It’s been a while since we had some good-old-fashioned bulletin board material for the Patriots. Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan just gave some for head coach Bill Belichick.
Asked about his and players’ impressions of Bill Belichick as a coach, particularly in how he’s been a head coach longer than some players have been alive, Jordan made this ice-cold comment, the implication crystal clear:
“He’s a top tier coach that will clearly do anything to win. Take that how you want.”
Jordan is obviously implying that Belichick cheats, particularly more so than other coaches in the NFL. Putting aside the fact that the Patriots have been punished multiple times for rule violations under Belichick, Jordan’s comment really rings hollow because of the uniform he wears.
Perhaps Jordan’s memory is foggy, but he was on the Saints in 2011, his rookie year, under then-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. The Saints infamously were caught having issued “bounties” on opposing players to injure them and take them out of games. “BountyGate” got Saints head coach Sean Payton suspended for the entire 2012 season, and Williams banned for two years.
Jordan was just a rookie in 2011 and wasn’t implicated in the bounty system. But the fact that he was even there for one of the more infamous scandals in NFL history is enough to make it a bad look to subtly cast a stone toward Belichick.
You know who probably agrees it was a bad look? The Saints PR department. Jordan’s comment was the last one in his video conference Thursday, and it was conveniently clipped out of the end of the video at the Saints’ website. You can see the comment in a video for WDSU. Hat tip to Mark Daniels for alerting the internet to what Jordan said.
Ultimately, Jordan’s comment probably doesn’t matter at all in the game. But clearly, Jordan is harboring some kind of hard feelings for Belichick, which is odd since he’s only played the Patriots twice in his career. Perhaps it goes back to the draft? Jordan told NESN.com back in 2011 that he was surprised teams in the middle of in the first round (the Patriots included) passed on him.
The problem for Belichick, now, is that he doesn’t have Tom Brady to make Jordan pay for that slight. But it would surprise no one in New England who’s been paying attention for the past two decades if Jordan is never heard from during Sunday’s game. That’s typically how it goes when Patriots opponents open their mouths.
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