It is truly amazing to me how so many people continue to insist that New England is a cold, unemotional Belichickean machine which plays each game with a flat heart rate. I couldn't disagree more; while boring and monotonous throughout the week's preparation, I think these Pats play with more emotion, heart, swagger, and fire than any other team in the NFL. Do you think Tom Brady's mega-spike in the Pittsburgh game was installed into the gameplan earlier in the week? Were James Sanders' and Devin McCourty's mock post-pick Jet Plane celebrations adjustments sent into Jerod Mayo's helmet pre-play? Was Brady's taunting of the Jet's sideline on Monday night predicated on treating the Jets game just like any other game? Do you think Brady audibled at the line of scrimmage into a play which called for Aaron Hernandez to make it rain after his one yard touchdown reception in Gillette on Monday? Even Belichick injects some heat- any analyst who says Belichick ran up the score to gain the edge in the strength of victory tie breaker is out of his mind . Belichick hears what guys like Rex Ryan say and he wants nothing more than to go out, outcoach the other guy across the sideline, and remind the world that the AFC East is his division. Make no mistake- this group wants to win and will not hesitate to celebrate any and all success. And why not? They are performing better than any other team in the League and they have beaten the absolute best the AFC has to offer.
Look, we have all heard exactly how much emphasis the Patriots place on the importance of preparation before the season and in between games. Brady, Belichick, Mayo, Wilfork, McCourty, Welker, they all swear by it. Walk into the Patriots facility during the weak and I'm sure you can hear a pin drop as players tuck themselves away in front of film in the classrooms. A cemetery would be more exciting. But this team shows up to work so they can humiliate teams who refuse to accept the significance of preparation. In the preseason, Ryan stood laughing as his team played with shake weights and ate Big Macs on the sidelines of practice. The same team just got blow out by 42 points in what may have been the most hyped regular season game in the history of the NFL. The Patriots, on the other hand, played with fire, muscle, excitement, adrenaline, and power and they let the Jets know it. Goof off during the boring stuff, say the Patriots, because we're going to go out on game day, on the stage, kick your butt, and let all of America know how much we love being better than you. Businesslike and predictable? Maybe during the week, but right now Sundays belong to the Pats, and I don't think anyone is more pumped about it than they are.
This team isn't compiled of boring robots- it's quite the opposite. This team is made up of serious workers who win big, and have an absolute blast doing so.