Zolak & Bertrand

Zolak & Bertrand

Zolak & Bertrand

Aug 19, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule on the field before the start of the game at Gillette Stadium. Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday’s edition of Zolak & Bertrand, Beetle had some gripes about the overreactions surrounding the Patriots and Panthers fighting during joint practices last week. He also believes it could continue against the Raiders, despite the relationship between Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels.



  • Beetle's beef with the those complaining about the fights

    Beetle: The overreaction to the fights last week between the Patriots and Panthers, I found largely useless. That it’s a sign of lack of discipline now for Bill, and he’s lost the team, it’s nonsense. The Jets had joint practices with the Falcons last week. They were fighting. Fighting is a part of joint practices. It’s a thing. It’s the time of year where guys are not playing in games that really mean anything. They’re out there day after day, grinding it out on the practice field. It’s not the fun part of the football season. This is the worst part of what they do.

    Zo: You Inject physicality at the practice, which is what the Panthers did with already a prickly team. I said it before they even took a step. We’re going to see some skirmishes here today.

    Beetle: Everybody’s irritable, everybody’s pissed off, and then all of a sudden you get someone who’s not on your team that you can fight with. So I think some of the reaction to it last week was overrated. And this week, I think it’s shortsighted to say, oh, well, you know, there’s so much respect and listen to what Bill and Josh have said. Do you think the players on the roster care that Bill and Josh or care that Josh is one of their former coaches on the staff? What do they care?

  • Listen to the full conversation

  • Greg Bedard saw the scuffles as a sign of poor coaching

    Last week, Greg Bedard of Bostonsportsjournal.com was one of a few beat writers that had a negative outlook on the fights that broke out between the Patriots and Panthers.

    “Considering the outflow on the coaches, brainpower, and experience that they had… I think as a group, they’re one of the poorer coached teams. They’re not one the ball like they used to be.”

    “I don’t think guys are in charge of their positions. I don’t think the players follow their coaches like they used to. I think what you saw [in fights with the Panthers] was two teams being coached by guys that don’t have a lot of cache.”

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