Former Patriots' Backup, Cassius Marsh, Said Playing For Bill Belichick Wasn't "Fun", As If That's Actually Supposed To Matter
Much like every person who is spiteful of the Patriots' prolonged prosperity, I'm willing to overlook a lot of things in the desperate search for ways in which to be critical of how Bill Belichick and company go about their business. For an obvious example of how inclined almost everyone outside of New England is to take even the most misguided of aim at a franchise that has defied the inherent pitfalls of the salary cap era, look no further than the 18 months that the sports' world devoted to bitching about the amount of pressurized air in the football used during a complete blowout. Therein lies the undeniable truth that success breeds contempt. It always has and it always will.
Unfortunately, while I did get a bit of a kick of Lane Johnson rubbing salt into the wound that his Eagles inflicted on the Patriots' extensive playoff resume, I can't take seriously a journeyman linebacker with an obvious agenda speaking to the same type "fun-less" work environment he was gladly let go from. Hate to rain on the parade that Cassius Marsh is apparently willing to throw himself for the one sack he went on to have after getting signed mid-season by San Francisco, but he hasn't quite earned the cachet to go around calling out Bill Belichick, regardless of how boring he finds him.
Let's just say you were able to look past the fact that the organization that has proven most prolific at evaluating NFL talent found very little use for the person that's now crapping on their culture despite him playing a clear position of need (See: the eventual pickup of James Harrison). To take this assessment at all seriously, you'd still have to sympathize with a professional athlete who just, more or less, retrospectively whined about how un-amusing he found his limited role playing football for a living.
The truth is, I have very little doubt that the New England Patriots run a relatively uptight operation in comparison to their competitors. After all, their coach is about as susceptible to comedy as their quarterback is to carbs. That said, organized violence shouldn't necessarily be "fun" unless it's of the winning variety, and the team whose collective personality is being questioned has done quite a bit more of that than the passed around player that has only recently found himself scorned...