We’d all agree that not every player is built to play in New England, right? Over the years, we’ve seen a plethora of ex-Patriots call out the franchise for its rigid ways.
We understand where those players are coming from, too.
The Patriots’ cutthroat culture and iron-fisted off-field policies, at least on the surface, sound like a nightmare for the wrong personalities.
However, that structure has been paramount to their prolonged success, and players who blast the organization for its blueprint typically end up looking foolish.
That’s exactly what happened to former Patriots pass rusher Cassius Marsh, who chastised the franchise this week, claiming it “treats players like crap.”
As expected, it didn’t take long for Marsh to find himself in the crosshairs of some Patriots legends, and Deion Branch was quick to answer the call on Tuesday.
Patriots fans will love Deion Branch calling out Cassius Marsh.
During an appearance on “Early Edition,” Branch fired back at Marsh, claiming he had a much different experience playing in Foxborough.
"“New England isn’t for every player. New England is not the place you want to go and think you’re just gonna play first and you do your work later. No, it’s you work first and then we play. As far as playing the game in New England, I do not agree with him on that. I never had a situation where I felt myself or any of my former teammates felt like they were mistreated.”"
Branch’s response was spot-on, and further confirms that some players just refuse to accept that sacrificing having fun, at least during the preseason, is a small price to pay for becoming the most decorated organization in NFL history.
While the Patriots didn’t have much success last season, they were bound to hit the reset button at some point, right? No team is capable of having sustained success for 20 years without rebuilding for at least one season. If you asked Branch about whether the Pats should start catering to players, well, he doesn’t see that happening anytime soon.
"“As far as Bill and the coaching staff adjusting to the players, that will never happen, trust me,” Branch continued. “I think if they get back on the right track and start winning more games than losses, it’ll be fun again in New England.”"
Branch should really start appearing on more podcasts and radio shows, because every time he talks about the Patriots, he hits the nail right on the head.
Let’s hope the former Super Bowl MVP’s comments knock some sense into Marsh, who’s now called New England out twice over the last three years. It just sounds like the 29-year-old still hasn’t gotten over being waived mid-season by the Patriots back in 2017.
Whatever the case, Branch was right to put Marsh in his place.