New England Patriots

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s style and cold demeanor is not always the most pleasant to be around.

Former Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, now with the Dolphins and loving his relationship with player-friendly head coach Adam Gase, compared it to playing for a ‘principal.’ The Eagles have spent their entire post-Super Bowl win railing against The Patriot Way, and how ‘miserable’ it must be to play for a team that’s won five Super Bowls since 2001.

But recently retired linebacker James Harrison, a legendary Steeler who finished his career with the Patriots, loved it.

Making an appearance on FS1’s Undisputed, Harrison was subtly asked about playing for Belichick, and wasted no time in praising Belichick as a superior football mind to the previous coach he played for.

“Give us the better coach, Mike Tomlin or Bill Belichick?” Skip Bayless asked.

“Belichick,” Harrison quickly replied.

“By far?” responded Bayless.

“To me, yes,” said Harrison. “Mike Tomlin is good as a head coach. He’s a player’s coach. I think he needs to be a little bit more disciplined. Other than that, the big thing with Belichick: He’s very regimented, he’s disciplined. Everybody is going to be on the same page. Over there, their coaching staff is like that. … I ain’t never been to so many meetings in my life.”

Harrison even mentioned how all players, including Tom Brady, are scared of being late to a meeting in Foxboro.

Of course, Harrison’s preference of structure versus favoritism isn’t shocking given his feelings on participation trophies, and the massive falling out he had with the Steelers due to Tomlin’s reluctance to use him in a regular role last year. It’s also not a shocking statement, as Belichick and the Patriots have defeated the Steelers in five straight meetings, and have won those contests by an average of 13 points. (The Patriots are 7-2 against the Steelers overall since Tomlin took over in 2007.)

But it’s just plain good to get legitimate confirmation that not every Patriot hates how things are run down at Gillette.

Harrison played just one regular-season game with the Patriots, recording five tackles and two sacks, and totaled eight tackles through three postseason games.