Ticking off Bill Belichick is not a good idea and Rich Ohrnberger knows it well. The former New England Patriots offensive lineman played under Belichick for three seasons and got to know the legendary head coach really well. Some players have a hard time coping with Belichick’s mechanism just because he does things differently. This mechanism led the Patriots to nine Super Bowl appearances. No days off, remember? Belichick disciplines players for tiny mistakes, so they all have to be careful.
Players do the unthinkable because ticking off Bill Belichick is bad for their career
Ohrnberger wanted to keep his spot on the roster and sacrificed his vehicle. I mean, he was late for team meeting because his phone had died and he had to do the right thing.
“I have this sinking feeling in my stomach like I’m gonna get cut,” Ohrnberger said during his appearance on XTRA 1360’s The Hartman and Rich O Show. “He’s not going to have me on this football team come tomorrow. What do I do? I’m cruising down this slight sloping hill that brings you to this right that I have to take to get to the stadium for the morning meeting.
“I see a church van in front of me that’s all dinged up. It’s got the black smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe. I’m like, ‘I’m gonna hit this car. Gonna rear end this car. I’m gonna hit this car because it’s better to pay the insurance or peel off this guy a couple hundred bucks than embarrass myself for being late to this Patriots team meeting.’ I rear end this poor old man, who by the way, was like minutes from being 100 years old.”
It wasn’t the best thing to do, but Ohrnberger didn’t lose his spot on the roster. No one sustained injuries and that’s the only thing that matters. I guess Patriots players would do the unthinkable to avoid making a big mistake. Belichick is not someone who takes things for granted and he’s all about winning. Players who are always late can’t really win, right?