Michael Bennett calls Bill Belichick 'a savant,' doesn't feel he has to prove anything Sunday

Ryan Hannable
November 21, 2019 - 9:03 am

Pretty much exactly a month after he was traded by the Patriots to the Cowboys, Michael Bennett will face his former team Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

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Speaking to reporters in Dallas Wednesday, Bennett discussed his time in New England, which did not go as planned. The veteran defensive end didn't seem to fit the Patriots' scheme and therefore he became frustrated with a lack of playing time. 

But, it doesn't seem he's holding anything against Bill Belichick or the Patriots organization.

“I learned a lot of football in New England,” Bennett said. “I think at the same time as a player you go into the situation and you think you know football, then you meet somebody who’s above you (like Belichick) and knows everything about the game. For me, I learned a lot about football in that situation, learning how to execute at a high level, learning what it takes to develop players. I learned what it feels like to break down a game plan from a different perspective, and I think it was good for me as a player. If I ever want to be a coach, it would be a good situation to take into that.

“At the end of the day, I just think Bill is a great motivator. I think he understands football from the beginning. He’s a historian when it comes to football, plays. He can remember anything when it comes to it. He’s just a savant. I think he just knows how to put people in great positions to make plays, and I think you always go over every single thing about the game, the things that teams do, the chances that they might take, and I think probability plays a lot into the execution of the team.”

Why didn't it work out in New England?

“I’m not the coach,” Bennett said.

As for the game Sunday, Bennett isn't feeling any pressure to prove himself.

“I’m at the point where I don’t have to prove myself,” he said. “I think when you go out there and play as hard as you can, simply not for yourself but for your teammates. Every single time I go out there, it’s not really about me. It’s really about the guys I line up next to. There’s a lot of great players in this defense, and you want to just be a great teammate to them, try to do the best you can and stick to the game plan and try to execute at a high level, not for yourself but for your teammates.”

Bennett has three sacks, seven quarterback hits and eight tackles for the Cowboys in three games.

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