Adolf Hitler. Benito Mussolini. Josef Stalin. Cersei Lannister. Thanos. Bill Belichick.
What do all these people have in common? They are evil tyrants that no one in their right mind would want to work under. Given the alleged hellscape that Belichick has created in two decades, there is absolutely no way that a person would choose, under their own free will, to join forces with any of these heathens…right? Or at least that’s the narrative talking heads and Patriot hating experts would like you to believe.
And that’s the main reason for this article. I’ve seen far too much chatter about how Belichick “doesn’t allow fun” or how he “doesn’t let players be themselves”. I’m not sure how many current and former Patriot players have to come out and rebut that notion. From Matthew Slater to Tedy Bruschi to Brandin Cooks, the list goes on and on. But if words don’t do the trick, maybe the physical evidence of players choosing New England over another suitor may do the trick.
Players the Patriots have added this offseason:— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) March 18, 2021
Kyle Van Noy
Also re-signed Newton, Bethel, Wise, Davis and Davis.
And each one of these players knew they were going to a team that no longer had Tom Brady. Tough look for the “Belichick can’t attract good players” crowd, huh? But if these players actions aren’t enough, let’s see what they had to say about the Patriots and the mad titan himself, Bill Belichick.
Jonnu Smith says the #1 reason he signed with the Patriots was Bill Belichick:— Guy Boston Sports (@GuyBostonSports) March 23, 2021
“Coach Belichick seen it… he had a certain belief in me and I got all the respect in the world for him.” pic.twitter.com/xGzHbk7oVz
Matt Judon could be seen practicing on special teams today. He said he'd kick field goals if Bill Belichick asked him to.— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) July 29, 2021
This Pro Bowler is all-in with the Patriots in his first offseasonhttps://t.co/6zkgUrFWys pic.twitter.com/vb0Qgl12Pm
"This organization had a plan in free agency, and to be a part of that means the world."— New England Patriots (@Patriots) March 18, 2021
1-on-1 with Nelson Agholor. pic.twitter.com/MmC1MlG1jd
Hunter Henry thought door had closed on #Patriots after they signed Jonnu Smith. As for why he's here, tight end points to Bill Belichick, "…it was the trust of Coach Belichick and what we're building there." Added he is excited about playing with Cam Newton.— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) March 22, 2021
When asked what attracted him to New England, Jalen Mills said “Belichick, for sure”— GilletteNation (@gillettenation) July 23, 2021
Mentioned how he wanted to play for a defensive minded coach at this point in his career
Davon Godchaux explains picking the Patriots in free agency: “Of course coach Belichick, he kind of speaks for himself, the program, historic program, one of the best, if not the best in the NFL. Same defense as down south I played in Miami. It was kind of a no-brainer.”— Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) July 30, 2021
Well well well, whatta we have here! Maybe someone’s name doesn’t belong on that list of dictators after all, huh? Could it be the NFL head coach who has repeatedly had players, both young and old, choose to play for HIS team over 31 other options? And rumor has it that, if you can believe it, in many of those cases, said players actually LEFT MONEY ON THE TABLE to swear servanthood to Fuhrer Bill in his torture chamber up in Foxboro.
But all metaphors and comparisons aside, the notion that no one would want to come play for Bill Belichick once Tom Brady left was ridiculous. Anyone with a brain who follows this team knew that, but that didn’t stop the so-called professionals and fans alike from shouting from every rooftop they could find that the Dynasty is dead and will never return. It was almost as if they were trying to convince themselves as opposed to trying to convince us Belichick Believers.
20+ players have currently CHOSE to play for the New England Patriots. Of course money is a factor, but none of these players are getting severely overpaid (despite what the Twitter experts say). These players may not have had a plethora of other teams to choose from, but they no doubt had at least a couple other options when it came to playing football in 2021. But each one of them are on their way to 1 Patriot Place. And every single one of those players did so under their own volition. There were no ultimatums or mind control serums administered. These were players who chose to play for a winning coach and a winning organization.
Another fun little tidbit is that some of these players have had the misfortune of playing under one of the greatest minds the sports has ever seen, and STILL chose to come back for another round! David Andrews, Kyle Van Noy, Cam Newton, Trent Brown, Deatrich Wise and Ted Karras all chose to put themselves under the rule of Bill Belichick. And they all did so full well knowing that Tom Brady was not walking through those doors ever again. Which is strange because I was told that Tom Brady was the person who attracted all these free agents, not Bill Belichick.
Moral of the story: Players still want to play for the Patriots and Bill Belichick is the reason why. The top two tight ends in the league chose to play on an offense that was more of a let down than the entire last season of Game of Thrones. And with no Tom Brady in sight, two receivers chose to come join a unit helmed by Cam Newton. Not to mention the defensive players that decided to come here as well.
I think it’s time to put the “No one wants to play for Bill Belichick” argument to bed. Find another baseless criticism for this team. But while you’re searching for another problem to shout about, the Patriots will be revamping their team for Dynasty 2.0 under Bill Belichick.
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