There aren’t many things that make me happier than the postgame locker room videos from Foxboro.
You’ve got all the players excited after a big win, Coach Belichick letting ’em know what’s what, and Matthew Slater ends it with some inspiration. It’s always awesome, and this week was no different.
I’d love to include the video here, but due to restrictions I cannot. Here’s a link to the whole thing.
Now that you’ve watched the video, here are my three biggest takeaways from it.
First, I love how this team carries itself.
It’s pretty self explanatory, but these guys are awesome. Come in pumped after a big win, but they’re still professional to the max. Don’t get me wrong, I love dudes getting hyped out of their minds. It’s an adrenaline filled game, going nuts is to be expected, but seeing just how calm and collected the Pats are is crazy. All these guys, even the ones who haven’t played in New England for long, act like they’ve been there before. Their celebrations are tame, they’re obviously elated, but they know there’s more business to be handled.
That brings me to my second takeaway, Bill Belichick might be a robot.
His team just got done drubbing Cincinnati and he’s already onto the next game. Immediately talking about Pittsburgh. Hell, the guy even said “five wins is not going to be enough,” like it’s not guaranteed the Patriots are winning at least eleven games. Just nuts. This is why the Patriots have held a stranglehold on the NFL for 15+ years. They understand it’s a grind. Their players get it, their coaches get it, and that’s why they win.
And my third takeaway involves one Martellus Bennett.
After Robert Kraft presented BB with a football commemorating his 250th victory, and Matthew Slater broke the team down (aaaahhhhhh yeaaaaahhhhhhh), Marty B. stayed in the middle and congratulated his coach on the accomplishment. For a guy who’s had a career filled with coaches he’s hated, that’s a surprising move, but simply another testament to Bill Belichick. He takes these guys who were outcasted by other organizations, and guys who are labeled as problems, and gets everything out of them. He doesn’t mold them, he doesn’t shape them. He’s true, upfront, makes it clear what he wants from his guys, and more often than not, it works magnificently.