By LAMONT MANN
Editor’s note: Lamont Mann is part of the weekly update team (Fridays) and also weighs in on a variety of subjects during the week. He is former military and a UH grad. Follow him on Twitter @sportsmedialm
Short and sweet: something caught my attention. Tuesday morning I was listening to Seth Payne and Mike Meltser; they were playing Bill O’Brien’s takes.
Ignorantly, I thought all the audio was from the NFL Owner’s meetings but it was not. One audio clip was from the Post-Game Press Conference on January 17, 2017 after the Patriot’s loss in the playoffs, O’Brien rambled on “entitlement”.
When it comes to doing a self-evaluation, what would you like to do better as the head coach?
“Look, again, the questions are good and I know you guys have a job to do, but I’m not going to sit up here and list. There are so many things every day that I learn in this game. I learn something every day and I never have a feeling of entitlement. I hate that word and I can’t stand people that feel like they are entitled. So, I don’t want to ever feel entitled. There are thousands of things that I can get better at – work harder at this, work harder at that, try to do as good of a job as I can to end the season on a winning note at some point in time. That’s the goal. So far we haven’t been able to do that. We’ve made improvements, but it hasn’t been enough. In this league, it’s only about one thing. We’ve got to figure out how to get there and it does start with me, but I’m not going to get into the list of all the things I can improve. I try to improve every day.”
A few weeks earlier, O’Brien had a famous exchange with the Houston Chronicle’s Briant T. Smith “9 and 7 division Champs, Brian.” O’Brien appeared to be about 9-7 and a division championship.
I wouldn’t have thought about this until I heard the audio this morning but O’Brien is absolutely entitled. From my point of view, it looks like a coach telling everyone, “I won my division, F— OFF” with a meager 9 and 7 record for the past three years.
Not only is O’Brien entitled, he’s a blowhard. He is nothing more than northeasterner who thinks he’s bad ass.