Former NFL Player Chad Eaton Says Bill Belichick Paid Him To Start Fights In Practice
We all know that legendary Patriots coach Bill Belichick has a way of doing things. Arrogant and brilliant at the same time, Coach Belichick has been key in bringing 3 Super Bowl titles to New England. “Spygate”might taint his legacy just a bit, but he’s still a Hall of Famer regardless.
Just recently one of Belichick’s former players in Cleveland spoke about one of the fabled coach’s more interesting practice strategies:
Chad Eaton, a former defensive tackle who played for current New England Patriots Bill Belichick during the 1995 season on the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad back when Belichick coached there, recently told the Dayton Daily News that Belichick went to the extreme of paying certain players to start stuff in practice at scheduled intervals.
“If practice was going slow, he’d look at me and just say, ‘It’s time,’ ” Eaton said. “He wanted me to get on somebody’s (case) and start a little fight. I was known for that and it paid off on Fridays. There’d always be some extra money in my locker. Practice players don’t make much, so I really appreciated it.”
When asked about Eaton’s accusations/comments, Belichick replied:
“I don’t remember that.”
For some reason, I side with Eaton on this one. The chances of Belichick being punished for things that happened 16 years ago are very slim. But I understand you, Bill. Why tell the truth when there’s no legitimate way of validation.
Once again, Genius.