Michael and Martellus Bennett have a lot to say.
The two brothers always have, even going back to their time at Texas A&M. Their outspoken nature has turned off plenty of fans from their opponents. Hell, with as much as they’ve taunted the Rams, I’d be surprised if there were any Rams fans left who didn’t consider them in the top tier of "NFL players I want the Rams to embarass." Their gregariousness has also endeared them to a class of fans who appreciate their honesty, candor...and ridiculousness.
It’s what makes ESPN’s Mina Kimes’ profile of the brothers so compelling.
They don’t hold back. Ever. On anyone. Here are the two on Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher:
Martellus: "If a QB went 7 -- 9, he'd never be able to find a job."
Michael: "Make sure he's in the NFC West."
And on Philadelphia Eagles, and former St. Louis Rams, QB Sam Bradford:
Michael: "The greatest quarterback in the NFL."
Martellus: "Vicious. Competitive."
Michael: "A real Joe Montana."
If it stings, it’s because it rings true. And it’s not as if the two haven’t backed up their talk with solid careers.
Michael, a longtime Seattle Seahawks DE, heads into his eight NFL season in 2016 as one of the league’s better pass rushers coming off of a Pro Bowl 2015 campaign. Martellus, a ninth-year TE vet, joins the New England Patriots in 2016. His Pro Bowl appearance came in 2014.
They’re a fascinating duo — outspoken, brash and unapologetic in a league that values the exact opposite. I doubt we’ve heard the last from them in general.
And I doubt we won’t hear from them this season with the Rams set to take on Michael Seahawks in Week 2 in the Coliseum and Week 15 in Seattle.