Life under Bill Belichick sucks, former Patriots defensive end Cassius Marsh told the San Francisco Chronicle in a recent interview.
The former Patriot, who was claimed off waivers by the 49ers last season, says he "hated" playing in New England.
“They don’t have fun there," said Marsh. "There’s nothing fun about it. There’s nothing happy about it. I didn’t enjoy any of my time there, you know what I’m saying? It made me for the first time in my life think about not playing football because I hated it that much.”
Marsh said he was unhappy with the way that Belichick used him, asking that he cover receivers instead of rushing the passer. Eventually, he said, he confronted the notoriously grumpy head coach. "I basically without asking to get cut, I kind of asked to get cut.… I had confidence that I would have an opportunity elsewhere and I would take advantage of it," he said.
Marsh joins a long list of former and current Patriots unhappy with life under Belichick. Earlier this off season, wide receiver Danny Amendola signed with Dolphins and said his former coach was an "asshole."
“There were a lot of things I didn’t like about playing for him, but I must say, the things I didn’t like were all in regards to getting the team better, and I respected him,” Amendola admitted. “I didn’t like practicing in the snow, I didn’t like practicing in the rain, but that was going to make us a better football team and that was going to make me a better football player."
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are still on the Pats so they haven't been able to speak openly about Belichick, but both have reportedly been made "miserable" by Belichick. And while they're not giving the kind of money quotes that Marsh and Amendola are giving, they're making their displeasure known by not showing up to off-season workouts.
Marsh might be in good company, but that hasn't saved him from salty Pats fans.
Not that Marsh cares. He released a video to salty fans after the Chronicle article doubling down on his criticism. “I just want to address all you Patriots fans who don’t like this new article. I’m sorry to hurt your feelings," he said. "Seems to be breaking your heart. But if you can’t handle the truth, stay off my page. Don’t read articles. That’s how I felt. That’s how I still feel and I’m grateful to be away from there, grateful to be where I’m at.”