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When facing the Pats, just shut your mouth

Len Pasquarelli says the Steelers and young safety Anthony Smith learned a valuable lesson Sunday -- don't give the Pats extra motivation.

Originally Published: December 9, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Memo to New York Jets coach Eric Mangini, whose team is the next speed bump in the path of the New England Patriots and NFL history: At the risk of alienating the local media and perhaps incurring a league fine, impose a wholesale gag order on your roster this week.

No designated spokesmen. No fabricated quotes. Not even any packaged, syrupy platitudes citing the brilliance of the undefeated Patriots. And, for gosh sakes, don't raise the issue of that ...

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