Richard Seymour “unlike any other player” was coached by Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick often doesn’t say much in media settings. Last October, he was asked about Richard Seymour, the player he traded away in 2009.

Blechik spoke 1,066 words flowing about Seymour. It started with a question about what made Seymour so special.

“everything,” Belichick said.

Seymour came to New England with the sixth overall pick for the 2001 NFL Draft. The Patriots won the Super Bowl that season, the start of their dynasty. Seymour was a large part of that dynasty’s first stage on his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Belichick had been in the NFL for a long time when the Patriots acquired Seymour, and he had coached several great players. He said Seymour was “really different from any other player I’ve coached up to that point.”

“I’ve never had anyone like that,” Belichick said. “He was very smart. He could do a lot of different things; plan games, pass quick games, play some games a certain way. It was very easy for him because the game was easy for him in terms of intelligence and anticipation. And communication along the line” .

It takes a special player to get that kind of praise from the usually stoic Belichick. Seymour was special.

Richard Seymour helped found the dynasty

Other players of the Patriots dynasty got more spotlight, but Seymour helped set the tone.

“We had a bond with our colleagues and they were like brothers, and we felt responsible for each other,” Seymour . said. “And I think when you have a culture like that and you breed success, you breed win, that’s really what it’s all about.”

Seymour was, more than anything intangible, a force on the field. Its versatility along the defensive line was key to the Patriots. His size and athletic style was unique. He was 6-foot-6, 317 pounds but agile enough to take a stuttering 68 yards recovery to land against the Buffalo Bills in 2003.

When Belichick spoke about Seymour, he referred to the defensive line man who made a key block in Troy Brown’s 85-yard return in the 2001 win over the Cleveland Browns. You won’t see many future Hall of-Fame defenders throwing major blocks at the Return Shooting Team.

“He was very athletic,” Belichick said.

Seymour made five consecutive Pro Bowls and was the first All-Pro team three times with the Patriots. Then his time in New England came to an abrupt end.

Seymour was then traded to the Oakland Raiders in the first round before the 2009 season, one of the many times the Patriots moved from a veteran without warning. Seymour did well with the Raiders, too.

New England Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour was a big part of the Patriots’ first three Super Bowl teams. (Photo by Matthew West/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images)

Seymour spent good years with the Raiders

Seymour played four seasons with the Raiders and made two Pro Bowls before retiring. He finished his career with seven Pro Bowls and 57.5 sacks.

Seymour could have held a grudge about his trading while he still had his peak years ahead, but he said he never had a problem with Belichick.

“That’s just part of the way the NFL works” Seymour He told USA Today In 2020. “So, it may have looked like some stress or something, but in my opinion, there are no hard feelings.”

Since Seymour’s influence came from his consistent dominance rather than from eye-catching bag numbers, it only took a few snapshots for him to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. While waiting for the call in 2019, he said Shaliz Manza Young of Yahoo Sports said: He was proud of his footballing legacy.

“I think the one thing I’ve always said is that I wanted him to be respected by the players I played against,” Seymour said. “When you’re out long or on events, a lot of attacking guys come up to me and tell me I played the game the right way, I was one of the toughest opponents or the best they played against.

“When they say that, I feel like I’m really in the Hall of Fame because of it.”

Now he has a golden jacket to make it official.