Today is media day, which is one of the craziest days on the NFL calender. Each Super Bowl team is put into an arena for two hours apiece, and the media just lets it fly. This is a fun day, as there are always light-hearted moments, but it also gives some players a chance to answer questions on a national stage for the first time.
Here is a quick preview for today: (A simple ranking of the top storylines in my eyes)
1. Rob Gronkowski
I know Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are the biggest draws, but we have already heard them talk multiple times over the last 8 days, so they can’t top the list. Instead, I’ve got arguably the dude with the simplest, most “bro-ish” personality in the NFL at number one, because you never know if Gronk is going to give the line of his life on media day. Now, generally Gronkowski is toned down in his interviews, giving the typical Patriot answers, but there’s always the chance he lets out a “Yo Soy Fiesta”, so let’s keep our fingers crossed.
2. Darrelle Revis
Revis has said multiple times he won’t get suckered into the best corner talk with Richard Sherman this week, but his biggest test awaits today. The media will constantly hound him about Sherman’s antics, and it will take a lot of willpower from Revis to stay away from it. This is also Revis’ first Super Bowl, so it will be interesting to see how he handles it.
3. Jamie Collins
Not only is Collins one of the quieter dudes on this team, he is one of the few stars in the NFL that doesn’t like to let the public know what he is feeling. Collins just doesn’t like talking with the media, and while he has escaped it all year long, there will be no escaping media day. In fact, Collins is one of the Patriots that will get his own podium, which means he will get even more questions. Collins is one of the most talented defensive players in the entire league, and it will be fun to see what the shy linebacker has to say about the upcoming Super Bowl.
4. Brandon Browner
Browner has already made some headlines this week as he proclaimed in an interview with ESPN that he will implore his Patriots teammates to go after Richard Sherman’s hurt elbow, even going as far as saying they should break his arm. Browner was a key member of Seattle’s original ‘Legion of Boom’, and he might have a few things to say about that now that he is on the other sideline. The Pats’ secondary is just as good as the Seahawks’, and Browner will want to prove it on Sunday.
5. LeGarrette Blount
Blount can be a fun interview at times, and I am looking forward to hearing his thoughts on the running back matchup between himself and Marshawn Lynch. Both are big, bruising backs, and they will each be looking to inflict as much pain as possible on the opponent. Of course, the Patriots are one of the most versatile offenses in the league, so Shane Vereen might be the one that sees the most playing time in the backfield. Either way, it will be interesting to hear what Blount has to say.
(New England’s session is scheduled to start at 12:30 PM ET)