With media day in the books, it is really smooth sailing from here until Super Sunday. Yes, there will still be time for the media to talk with the players, and as always, Roger Goodell will speak on Friday, but media day is without a doubt the biggest hurdle for the players en route to the big game.
The only surprising comment I heard all day came for Mr. LeGarrette Blount. The rest of the team was cordial and complimentary in their comments, showing nothing but pure focus on the upcoming matchup. And while Blount certainly is focused on the task at hand as well, he just went about it in a different way. “I don’t care about them being the top defense, that doesn’t bother me,” Blount said. “They were good enough to get here, just like we were good enough to get here. They’re not immortal. They can be beaten.”
I like the confidence from Blount, but he better back it up on Sunday. The Seahawks (like the Patriots) feed off of this kind of motivation, and will be ready to take on the big New England back.
Excitement All Around
The Super Bowl is a huge event, and as a player, I’m pretty sure you’re lying if you say you aren’t excited. I did a quick count on all the transcipts up on patriots.com, and saw 15 uses of the word ‘excited’. Rob Ninkovich led the way with 5, Danny Amendola followed with 4, and Wilfork and Gronk each used it 3 times. My point? This group is ready to go, and they really want to get this win.
Gronk, Jules Have Some Fun
There is always a lighter tone at media day, and Rob Gronkowski was the guy that led the charge in this area for New England. He read Gronk erotica, sang Katy Perry, had a dance off, and took a harmless jab at Edelman’s dance skills. When asked who was the worst dancer on the team, the big tight end responded by saying, “Julian Edelman. He’s the worst dancer.”
Edelman was asked about Gronkowski as a teammate, and he had some interesting things to say as well. “Rob is a great teammate,” Edelman said. “He’s a big goofball, a big baby. All he cares about is football and football. You love having him in the locker room. He makes things fun. He works hard. He’s all about this team. It’s great to have him. He’s one of the best.”
Bring it on Sunday, boys.