Danny Amendola made headlines Monday with his comments on FS1’s “First Things First” relating to Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
“When you see ‘Patriot Way’ in the dictionary, it’s gonna have Tom Brady’s name next to it,” he said. “None of those coaches threw any passes. None of those coaches caught any passes. None of those coaches made any tackles. They got guys in the right position because they watched a lot of film and they spent all their time at the facility, but Tom Brady is ‘the Patriot Way.’ That’s the reason why Tom Brady’s in the Super Bowl right now and the Patriots aren’t.”
Speaking on “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd Tuesday, Amendola clarified what he meant, indicating he loved playing for Belichick, but his issue was with him as a GM.
“I was a huge fan of Bill and the way he coached and his tactics and what he did to prepare us for the game,” he said. “I loved playing for Bill. … But the fact that he also wore the GM hat, and I had to negotiate my contract with him three years in a row by myself and and take pay cuts to help him and put rings on his finger kind of wore me the wrong way. So I felt like it was in the best interest for me to move on.”
Amendola was with the Patriots from 2013-17, taking pay cuts the last few years, before he signed with the Dolphins in 2018.
“Yeah, I’m definitely not anti-Bill, man,” he said. “I love what he’s done and how he approaches the game as a head coach. Again, business is business. And I learned from Bill, you’ve gotta do business as business is being done. If he wants to cut your pay in half, and you can get more on the street and you can go somewhere else and help provide for your family, then that’s what you gotta do. I feel like that’s the same reason Tom [Brady] is out of New England and he’s on to Tampa.”