Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Belichick's talk primed Patriots to win
By Tim Graham
Bill Belichick had his players wired for action when they exited the Sun Life Stadium visitors' locker room for Monday night's game against the Miami Dolphins.
Belichick, the master manipulator/motivator, delivered a stirring pregame speech before the New England Patriots excoriated the Dolphins 41-14.
Boston Herald reporter Ian R. Rapoport, speaking with several Patriots after the game, was able to give an account of what Belichick said before that steel door swung open.
Rapoport summarized the talk this way:
No one wants you. You couldn’t play for any other team. You are losers.
You are the underdogs, according to every media outlet, and you should be.
Rapoport reported Belichick went around the locker room and, to each man, delivered a reason why nobody thought that player was good enough.
No wonder outside linebacker Rob Ninkovich had the greatest game of his life with two interceptions and a sack against the team that waived him twice.
No wonder undrafted running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis led the Patriots with 76 rushing yards and a touchdown.
No wonder undrafted running back Danny Woodhead, released by the New York Jets, scored a touchdown in his second straight game.
No wonder undrafted defensive back Kyle Arrington pounced on a blocked field goal and returned it for a touchdown.
Patriots tight end Alge Crumpler called it "the greatest team effort I’ve been part of in my 10-year career."