Former Patriots LB Takes Shot At Former Club: ‘They Treat Players Like Crap’

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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Cassius Marsh, 29, is speaking out about his short tenure in New England, and it’s not the positive experience that many have been led to believe.

“The Patriot Way is extremely impressive,” Marsh said.

“They work day-in and day-out. Their work ethic over there, what they instill, is pretty legendary. But they also treat players like crap.

“You don’t have a lunch period. You get there, and you have to make time to eat in between meetings. And they’re, like, five to 10 minute periods where I would literally go scoop food and put it in a cup and crush it real quick before I got to the next meeting. There’s no fun. There’s no — well, that is what I got in trouble for, for saying they don’t have fun.”

Marsh’s NFL career in terms of numbers are not all that impressive. He’s played in 92 games and earned only nine starts over his career.

The linebacker recently said on Tom Segura’s podcast that the Patriots’ Way comes at the expense of the players and being able to enjoy the game of football.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. Outkick please be better than sharing these stories… This is the irrelevant nonsense that has ruined sports coverage. Who the hell cares if this one guy had a bad experience in New England, and why is that in any way relevant to watching sports? This is the nonsense that sent ESPN spiraling towards irrelevance. Can we talk about ACTUAL on field sports performance, and not whether one guy is sad, please? This incessant “why isn’t everyone else doing everything possible to make me happy” groveling by all people, but exasperated by athletes, and, even worse, acting like it’s important, is destroying society

  2. Doesn’t sound like a fun place to be, but when you’re winning titles you’ll find guys who put up with it…for a while. When you’re not, it might all fall apart. It’s no different than our jobs. You may work at a place with a horrible culture full of jerks but they pay great or have other benefits that make you tolerate it. If you want to put up with it that’s up to you. I wouldn’t, but different things are important to different people. People won’t put up with a bad culture for long though if there’s no return.

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