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Michael Bennett does a Bill Belichick impression when discussing trade from Patriots

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Michael Bennett does a Bill Belichick impression when discussing trade from Patriots

As he discussed his departure from New England in a midseason trade with the Dallas Cowboys, former Patriots defensive lineman Michael Bennett broke out his best Bill Belichick impersonation.


 
Bennett, along with his wife Pele, talked to 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Felger and Mazz" show - simulcast on NBC Sports Boston - from Radio Row at the Super Bowl. He said he wasn't upset with the trade, which came after Bennett had been suspended one game by the team for a "philosophical disagreement" with defensive line coach Bret Bielema.

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Michael Bennett praises Bill Belichick, says facing Patriots isn't 'personal'

Michael Bennett praises Bill Belichick, says facing Patriots isn't 'personal'

If Michael Bennett is holding a grudge against Bill Belichick and the Patriots, he's doing a great job of hiding it.

Bennett's tenure in New England was shortlived as he was dealt to the Dallas Cowboys before the trade deadline. The 34-year-old saw a decrease in playing time under Bill Belichick and was suspended for one game by the team after having a "philosophical disagreement" with a coach.

But even after a less-than-ideal stint with the Patriots, Bennett has nothing but praise for the organization ahead of Sunday's Pats-Cowboys matchup. He spoke highly of Belichick, calling his former head coach a "savant."

“I learned a lot of football in New England,” Bennett said Wednesday, per ProFootballTalk. “As a player, you go into the situation, and you think you know football. Then, you meet somebody who’s above you and knows everything about the game.

"For me, I learned a lot about football in that situation, learning how to execute at a high level, learning what it takes to develop players. I learned what it feels like to break down a game plan from a different perspective, and I think it was good for me as a player. If I ever want to be a coach, it would be a good situation to take into that.”

While some may consider Sunday a "revenge game" for Bennett, he isn't heading into the Week 12 showdown with that mindset.

“It’s never personal in the NFL,” Bennett said. “It’s always business.”

Bennett has three sacks, seven quarterback hits, and eight tackles in three games with Dallas. He'll look to add on to that total Sunday at Gillette Stadium with kickoff set for 4:25 p.m. ET.

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Michael Bennett: Any other defense is 'easy to learn' after Patriots

Michael Bennett: Any other defense is 'easy to learn' after Patriots

Michael Bennett didn't see much playing time with the New England Patriots, but he still needed to learn the in-depth defensive scheme. 

Following the trade that sent him to the Dallas Cowboys, Bennett needed to learn a new defensive system all over again -- which he now says wasn't too hard.

“It’s all the same really when it comes down to it,” Bennett said, according to The Athletic's Jon Machota. “The scheme is very familiar to something I’m used to. I just came from the place [New England] with the most defenses in the league, so any other defense is pretty much easy to learn.”

While the Patriots run a rather intricate defensive scheme under head coach Bill Belichick, it has resulted in New England being discussed with the 2000's Baltimore Ravens defense as one of the best all-time. 

Even after the trade to Dallas, Bennett, 33, is pondering retirement following the 2019 season. 

The Patriots and Cowboys will meet during Week 12 at Gillette Stadium.

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