We’re well aware of Martellus Bennett’s reputation. He’s outspoken, which wouldn’t really seem to be a fit with the Green Bay Packers’ locker room.
The Packers’ brass has been talking up Bennett this week, saying they think he’ll fit in just fine. However, a former coach calls Bennett a challenge.
Adam Gase is the current head coach of the Miami Dolphins, but coached Bennett when he was the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator in 2015.
“The challenges Marty always brought for me was he’s very intelligent, and he asks a lot of very good questions. So he’s not going to let you get away with just ‘hey, run it this way’; he’s going to ask you why. And sometimes as a coach, you want to move on to the next thing, but that’s really a good thing because it allows the other guys to think they can ask the same questions. I appreciated that about him that he wanted to know why he had to do something, or why we were doing it a certain way; and he always had suggestions or comments about certain concepts we would do. And as a coach, you just look at it as a way to get better and make your offense better,” Gase said.
That kind of reads like a backhanded compliment to us. Like Gase just wished the guy would have shut his mouth.
What is Fat Mike — a guy notoriously defensive about his offense — going to say when Bennett questions him?
“If people have an issue with it, it’s probably because Marty doesn’t have much of a filter. He’s going to say what he wants to say, and if you get offended, he’s not really going to care. So you’ve just got to have thick skin.”
Naturally, Bennett got word of this.
I'm not a robot.
— Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) March 29, 2017
It’s one thing to say a guy is going to fit in in March. It’s another to see if he actually does fit in during the season.
Perhaps the most interesting thing to watch will be how Bennett fits with McCarthy.