NBC Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth sounded really silly last week when he claimed that the Patriots always seemed to know how to get troubled players to do the right thing. Especially since former Patriots Aaron Hernandez is currently in jail for murder.
Collinsworth made an appearance on “Amani and Eytan” on NBC Sports Radio Tuesday, per Larry Brown Sports and cleared things up.
“I took a little heat in the game for saying (Bill Belichick) has a way of making issues go away,” he said. “A guy like (Patriots cornerback) Alfonzo Dennard still had an issue. (Bellichick) is not a cure-all. He’s not a magician out there. But they do seem to not have problems to the same extent playing for him.
“Some of it’s fear. Some of those guys, one more mistake and their career is going to be over. Nobody works that better than Belichick does. When you first come to that team, even if you’re a seven-year veteran, you don’t talk to the media. Some of those guys are more afraid of doing a press interview than they are of black cats and ghosts. They know if they screw up they’re gonna catch hell from Belichick.”
Collinsworth’s point was valid, but not with Hernandez and Dennard’s current issues.
I will get Belichick some credit though, he was able to help guys like Randy Moss and Corey Dillon stay in line.