It was the first chance that the Miami media had to talk with former Dolphins rival WR Danny Amendola, since he agreed to a two year deal to come to South Florida in March. And unlike his incendiary exit comments to ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss on Friday, Amendola chose not to take the bait, this time at the Dolphins facility Tuesday.
First here’s what Amendola, who played the last five years in New England and won two Superbowl rings, had to say to Reiss about leaving the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick’s “iron fisted ways” in his rear view mirror:
“It’s not easy, that’s for sure. He’s an a–h— sometimes. There were a lot of things I didn’t like about playing for him, but I must say, the things I didn’t like were all in regards to getting the team better, and I respected him,” he said. “I didn’t like practicing in the snow, I didn’t like practicing in the rain, but that was going to make us a better football team and that was going to make me a better football player. It wasn’t easy, and he’d be the first to admit, at the [Super Bowl] ring ceremony, that it wasn’t easy playing for him. The silver lining was that we were at the ring ceremony.”
So, on the heels of those comments the Dolphins beat guys, etc. tried to add fuel to the AFC East fire, now that Amendola is with a team that will see New England regularly. Here’s the complete presser:
Dolphins Live: Danny Amendola meets with the media. https://t.co/Xv0Qm3EW65
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) April 17, 2018
Alas, there was no such “digging” at his former employer Tuesday. When directly asked about the previous Belichick answer, Amendola “Cliche’ed up” quickly:
“I’m just focused on Miami Dolphins…everyday here. Just trying to get better…. (I am going to) focus on my teammates here and focus on the future.”
Translated: “I’m done creating more bulletin board material for New England before we ever play them.”
Amendola was then asked if the chance to play the Patriots twice a year, had something to do with his free agency choice to come to Miami, as well.
“Not really…. I wanted to play for a good coach, a good team, in a good city. And, (pause) here I am.”
Look. We get it. To leave New Engalnd and get over $8 million guaranteed over the next two years to move to Miami and have the chance to compete against the Patriots and the rest of the same division you’ve been in, is a great opportunity.
And, we also get that coach Adam Gase and the organization want the “barbs” withheld, for now, too.
So, Tuesday’s “neutered” seven minute press conference was expected and the smart play.
Still, Amendola said what he said on the record last week. And rest assured, that will be brought up for the first and probably subsequent meetings between the Fins and New England this fall.
And, that’s the extra layer that draws all of us towards big games and events.
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