Everyone’s had that experience of someone in a different jersey telling us “You guys better enjoy this run while it lasts!”, right?
Do they...do they think we’re NOT enjoying it??
And for all the documentaries, the 3 Games to Glory(s), the America’s Game(s), the Do Your Job(s), the NFL Top 100s, and so on and so on, the only answer to “how much else could you possibly want to know about the team that took the definition of ‘dynasty’ in the modern NFL and spiked it into the rest of the league’s collective face?” is MORE.
Forget modesty; in this case, more IS more. Heath Evans played fullback for the Patriots from 2005 until he left for New Orleans in 2009 (just in time for their Super Bowl run, natch) and over the weekend on the Your Mom’s House podcast, he riffed for almost 20 minutes on his time with the Patriots and...basically just that. Brady. Belichick. The coaching. And most importantly, what keeps the Pats playing chess while everyone else tries to cut-and-paste success.
(or, in at least one recent notable case, watching SO much Patriots tape that you end up playing yourself. It happens)
H/T to....who else? Fear the Beard on Twitter for bringing this to my attention on a hung over Bruins-watching Sunday afternoon.
Heath Evans on the YMH Podcast talking BB/TB12/Pats— 69 (@ftbeard_17) May 12, 2019
He said Belichick told Brady "If you weren't so worried about you & Gisele's next GQ magazine, maybe, just maybe you wouldn't have thrown that INT"
Also talked about Marsh, others saying NE isn't fun. Called them losers lol pic.twitter.com/5zeLeXJ62Z
Here’s the full video, cause a live show always makes these things way cooler:
(the whole thing is worth watching, if for no other reason than the first few minutes are a great “let’s remember some guys” about getting clocked by Ed Reed and Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher; the Patriots stuff really gets cooking around 3:00 in and pretty much dominates the rest of the show.)
In case you’re stuck in class or at work or have suffered the worst fate know to man - forgetting your headphones - here’s a few top-shelf cuts to help you power through Monday.
On Bill Belichick’s coaching (after Tom asks him about the “Patriot Way”):
“It’s the Belichick Way, for one.
The Belichick Way is, simply put; I’m going to do all the work, I’m going to sacrifice all the hours of sleep, I’m going to sacrifice all the man-hours, I’m going to sacrifice everything so you guys can go get the glory. Trust me. Don’t worry about you and your stats; buy into team-first mentality, and then I promise you I’ll make you the best player you can be. But you gotta trust me, and you gotta do what you’re told to do.
So ultimately, you’ve got to submit to authority, but Bill’s never going to take credit, and he will be the first one, 18-1 Super Bowl, he’ll be the first one, ‘I screwed this team. My fault. Boys, I let you down. I didn’t adjust the way I needed to, this loss is on me.’ And not for a second did you believe it was just lip service. He believed it, he lived it every single day. And so, in that environment, you only survive there if you can submit to authority and you can humble yourself to trust the process. Cause that process is going to change every week.”
On Bill coming down the hardest on his best players:
“There’s not a whole lot of people that can ‘mother-F’ Tom Brady in a team meeting room, and in New England, if you’re the superstar, you get coached harder than everyone else.”
“...he knows, ultimately, me at 35th man on the roster is going to follow Brady at #1 on the roster, so if Brady’s not challenged and he’s not working and he’s not held accountable, you create this level of inconsistency. And that’s a gift in itself.”
Yes, the obligatory “Foxborough High” story is in there as well. Respect to a classic.
On “having fun”:
“People don’t realize, all the people that come out, like, um, Marsh, Cassius Marsh, these losers that come in there like ‘oh, the place is no fun, yada yada yada’ and when you’re a winner in your heart, there’s no better place to play, there’s no more fun. Cause we’re all dying.”
On Brady’s mindset and how TB12 takes the coaching points:
“There’s also very few superstars that can take that type of humbling process about ‘are you trying to get better or do you think you’ve arrived?’ The problem is, most people think they’ve arrived, and they don’t want that type of coaching, they’re too thin-skinned, they’re too sissified, they’re too just, whatever, and they don’t want to be great. You don’t last there if you don’t want to be great.”
On Randy Moss (and listen for the classic Randy stories later on):
“I always want to praise Randy, cause Randy came here in ‘07 and helped our team, is a brilliant football player, and worked hard, but you always see different wounds in people...”
“I love Randy, he was a great teammate, a great man, a great father, he’s an awesome dude, but he got offended about his contract price, and he kind of let it boil up in his heart, and before too long he was gone.”
OK fine, here’s the Randy Moss story, because you deserve to be happy:
Heath: “Can I tell a Randy Moss story?”
Tom: “For sure!”
Heath: “We would do these private golf tournaments down at the Breakers. And it was just a 9-hole, I hated golf, but it was the easiest way to raise money from rich people.”
Tom: “Especially Palm Beach rich people!”
Heath: “So we would do this 9-hole golf course, and I would bring in Randy, and Brady, and Mr. Kraft, all these different people, and then people would pay 10, 15, 25 thousand dollars to golf with them, and they knew it was going to a great cause. Well, we’re like 3 or 4 holes in, and this lady on the golf cart comes by with all the Gatorades and peanut M&M’s and all the stuff, and stops at Randy’s hole. And, you know, she is 15 months pregnant, she’s ready to pop.”
“Randy’s got his tobacco in his mouth, ‘Girl, I’m a daddy, you can’t be out here in this Florida humidity, it’s bad for the baby, you gotta get home!”
“Oh no sir, it’s fine, the doctor said...”
(Randy voice again) “I’ve got kids, I know, you can’t be on your feet like this!”, and he’s like, touching her belly and stuff, just sweet as can be, and she’s like “sir, I know you do work, doctor says it’s fine”, and Randy whips out a wad, and I mean a wad, of hundred dollar bills and just hands it to the girl and tells her to go home. Now, he knew she couldn’t go home. She’s not going to just leave. But that’s Randy.”
I swear, it’s like every time one of these comes out, the part where for the past 20 years the Patriots tend to play their best ball right around the same time the snow starts falling makes more and more sense.