Brandon Browner is a free agent again after recently finding himself on the wrong side of the Seahawks‘ roster bubble. Though he experienced some success with the Patriots and Darrelle Revis during the 2014 season, he probably won’t wind up back in New England or with Revis in New York.
For one, Browner just isn’t any good. He’s a frequently penalized, inconsistent, and old (32) cornerback. And secondly, he once reportedly punched Revis in the face.
On Wednesday, the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe revealed a story on his “Locked On Patriots” podcast about Browner’s stint with the Patriots. That story involves Browner clocking Revis during practice.
Here’s the story, as told by Howe:
This is, again, from two witnesses.
The Patriots were walking out to practice at one point during the 2014 season when Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis spearheaded that secondary — a Super Bowl-winning defense. And they’re kind of jawing back and forth, talking a little trash to each other. I think they had some sort of low-key argument just going on and on and on, and it’s lingering. Then they get out to the practice field, they’re going through a handful of plays, offense vs. defense, and Browner blows a coverage. So Revis gets on Browner, gets in his face, ‘Oh you blew the coverage, this is the play call, you missed the play call.’ Browner’s going back at him, telling him to get away from him.
And it gets to the point where Browner actually wound up and cold-cocked Revis right in the face, knocks him down to the ground, and those two had to be separated by the rest of their teammates.
So they basically picked themselves up, realize, ‘Holy crap, what just happened here? What did we allow this thing to get down to?’ And then they decide all right, they shake hands, they get back to practice, and they move on. And it was never a problem.
Howe then explained how the scuffle didn’t cause an rifts in the locker room. Locker-room chemistry and friendships weren’t impacted. He also added that Bill Belichick handled the situation quickly. As Howe said, the punch turned into a complete non-story.
And for me, that’s the biggest takeaway from the story. The Patriots’ star cornerback got punched in the face during practice and it didn’t become an issue. Heck, it didn’t even become a reported story until two years later. That’s just one reason why Belichick is easily the most successful coach in the league.
Both Browner and Revis went on to play a vital role during the Patriots’ Super Bowl run. Revis gave Belichick’s defense a legitimate lockdown corner while Browner’s contribution on the Malcolm Butler interception shouldn’t be overlooked. The Seahawks tried to pick Butler on the play but Browner’s physical approach, which frequently leads to penalties, actually paid off. He prevented the receiver from screening Butler and Butler ended up beating Ricardo Lockette to Russell Wilson‘s pass, which stole the Super Bowl away from the Seahawks.
Neither player ended up back on the team the next season, but that probably didn’t have much to do with the fight. Revis wanted tons of money and got it from the Jets, while Browner was on the downside of his career (he went on to “steal” millions from the Saints). And in typical Patriots fashion, they rebounded by turning Butler — an undrafted free agent — into a darn good NFL cornerback. That’s so Belichick.
And again, the main reason why Belichick probably won’t want to sign Browner is because Browner isn’t any good. Browner set a penalty record last season and couldn’t carve out a spot on a stacked Seahawks defense.
Source: CBS Sports / Brandon Browner reportedly punched Darrelle Revis in the face in 2014