Eagles G Brooks blasts ‘Patriot Way,’ O’Brien

The Sports Xchange

May 31, 2018 at 1:12 pm.

Philadelphia Eagles guard Brandon Brooks is the latest player to speak out against the so-called “Patriot Way.”

Brooks never played for New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, but he did spend four seasons with protege Bill O’Brien with the Houston Texans before joining the Eagles prior to the 2016 season.

“It’s crazy that people haven’t known this,” the 28-year-old Pro Bowl selection said, via Bleeding Green Nation. “It’s been this way for like a decade. You’ve seen — Reggie Wayne did it. He retired. He went there (to the Patriots) for a training camp and retired. (Expletive) is not fun there.

“I was under the same regime in Houston (with O’Brien). I almost retired. (Expletive) was miserable, every day. Every day.”

O’Brien was an offensive assistant with the Patriots from 2007-2011 and became the Texans’ head coach in 2014.

“I came in (as a rookie) under (Gary) Kubiak, who was just an older version of Doug (Pederson, Eagles coach),” Brooks said. “Then I went to O’Brien, who was Belichick, and then I came back to Doug, who’s like Kubes, so for me, man, (expletive) was great. Like, I cannot tell you how much better this is than it was down there. Like, it’s just night and day.”

Brooks is not the only player speaking out against the “Patriot Way,” as teammate Lane Johnson called the team a “fear-based organization.”

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Cassius March said he became so disillusioned with the so-called “Patriot Way” during his brief stint in New England that he considered walking away from the game.

“They don’t have fun there. There’s nothing fun about it,” Marsh told the San Francisco Chronicle. “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, who was claimed on waivers by the 49ers in November following his release by the Patriots, admitted that he “wanted to get waived” because of how he was being utilized by New England.




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