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.
I’m more interested to see how Bennett fits with Rodgers. I think they will have very good discussions that will result in the Packers using the TE more in the passing game than they have in the past. Edgar Bennett and MM may not want to spend to much time discussing the why of a play, but I would guess Rodgers would get into those conversations, within reason, and discuss them intelligently with M Bennett. If M Bennett makes a good case for something, Rodgers will bring it to the OC or MM.
I thought Gase was an upgrade for the Bears as a coordinator although young. I don’t think Bennett probably had any respect for the prior OC, head coach, or bears QB. So Bennett may have felt a need to question certain things. I think Bennett knows very good QBs when he sees them and will show due respect of their time, knowledge of the system, and effort. I think???
I agree with you Howard. Rodgers is key, and if they have that intimate a discussion involving subtle nuances of the offense, we may be seeing the best TE play ever in Green Bay. I also agree with the article comment about how this will fly with McCarthy. His ego may not allow for such deviation in his offense. If the Packers start off slowly and losing, I don’t think it will take much to start that dialog.
Losing always start dialogue, usually negative. Just look at how defensive the powers to be got in Green Bay simply losing 4 games, hell was about to burst open if that losing streak continued. I don’t care what anyone says…the Packers hierarchy would have self imploded over the media coverage questioning them everyday on their way to 6-10. It would have been brutal for the 3 stooges.
Highly entertaining for me though.
Bennett’s questioning probably went something like this “What the hehl was Cutler thinking, man!!!”