Perhaps the most outspoken player upon his departure from New England, Patriot-turned-Dolphin wide receiver Danny Amendola continued to sound like a truly liberated player during an appearance on Barstool Sports’ Comeback SZN podcast.
This time by comparing the personality of Miami head coach Adam Gase to the Patriots’ Bill Belichick.
Something that painted the 66-year-old Belichick in a notably colder light than the player-friendly, 40-year-old Gase.
“Coach Gase is one of the guys, one of the boys, and you want to fight hard for your boys,” Amendola, who signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Dolphins this offseason, began. “Back in New England, it’s almost like you’ve got a principal, the principal’s office and [expletive] like that. In a good way and a bad way, too. Much respect to all the coaches that have given me the opportunity to play for their team, and I’m obviously excited for where I’m at.”
Given the age gap — Amendola is half Belichick’s age, but is just seven years younger than Gase — and the general way that things are run in Foxboro compared to Miami, that drastic difference in Amendola’s player-coach dynamic is far from shocking. But it’s not something that Amendola has not had any sort of problem adjusting to this summer.
“The team is cool, my group is cool. The coaches are awesome,” Amendola said. “Coach Gase is one of the guys. He’s our leader, he’s our head coach, but he’s also our boy. So it’s cool. It’s refreshing to have that kind of relationship with a coach, something I haven’t had in a long time.. I Facetimed Coach Gase yesterday just to…talk to him. I was talking to his kids.
“I have a relationship with [Gase] that’s real unique, something I haven’t had in a while.”
Oddly enough, though, Amendola had no problem taking multiple pay cuts to play for Principal Belichick en route to two Super Bowl championships during his five-year run in town.
Amendola will make his return to Gillette Stadium on Sept. 30 when the Dolphins face off against the Patriots in Week 4.