Patriots: Colts CB Kenny Moore has scathing description of time with Bill Belichick
By Jerry Trotta
The New England Patriots have a remarkable tendency of striking gold in the undrafted free agent market, especially when it comes to cornerbacks.
Look no further than the signing of JC Jackson back in 2018. Since then, the now-three-year pro has developed into one of the most prolific corners in single coverage in the league, compiling 100 tackles, 17 interceptions and 30 passes defended across 45 games during that span.
As it turns out, however, the Patriots almost got their hands on another undrafted gem four years ago when they signed fellow cornerback Kenny Moore, who has since emerged as a world-beater in the slot for the Indianapolis Colts.
For any fans wondering why it didn’t work out between Moore and the Patriots, he recently opened up about how much he detested his time in Foxborough in an eye-opening interview with Tyler Dunne, who’s recently covered the NFL for Bleacher Report, Buffalo News and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has since launched his own newsletter.
Colts cornerback Kenny Moore genuinely hated his time with the Patriots.
This is a fundamentally scathing description of Bill Belichick’s coaching methods and they further prove that not everybody is cut out to play for the Patriots. By no means is that an indictment against Moore, who was clearly struggling with depression at this point in his career.
The 25-year-old simply struggled reckoning with the pressure that came with playing for such a successful organization that demanded perfection from its players. That would be suffocating for any young player, let alone an undrafted rookie looking to prove he belongs in the league.
Moore describes how he regularly “butted heads” with positional coach Josh Boyer and even contemplated walking away from the game entirely. By the time his stint with the Patriots was coming to an end, the Valdosta State product compared the team’s exhausting offseason routine to being in the military.
Say what you will about Moore’s not being able to handle the “Patriot Way.” What can’t be argued about the four-year pro, however, is that he used the failed experiment as motivation to make a name for himself in the NFL. Just take a look at the trajectory of his career since he was waived by the Pats leading up to the start of the 2017 regular season.
Moore deserves the utmost credit for not letting this worrying experience define his career, but the sheer vulgarity of this description should be viewed as a warning to incoming and future undrafted free agents that signing with the Patriots is just as mentally draining as it is physically, and there’s nothing wrong with admitting if it’s too demanding.