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Ray Lewis delivers uncomfortable pump-up speech for Patriots

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Ray Lewis delivers uncomfortable pump-up speech for Patriots

Pregame speeches are great for athletes. They should be strange for everyone else. There's a lot of screaming, things are blown way out of proportion -- it's a whole thing. 

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For example, even the biggest Patriots fan has to be at least partially weirded out by Tom Brady’s shrill “let’s go” shrieking or his pre-Super Bowl XLIX “It’s about honor” speech. Yet those things work. They get teammates riled up put them in the right frame of mind to execute a carefully devised gameplan with an absolute crapload of energy. 

On Sunday, the NFL tweeted quite possibly the weirdest thing ever. Ray Lewis, certainly one with a knack for firing up his teammates, can be seen in what appears to be a garage giving a speech as though he were playing for the Patriots in Super Bowl LI. The video was tweeted for the most part without context, as it was accompanied with only,  “So. Many. Chills” in addition to a description of the video being “epic.” He also did one for the Falcons.

The video can be seen here, with a full transcription below. Kudos to the NFL for breaking up sentences mid-sentence for effect.  

There’s nothing new about this. This is the moment. That we now have a chance to see again. Four rings! And people telling us, they’re telling us that we’re OK with losing. Champions never be OK with losing.

Five rings. Five rings says everything for what we’ve built. What we’ve done. It’s never about the wins and losses. It’s about the opportunity to be a champion for the rest of your life. Thats what the New England Patriots believe in. That’s what our culture is. And guess what? It may be us against the world, but who cares? Today is all that matters. Every time you snap the whistle, every time the ball moves. You hit whatever’s in front of you. 

Fourth quarter, real champions find a way to win. Because of fundamentals. That’s why we’re so doggone god. People want to talk about why we do what we do. And why we’re so consistent. Because we come to work every day, put on our hard hats, and regardless if you like us, you better respect us. Because if you won’t, I promise you the scoreboard will. 

This is a chance. To capture a legacy. That’s forever. And somebody. Somebody will be inspired. Once you host the Lombardi Trophy. Once you’re able to see it one more time. Once you’re able to kiss it one more time. you will know that the New England Patriots are probably the greatest team of all time, probably the greatest moments of all time. 

It’s your time now, Brady. It’s your time now, leader. It’s your time, general. It’s your time. Lead us to the next place. You’ve done it for so long. Somebody’s trying to come take your thrown. Somebody’s trying to take your throne. 

You must make this personal. This has to be personal. Because everybody’s saying you’re okay because you’ve already been to four. Look around this locker room and look in these men’s eyes. And let them see why you were picked in the sixth round. Let them see what that passion feels like. Today, today were’ crowned as the champions as the world. 

Five. New England Patriots. Let’s go. 
 

Brady touched by Gronk's loyalty, sad for Jimmy G

Brady touched by Gronk's loyalty, sad for Jimmy G

Tom Brady sounded humbled both by his team's performance and his All-Pro tight end's pledge of loyalty to him in the aftermath of the Patriots' 26-10 loss to the Lions in Detroit on Sunday night.

Of Rob Gronkowski's acknowledgment that he was nearly traded to the Lions in the offseason and that "Brady's my quarterback. I'm not going anywhere without Brady," the Patriots quarterback, in his weekly WEEI interview on the "Kirk and Callahan" show, said the feeling is mutual about Gronk.

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“Well, I think that speaks to our relationship and I feel as strongly about him as he does about me," he said. "I love the guy. He has had a big impact on my career personally, professionally. Like I said, I am very lucky to play with him and we’re going to keep fighting. We are going to keep going after it week in and week out. We’re going to figure out a way to get this thing turned around.”

Brady would comment specifically on the rumored trade, but called it "nothing short of a miracle" that Gronk is playing after fighting through injuries throughout his career. 

“I don’t want to get into any hypotheticals and things like that. I have played with him for a long time," he said. "I think so highly of him as a player, as a person, as a friend, as a teammate and I am lucky to play with such a great player and someone who I just love being out there with. [He is] such a great competitor with what he’s fought through over the course of his career. Nothing short of a miracle in a lot of ways. … I love playing with Gronk. 

Brady also expressed sympathy for his former backup QB, Jimmy Garoppolo, who is likely out for the season with a torn ACL suffered in the San Francisco 49ers loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

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“I feel terrible for him,” Brady said. “It’s a tough injury. I feel bad for Jimmy, and it's football. Things happen like that. I've been through an ACL. It just sucks. You hate to see people go down, and (Jimmy) is someone I really like and have been friends with since the day he got here. It just sucks to have to go through that.”

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For Patriots, 'gotta play better, gotta coach better' never rang more true

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For Patriots, 'gotta play better, gotta coach better' never rang more true

The Patriots fell to 1-2 on the season with a stunning 26-10 loss in Detroit against former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. Click here for the boxscore, and here to watch what the coaches, players and analysts were saying after the game.

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The biggest X-factor going into this game was how well-prepared the Lions would be by Matt Patricia, given his knowledge of what the Patriots would like to do on both sides of the ball.

Based the Lions’ success, it’s safe to say he sniffed some things out.

Defensively, Detroit didn’t appear to blitz much. The Lions just played solid coverage and rushed four most of the time. That was plenty to keep the Patriots receivers from running free and allowing Tom Brady to stand back and pick them apart. The sacks they had were coverage sacks. The pick they had was an instance where Brady appeared to just wing it into coverage hoping to pick up a chunk. It wasn’t close.

Meanwhile, the Lions took full advantage offensively of the Patriots' inept and unimaginative pass rush. Aside from Deatrich Wise showing up with a terrific singular effort on his sack, there was precious little heat on Matt Stafford and he was content to find the holes on the sidelines and throw short over the middle where the Patriots labor to cover.

Most discouraging for New England was the way Patricia and his offensive coordinator, Jim Bob Cooter, exposed Malcom Brown and Lawrence Guy at the point of attack, rooting them out of there and then getting LeGarrette Blount and Kerryon Johnson to the second level with speed.

The Patriots were outcoached, certainly. But they also seemed to just take it on defense. They got pushed around, play after play, and just kept lining up and allowing it to happen again. 

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