Despite winning two Super Bowl’s with the New England Patriots, Asante Samuel doesn’t remember his playing days under Bill Belichick very fondly.
The former NFL cornerback spoke on the “I Am Athlete” podcast about the so called ‘Patriot Way’ and how he disliked Belichick’s mantra for the rigid culture he established.
“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 mentioned according to Mass Live.
“All of them is company men, talking about Patriot Way.”
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He went on to remember how he approached the game and their differences in philosophy.
“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,” Samuel expressed. “So when you try to hold my money back and you want all your money, I ain’t got no respect for you.”
Samuel played for 5 years in New England, under his rookie contract and a one year franchise tag before signing with the Philadelphia Eagles for six years and $57 million.
The cornerback thinks he would’ve never received that kind of payday from Bill Belichick, a coach to whom he still gives credit, but thinks he’s got to do one more thing before being considered the greatest coach of all time.
“He just got to win another Super Bowl”, referencing that he hasn’t won the Lombardi trophy without Tom Brady.
Samuel thinks Tom Brady is the biggest reason of the Patriots success
He thinks that Brady is the main reason the Patriots were able to dominate the NFL for over a decade, due to his great signal calling abilities which also made their free agent signings way less complicated.
“It don’t matter what decisions you can make. Who’s next up to bring in from free agency? Can they pass the test? Bring them in and make sure they can make it to the fourth quarter. That’s all we need is somebody, because we got Tom, everything is going to work”, he added.