“I Know Eli Manning is Probably Watching This” – Michael Bennett Introduced in Philly

Bennett's introductory press conference in 2018
via PhiladelphiaEagles.com

“It’s a place I wanted to be. This is a football city. This is a sports city.”

Words from Michael Bennett’s opening statement during his first media availability in Philadelphia.

The defensive end/tackle hybrid spoke for about 20 minutes this afternoon, touching on a variety of topics from his trade (he was in Japan when he got the news), to playing in the Eagles’ defensive scheme, to whether or not he’ll bring his social justice activism from Seattle to Philly.

Most of the transcription below:

Q: Why do you think you were you traded? 

Bennett: I don’t know. I think in any organization there’s a shelf life, a time for everybody. You end up just running your course. I think there’s a time when organizations want to move forward and play young guys, but still have guys who are older but can still play at a high level and you want to get value for them. That’s just part of the business. You respect everybody in the organization for their opinion, but you look forward to new opportunities that are in front of you, and this is a great opportunity for me. It’s not like I was traded to a bad team. This is the team in the NFL, the #1 team. It’s the opportunity to be a part of something even greater.

Q: Have you lobbied the franchise to bring your brother Martellus here? 

Bennett: Nah, I would love for my brother to play here, but no pressure on the organization to bring him in. It’s always been a dream of mine to play with him and win a championship with him and just go out there on Sundays and have the kids play together. It almost happened before in Chicago, but it would be great to have him here.

Q: Are you comfortable with a lesser role? Fewer snaps?

Bennett: Oh yea, I’m comfortable with taking less plays. But I like I said, I came here to be an All-Star and continue to play at a Pro Bowl level. I don’t think that’s any different with taking snaps off, and having more longevity to a career is something that every player wishes and dreams about. When you think of this organization and play counts and snaps, (it’s about) keeping guys fresh for the moments that count. Because, at the end of the day, it’s not about September and October and November, it’s about January and February. To be able to keep guys fresh and have those opportunities where you have guys to be able to keep rushing the quarterback as savage as we can, you know, you have to go out there and play savage every single play. I think having less snaps can give you the opportunity to do that.

Q: Defensive scheme, differences between Seattle and Philly and playing the inside/outside?

Bennett: I think Seattle did the same thing, allowed us to flourish in the best positions. I think this defense is no different. If you look at Jim Schwartz over the years as a defensive line coach or coordinator or head coach, he’s always put the defensive line in a position to be great, whether it’s Detroit, Tennessee, he’s always had his linemen be the greater part of the defense when it comes to (rushing). This is no different, this situation. It plays to my hand to be around other great players. To have the opportunity to play with them is a blessing.

Q: Plantar fasciitis injury from last year? How much did it affect you and do you have to do anything with it in the offseason?

Bennett: Nah, you just rest man. In the game, the media always judge you and say you’re injured, but I think in the NFL every player is injured, it’s just about who can play through the injuries and who can play through the tough situations, whatever their body is dealing with, or whatever’s happening at home. How can you go out there and play at a high level? For me that’s never been a problem, no matter what I was dealing with I always came out and played as hard as I could and always gave everything. I don’t think that’s any different in this situation. I’ll go out there and give every single thing every single time.

Q: Did your trade have anything to do with reports that Seattle was looking to have less “activism” in the locker room? Did you give any weight to that at all?

Bennett: I don’t think so. I think me and coach Carroll’s relationship goes further than player to coach. It goes from human being to human being, and man to man. I think we’ve always had a great relationship as far as my respect for him as a man and his respect for me as a man. I don’t think there was ever an issue with him, I think it was just more about getting value for players where you can get (it). If you look at some of the great teams, and sometimes they hold on to players too long – the Pittsburgh Steelers and some of those other guys when they had some of their vets. I think (Seattle) just wanted to go younger. And no disrespect to them, but it’s a greater respect to me to be able to have teams that want me to come play for their organization. Howie (Roseman) called me and expressed the value he sees in me as a player, and as the man I am. I think that’s something that’s very honorable.

Q: What type of relationship do you have with Malcolm Jenkins through the player’s coalition?

Bennett: I would talk to Malcolm once a week during the season just because we were doing so much together. He’s a man’s man and an honorable person and he believes what he believes in. For me, to be part of an organization with people like that, and a team that’s committed like that from top to bottom is something I look forward to. I think me coming to Philly isn’t just about winning championships on the field. I want to be a champion off the field and be able to work in the community all across the city and give back and work with youth and young women. To be able to do those things is something I feel is important to me as a person and my development as a man.

Q: How aware were you that the Eagles have an owner who supports player expression?

Bennett: I think it was easy to see. You see the work the organization is trying to do. You see the work some of the players are trying to do. You can see the organization is one of those that’s trying to be the best they can when it comes to participating in off the field issues and participating in the community.

Q: Do you plan on continuing your national anthem protest?

Bennett: I’m just here to talk about football today, just to go out and keep working and keep doing what I can, on and off the field, and keep being a great leader. I think right now this is about me fitting in with this team and finding out what my role is as a player and letting everything else happens as it happens. But right now I think the main focus is to come in and be the best teammate, the best player, and best leader I can possibly be to the young players, and come in and find out who the veterans are and lean on them for guidance about the city and how to move around.

Q: Eagles difference and how it compares to the Seattle scheme? (similar to earlier question)

Bennett: It’s attractive; I think in Seattle there was a little bit more responsibility because we played a little bit of a different defense, but I still played with great defensive linemen. Cliff Avril, one of the best to play the game. I had so many great players around me who were some of the best to ever play. This defense is just another opportunity to line up on tight ends. Honestly, I don’t think there’s a tight end in the NFL who can block me. I know Eli Manning is probably watching this and thinking, ‘yes, I’m coming.’ I know Dak is watching this and saying, ‘yea he’s coming.’ Yea, I am. And Alex Smith, he knows he can’t run from me. I told him in the Pro Bowl. It’s definitely gonna be a great season and it will be fun to be out here and be able to chase quarterbacks. I just know third down, and second down and first down, is gonna be fun.

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21 Responses

    1. We’re still searching for the footage of our police officers holding guns to Mr Bennett’s head. No footage of any officers screaming at him telling him they were going to blow his head of either. Still no apology from him or the woke media.

      1. I can’t wait for 2020 when Elizabeth Warren beats Trump and confiscates all guns, including from the racist police.

        1. We can beat Trump if Oprah runs.
          WE can do it, i know we can.
          Just like that ant and teh rubber tree plant!
          “Oprah 2020 – Because All lives matter….”

          She can give out a free can of that cheese broccoli ‘Oprah’ soup and a
          free issue of “Oprah” magazine(with here on every cover).
          That would be awesome!
          GO OPRAH!

  1. “When you are the purveyor of hysteria or work in the hysteria trade you hurt the things that really matter.
    This is exactly what Michael Bennett did with his story in Vegas. You may not have heard about it, because no one knew how to walk back their coverage of it, but you can make the argument that he fanned the flames of racial division for personal gain. (He’s got a book coming out).
    Either way, I hope he takes Eli’s head off.

  2. Soft, liberal, pussy-ass, Philadelphia media asks no questions about fabricating a story against law enforcement

    1. How illiterate are you? Are you semi-literate like our president or full on illiterate? Because, had you been able to read, you wouldn’t have made such a stupid comment.

        1. What do you mean I’m funny, funny how? What’s so fuckin’ funny about me? Am I here to amuse you?

  3. “It’s a place I wanted to be. This is a football city. This is a sports city. This is a place where I can falsely accuse more cops.”

  4. All cops are racist and they set out to kill black people. We need to take guns away from cops just like they did in the UK.

        1. It was them email servers Hillary had running in her basement that she used to siphon
          off money from the treasury and goldman sachs and stuff it in her charity accts in the caymans
          that got Hillary. Otherwise she is fine uncorruptable upstanding human.
          It was nice of her to spend millions of campaign donations to buy her facially challenged kid a couple of mansions.
          Hillary and Oprah should run in 2020.
          Its a slam dunk!

  5. Thanks for all the support. Sorry I am only going to make it one term (if I get that far), but is sure is fun.

    Catch you on Twitter. I am also working on a reality show for 2020!

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