Free agent WR Mohamed Sanu continuing to talk trash about the Patriots is just sad at this point.
It cannot be said enough just how big of a mistake it was for the Patriots to trade for veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick ahead of last season’s deadline.
The nine-year pro was admittedly restricted by a bum ankle, but he appeared in every game for the rest of the campaign after the trade, and managed just 26 receptions (on 47 targets) for 207 yards, which equates to a woeful 55% catch rate, during that span.
After undergoing successful surgery in the offseason, Sanu showed up to training camp with a glaring lack of burst and overall concentration, as he was reportedly dropping routine passes on a regular basis. These struggles ultimately led to his release in September and he has since spent his time — along with a brief pit stop in San Francisco, of course — taking shots at the Patriots.
For those wondering, Sanu is seemingly still holding a grudge against New England. Clearly running out of trash to talk, however, the former third-round pick opted to criticize both the Patriots’ playbook and style of practice, the latter of which he claims would “burn people out.”
"“It was definitely a hard playbook,” Sanu admitted in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated. “That offense was much different. It was a harder process. You had to study. You had to figure out how to master it.“The way they practiced was a lot different than the way we practiced, the way I practiced in Atlanta. They (the Falcons) would manage your reps, so you’d be fresh for the game. But in New England, we’d take every rep, just so we could build chemistry. All the starters took every rep.”"
We don’t want to throw accusations around, but it sure sounds like Sanu is accusing Bill Belichick and the rest of the coaching staff of overworking his players during practices. The crazy part is that even wasn’t the most damning nugget of his quote.
"“It would just burn people out, you could get injured, that’s how I thought of it,” Sanu continued. “A lot of people pulled stuff. There’s no need for you to play 60 plays in a game and take four periods of nine plays — take nine plays each period … That’s 36 plays each day on top of the game reps. It’s a lot.”"
Nobody’s denying the notion that Belichick is a no-nonsense head coach who wants his players to be in the best possible shape, but we’ve never heard former players come forward to accuse him of running his team into the ground during practices. It’s that sort of obsession and attention to detail that has helped the Patriots maintain arguably the greatest dynasty in NFL history.
We get that Sanu is a gamer and no professional athlete enjoys being released, but him still feeling the need to criticize the Patriots at every opportunity is just sad at this point. The Rutgers product is clearly still worked up about the breakup, and we honestly have zero idea when he’s going to bury the hatchet.