not hating, just a fact.

  12. Exactly what I’d expect from the guy who dropped the interception that would have sealed the perfect season and has never lived it down with the fan base.

  13. I’ve always loved the irony. We draft you in the 4th round, win two rings In Consecutive seasons, and nearly won a 3rd.

    Got paid on that 2007 tag, then cashed in with the Eagles, never sniffed a super bowl again.

    Cry all you want, we moved on and Secured contracts for Wilfork, Moss, Mankins, and drafted a CB/Safety named D-Mac who is 10 times the player and person Asante is. Just sayin.

  14. religionisforidiots says:
    July 21, 2022 at 12:00 pm
    The Patriot Wat is The Brady Way. That culture is beginning to crumble and Buffalo will put an end to it. They may already have. Playoff beat down.

    Really , they have put an end to it by winning the division by ONE game. Then you want to brag about a playoff win that was followed by yet another Bills epic choke job in the playoffs…

    FYI , nobody will remember the Bills Patriots playoff game they will remember 13 seconds….

  15. chickensalad43 says:
    July 21, 2022 at 12:43 pm
    Belichick has never won a playoff game without Tom Brady as his QB. Not hating, just a fact.

    Um … no that’s NOT a fact. It’s wrong! He won his first playoff game without Brady when his team beat the patriots in the playoffs

  16. blah blah blah. I think the results speak for themselves. Belichek has 8 rings and Samuel had a brief forgettable NFL career. Remembered for his choking during his big moment.

  17. chickensalad43 says:
    July 21, 2022 at 12:43 pm
    Belichick has never won a playoff game without Tom Brady as his QB. Not hating, just a fact.

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    Not a fact.

  18. I’m pretty sure that Belichick hasn’t just been about getting his money and taking care of his family. If anything, his family life is probably something less than it otherwise could have been given his focus on leading the best football teams possible. Samuel apparently took it personally that he plays in a salary cap sport, meaning every dollar paid to one guy was one dollar fewer available for paying someone else. It’s not personal, and heck, it’s not even business – it’s a zero sum game, and that’s it.

  19. While that is true about Samuel’s INT and I think it’s silly that he’s had a grudge against Bill for almost 2 decades, the truth is if Brady played well the Patriots lock down the historic 19-0 season. He didn’t, and it didn’t happen. It is what it is,

  20. Hilarious how the first commentator said he’s like a bitter ex, and follows up crying about dropped picks along with the rest of the crybaby patriot crew. Good comedy relief. Who is bitter here?

  21. Belichick has never won a playoff game without Tom Brady as his QB. Not hating, just a fact.
    ==========

    Incorrect

  22. Funny how a loyalty only works one way for fans.

    Every player is supposed to be loyal, but its celebrated as Belichick constantly tossed stars overboard? Milloy, Law, Seymour, Wilfork..

  23. He also didn’t catch the game winning interception that him between the numbers to seal a perfect season.

  24. chickensalad43 says:
    July 21, 2022 at 12:43 pm
    Belichick has never won a playoff game without Tom Brady as his QB. Not hating, just a fact.
    ——————————————————————————
    You are wrong. He won a playoff game in Cleveland.

  25. chickensalad43 says:
    July 21, 2022 at 12:43 pm
    Belichick has never won a playoff game without Tom Brady as his QB. Not hating, just a fact.

    —————————————-

    BB beat the Patriots in 1994 while coach of the Cleveland Browns — Just a fact

  26. I always saw the “Patriot Way” and “Do your job” as being hand in hand. And it’s kind of brilliant in its simplicity, but I’ve always seen BB’s governing philosophy as that. If everyone just focuses on their job and what they need to do, the rest will fall into place.

    I think most teams have something like that, so it’s a little overblown, but BB definitely messages it in a very clear way.

  27. Is he referring to Brady? Because TB played for NE the longest so he must have bought into the Patriots way to stay that long…

    I guess he thinks he’s smarter than TB huh?

  28. Belichick never spoke of him after he left. It was a mutually beneficial relationship when he was there. Samuel got paid elsewhere. He acts like they lowballed him or squatted on him after he outplayed his contract. If I’m remembering correctly, they never even tried to re-sign him because Belichick didn’t think he was some special talent. That’s not a knock, but some CBs just have more elite tools outside of the system. J. C. Jackson is the latest example of this. It’s called roster management. Like would you pay Wes Welker the same as Randy Moss just because he fit the system well?

  29. dlw492 says:
    July 21, 2022 at 12:00 pm
    Being from South Florida, it’s more of a mentality. I’m not saying you can’t be respectful to your employer & coworkers. But when you work your tail off & still get the cold shoulder, the Miami in you comes out. See Andre Johnson, Santana Moss, Vince Wikfork, Willis McGahee, Bryant Mckinnie. All those guys worked their tails off, but sounded off if things didn’t seem fair. Their teammates never had an issue with them. Antonio Brown took it to the extreme, but you catch my drift about them being from Miami.

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    Bryant mckinnie is from woodbury, nj

  30. As terrible as NE has been at drafting WRs, they have had no trouble reloading at DB year after year after year. Maybe they should let their DBs draft the WRs?

  31. Assante… If you didn’t like playing for the Patriots or BB then stop riding their coattails to get media work. The only time your name comes up is when you say something negative about the Patriots. Your time there is still paying your salary.

  32. I dislike these players who move on to another team and act like there is shame associated with their former team for completing the contract and not getting another. Both sides did exactly what they agreed to do — that is business.

    What he really wanted was a huge contract offer that he could play off against another team. Bill does not play that game.

  33. chrism0228 says:
    July 21, 2022 at 12:11 pm
    I totally get where Samuel is coming from. The shelf life isn’t very long for many athletes and all try to hit the big money after their rookie deals have been fulfilled. Belichick doesn’t need the money, he has the power when it comes to personnel decisions most of the time.

    ————–

    So who’s making players stay in NE? Go get your money. On the other hand, if someone wants to prioritize team and winning over salary they are doing so of their own free will. Drinking the Kool-Aid does have it’s benefits. Lots of former Patriots have media jobs and Assante is getting air time because of his opinions related to the Patriots. Being associated to the Patriots in the BB/Brady era is not a bad thing.

  34. I don’t recall any of us Patriot fan’s shedding a tear when he left. He mostly remembered for dropping the interception in the SB. That is his legacy.

  35. Samuel has a tatoo that says “Get Paid”. He’s all about himself. That was obvious from the start. He was great at catching interceptions (except his most important one) but average at coverage. Interceptions and a diva personality are not worth top CB money

  36. Asante if you make that catch in super bowl you get a new contract . That simple

  37. This guy is a fool. He was an average CB at best but played on a great TEAM defense that inflated the perception of his value with the rest of the league. If anything, he should bow to the hoodie and kiss his rings for the millions of dollars he indeed does have in the bank. OR maybe he spent it all on cars and is just a cranky old disgruntled ex employee!

  38. The patriot way is not going to work without brady. If the patriots make the playoffs, expect more one and done playoff exits.

  39. Without Brady, we will no longer see guys taking discounts just to play for them and be a part of the “Patriot way”, which was an easy way to a Super Bowl. They will possibly have to overpay for average talent like Jonnu Smith and Nelson Agholor.

  40. “FYI , nobody will remember the Bills Patriots playoff game they will remember 13 seconds….”
    _______________

    They’ll remember both. The country rejoiced when the Bills dominated the Pats like that. I couldn’t believe how many non-Bills fans absolutely loved that game.

  41. Everyone remembers the blown INT at the Super Bowl and rightfully so but he also blew his coverage on the Tyree helmet catch. Tyree was his guy. Also freelanced and blew his coverage in the Eagles Super Bowl (XXXIX) and coughed up a TD.

    Ballhawk but an awful tackler. Understandable why BB didn’t want to overpay for a guy like that.

  42. mackcarrington says:
    July 21, 2022 at 12:42 pm
    My take is that he gave his body for 5 years without having to give Bill his mind too.

    _______________________

    Dude has been talking about Bill and the Pats for 15 years and you think he didn’t give up his mind to Bill??? Come on dude.

  43. Bills fans sure do like to talk about that one playoff win like it was a Super Bowl or something. It was an impressive win for sure , but it was one wild card playoff game… that’s nothing in the grand scheme of things.

    Yup, lots of other teams fans were happy the Bills won the game, that’s what happens when the Pats dominate for 20 years. People get tired of seeing the same team win, and that turns to animosity Same thing happened to Dallas and San Fran and Pittsburgh after their runs….you know when else it happened? When the Bills didn’t make the SB after 4 miserable attempts. Everyone was really happy they didn’t have to watch the Bills lose again.

  44. “Bills fans sure do like to talk about that one playoff win like it was a Super Bowl or something. It was an impressive win for sure , but it was one wild card playoff game… that’s nothing in the grand scheme of things.”
    ________________________

    Kind of ignores the history of sports. Whenever one team has dominated another for a long time, a win like that can be very significant in terms of being a catharsis for the fanbase, and signaling an official changing of the guard.

    I’m sure Red Sox fans celebrated like they won the World Series after coming back from 3-0 against the Yankees. It certainly helps that they did close the deal that year – but those fans would have still been completely over the moon about that kind of flip-the-script win regardless.

    I do wish the Bills could have closed the deal last year, but they’ll have plenty of opportunities in the years ahead w/ JA. Looking forward to the match-ups against the Pats this year.

  45. yeah – well if mr big mouth caught the interception against the giants then they would have 7 rings instead of 6 and they would have went 19-0. the guy is a jerk – the world knows Belichick is a brilliant coach and anyone who can’t acknowledge that is just jealous

  46. I do wish the Bills could have closed the deal last year, but they’ll have plenty of opportunities in the years ahead w/ JA. Looking forward to the match-ups against the Pats this year.


    Just wish Josh Allen wasn’t likeable like he is. LOL

  47. I think when you’re in a position to be a household name type of player on a big-market, frequent-primetime team like the Patriots, you can take less money from the cap and make more money in the long run via fame/promotions. That’s what guys like Brady, Bruschi, and countless others did. Case in point, a Bruschi autograph sells well on ebay for $50 even though he’s constantly doing signings years after retirement. I’ve read his book and Bruschi is also on TV all the time. OTOH, I had literally forgotten that Asante Samuel ever existed. But whatever Asante, you do you dude, I’m sure anything else would sound like “disrespect” to you.

  48. Maybe if he bought in to the patriot way he wouldn’t have dropped the biggest int of his career?🤔

  49. They’ll remember both. The country rejoiced when the Bills dominated the Pats like that. I couldn’t believe how many non-Bills fans absolutely loved that game. Ofcourse jealousy and envy are incurable diseases.

  50. A lot of players legacies are made in the single biggest moments when it mattered most. Tyree with that catch. Elway with the helicopter spin. Santonio Holmes toe tap catch in the end zone. Malcolm Butler’s Super Bowl winning INT.

    $$$$amuel’s moment is his dropped INT. That is his legacy etched in stone. That’s what he’ll always be known for by anyone. Forever. It’s nothing else but that.

    Realizing that would make anyone bitter I guess. 🙂

  51. Did you compare the Bills win with what The Red Sox did in 2004? Thanks for proving my point

    A wildcard win is not remotely close to a team coming back from a 3-0 deficit for the FIRST TIME ever in MLB playoff history (and still the only one ever) that sent the Sox to the World Series, that they then won. The comparison is ridiculous

    .

  52. “Did you compare the Bills win with what The Red Sox did in 2004? Thanks for proving my point

    A wildcard win is not remotely close to a team coming back from a 3-0 deficit for the FIRST TIME ever in MLB playoff history (and still the only one ever) that sent the Sox to the World Series, that they then won. The comparison is ridiculous”
    ____________________________

    When was the last time an NFL offense had a perfect game in the playoffs?

  53. Lol! Yeah that’s not the same thing as coming back from 3-0 in a championship series. Not even close.

    What the Bills did is like a pitcher having a perfect game, which is quite an accomplishment, but it’s not the same. Particularly because the Bills squandered the effort by losing the next week in the divisional round.

    If the Sox had lost the series the comeback would have lost some of its luster. As it happened, that comeback was the catalyst for their world championship…for the Bills it ended up being the high point of their season that ended the next week

  54. You’re talking about style points either way. You’re the one setting the parameters that an historic 3-0 comeback is meaningful, but a never-done perfect game isn’t. I think it’s hairsplitting to try to make a difference out of that.

    I’d agree that it adds more to the ’04 team that they closed the deal. But I remember how Red Sox fans celebrated after that win; it would have been a huge deal for that fanbase regardless.

    Which is why I brought it up. I think if any fanbase could relate to the catharsis of flipping the script like that, it would be Boston’s. But, it’s always different there for some reason.

  55. It’s funny to hear Boston fans talk about how Bills fans STILL make a big deal about the playoff game.

    Of course we wanted to win the SB – but after 20 years, beating the Pats like that was huge for the fanbase here.

    Boston fans are no different. They still yell “Yankees suck” at every sporting event imaginable, and they’ve been on the winning side of the NY rivalry for almost 2 decades now. Bills fans can surely revel in a big win like that for a single offseason.

  56. Belichick loved Welker until Welker wanted a raise – no one manages the veteran salaries as strictly as BB does – ask TB12, who definitely bought into the Patriot Way by taking less for those last few years. Without Tom, it is going to be extremely tough for BB to continue to manage the cap the way he did in the past.

  57. People are calling this crying because he answered an interview question and they don’t like his answer. Who’s actually crying?

  58. If he had bought into the Patriot Way, he would not have dropped the easy interception that would have sealed Super Bowl victory over the Giants. Oh well, not everyone’s ego can be tamed.

  59. I don’t understand why some people are mocking Samuels for wanting more money from Patriots.

    These players put their bodies at risk in every play. What is wrong in wanting to maximize their earnings.

    Bill is all about squeezing money out of players. Has he ever taken a dime less to coach.

  60. Comparing the Bills win over the Pats in the wild card to the Sox beating the Yankees in ’04 is a huge stretch simply for this reason:

    The Sox beat a loaded Yankees team. Steinbrenner always broke the bank to get the best players. The Sox were up against Jeter and A-Rod and Bernie and Rivera et al.

    The Bills beat up on a RE-TOOLING Patriots team. Bills do that to a championship caliber Tom Brady led Pats team, they have my respect. The fact that the Pats are rebuilding now and the Bills are coming into their own definitely flips the hierarchy of the division, but the Bills couldn’t do it until Brady was gone.

    Don’t treat every win now against the Pats as this huge accomplishment. Still can’t beat the best of the AFC and until you do, you’re still the team that lost 4 straight SBs and got dominated the past 20 years by the Pats.

  61. Of course all of us agree with what Asante is saying. Why should he take less than he get elsewhere just to because he is on the Patriots? I think only a Patriots fan would feel this way. And he is 100% correct in saying that Bill Bellichick is doing the same thing. And one other thing, Mac Jones is going to be a bottom tier QB! And clam chowder and steamed lobster are terrible!

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