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#pounditTuesday, September 21, 2021

Player who ripped Patriots was cut after halftime tirade over playing time

Bill Belichick

We know Bill Belichick is not the easiest coach to play for, but it is important to consider the source as we hear more and more players complain about the football culture in New England.

Former Patriots defensive end Cassius Marsh, who is now with the San Francisco 49ers, recently bashed Belichick for misusing him and said “there’s nothing fun about” playing in New England. Marsh admitted that he confronted Belichick over his role and wanted to be released, but it sounds like he was incredibly immature about it.

According to Albert Breer of The MMQB, Marsh “pitched a fit” during halftime of last year’s Mexico City game between the Patriots and Raiders because he felt he was not getting enough playing time. Jeff Howe of The Athletic added more context, noting that Marsh threw a Gatorade jug during a game in which the Patriots were leading 17-0.

We have seen other players come out and criticize the Patriots for not having enough fun, but some of those players have never played a snap in Foxboro. There have also been plenty of current and former Patriots players who defended Belichick.

Marsh obviously never bought into the Patriot way, and he’s not the first one to hate playing for Belichick. But when you’ve won multiple Super Bowls and win your division practically every year, you shouldn’t have to answer questions about creating a “fun” environment. These are professional athletes who get paid millions of dollars.

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