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“Bill Is Not Loyal to Players”: Quiet Bill Belichick and Quite Extroverted Aaron Rodgers Share Similar Poor Leadership Style, Says Radio Legend

Published 04/04/2023, 2:39 PM EDT

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The post-Tom Brady era hasn’t exactly gone as envisioned for six-time Super Bowl champion head coach of the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick. However, if there is one thing that irks Bill more than the lack of on-field success, that’s disloyalty. Belichick is still not over his quarterback, Mac Jones, going behind his back. But Fox’s Colin Cowherd thinks Bill isn’t the right person to talk about loyalty.

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Months ago, Mac Jones sought outside counsel to improve on his offense. Something that didn’t sit right with his head coach. However, Cowherd thinks Belichick doesn’t care about his players enough to demand their loyalty.

Colin thinks Bill Belichick has to learn loyalty before preaching it


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Although not fully confirmed, Mac Jones, after struggling offensively during the 2022-23 season, reached out for advice to his former Alabama offensive coordinator and present-day Texas head coach, Steve Sarkisian. The Patriots, regardless, ended the season with a losing 8-9 record, missing the playoffs. According to Tom Curran’s conversation with WEEI, Bill “is still pissed about it.” And it’s the disloyalty bothering him more than the poor gameplay.

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Colin Cowherd thinks Bill isn’t loyal enough to demand reciprocal behavior. “Bill demands total loyalty to Bill. But Bill is not loyal to players. If you ask for something, you have to give it back,” Cowherd said. The radio host brought up the trade of former Patriot and Super Bowl XLIX champion defensive end Chandler Jones despite leading the team in sacks that year. An example of the lack of Belichick’s loyalty, according to Colin.


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Another example Colin cited was of 2x Super Bowl-winning cornerback Malcolm Butler receiving the harsh Bill Belichick treatment despite stellar numbers and ranking at the top of the depth charts for the two previous seasons. Belichick didn’t play Butler in New England’s Super Bowl LII loss to the Eagles purely out of a personal coaching decision. However, Butler later expressed that he could have changed the outcome of the game.

Colin also threw Aaron Rodgers under the bus

After switching from loyalty, Colin, the hypocrite-loather, went after soon-to-be former Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for his double standards of transparency.


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A Packers player who is currently on the roster, who likes Aaron, tells me ‘yeah he’s not transparent about anything. During the game week or the off-season. So don’t ask for it,” Cowherd told the future Jets QB.


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It’s highly unlikely that either Bill or Aaron respond to Cowherd’s comments. Mac Jones still has to tread carefully. The Patriots already passed on Lamar Jackson and showed faith in him for the coming season. However, he has to remain in Belichick’s good books to secure the Week 1 starting position.



Soumyapriyo Ganguly

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Soumyapriyo Ganguly is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He holds a degree in Economics and Statistics from the Indian School of Business and Finance. Rivu is a sports nerd with his favorites being Soccer, American Football, Basketball, UFC, and Formula 1.

Edited By: Hitesh Nigam