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How David Andrews can relate to Michael Jordan after watching 'The Last Dance'

How David Andrews can relate to Michael Jordan after watching 'The Last Dance'

Like millions of Americans, David Andrews was transfixed by ESPN's "The Last Dance," its documentary series on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

Like very few Americans, the New England Patriots center actually can empathize with what Jordan and the 1990s Bulls went through.

Andrews has been with New England for two of its six Super Bowl championships, so he knows how hard it is to not only win a title but come back the next year and sustain that success.

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So, when Jordan admitted in "The Last Dance" that one of his primary emotions after winning a championship was relief, it struck a chord with Andrews.

"After championships, it's tough. Like, it's so draining," Andrews said in a recent chat with NBC Sports Boston's "The Camera Guys."

"They talked about the relief part of it -- (Jordan) was like, 'It was kind of like a sigh of relief' -- and I think that win, lose or draw, there's a sigh of relief at the end of the season, because you've been in it (and) you're coming up for fresh air a little bit."

Jordan's Bulls won three straight championships on two separate occasions, a remarkable accomplishment considering the Patriots only repeated as champs once (2003 and 2004) under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

New England had already won four Super Bowl titles when Andrews arrived in 2015, though, and he now sees a parallel between Jordan's Bulls and the Patriots team he joined as a rookie.

"You see just the leadership qualities that (Jordan) had and the drive that he had," Andrews said. "Being a part of the Patriots and such a great franchise, that's something you learn coming in very quickly.

"As a younger player watching older players, guys like (Devin) McCourty, Julian (Edelman), Matthew Slater -- or for me, (offensive linemen) Nate Solder (and) Sebastian Vollmer -- watching those guys go day-in and day-out, how they competed, how they attacked it and their process, it really shows you why the teams like that have success."

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Andrews obviously saw shades of Jordan in Brady, too, especially after Jordan delivered a line in "The Last Dance" defending his tough love of teammate Scotty Burrell.

"I think Mike even talked about it: 'When the pressure's on, when it's tough out there, do I know I can count on you?' " Andrews said. 

"I think that's something I've noticed a lot of our great leaders do. It's not just them, but you building that trust in them and knowing that I'm not going to snap the ball wrong or whatever it may be.' "

The Patriots no longer have their "Jordan" after Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency. But Andrews is set to return in 2020 after missing the 2019 season due to blood clots and hopes to continue New England's tradition of success.

Check out Andrews' full chat with "The Camera Guys" on YouTube below:

 

WATCH: Rob Gronkowski loses WWE 24/7 title to R-Truth

WATCH: Rob Gronkowski loses WWE 24/7 title to R-Truth

Rob Gronkowski's run as WWE 24/7 champion has come to an end.

The former New England Patriots tight end, who has been the 24/7 champ for the last 58 days, was defeated by R-Truth in his backyard while filming a TikTok video. Yes, that's a lot to process, so we'll just let you watch the clip below:


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What that means for Gronk's WWE future is uncertain, but it looks like it's officially time for No. 87 to shift his focus to the upcoming season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Gronk initially won the 24/7 championship at WrestleMania 36, where he pinned Mojo Rawley.

Dante Scarnecchia hints at new Patriots offensive line coaching structure

Dante Scarnecchia hints at new Patriots offensive line coaching structure

Dante Scarnecchia reportedly helped the New England Patriots at this year's NFL Scouting Combine, but he's not coming out of retirement a second time.

How do we know this? Because the former Patriots offensive line coach has already named his successors.

In a recent interview with ESPN's Mike Reiss, Scarnecchia all but confirmed that Patriots assistants Cole Popovich and Carmen Bricillo will coach the offensive line in tandem this season.

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"They're both really good coaches and both really good people. Very, very smart guys," Scarnecchia told Reiss. "I know no one has been named, and there are reasons for that, but clearly those are the two guys that are going to do it, and I think they'll do an outstanding job.

"The other thing is they know the players. It's not like they're new, coming in from the outside. They've both been around there -- especially Cole, who has been in the system for five years. Carm for one."

The Patriots' official website (which has never been heavy on details) still lists Scarnecchia as the team's offense line coach. Popovich is listed as New England's assistant running backs coach, while Bricillo is labeled a "coaching assistant."

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Both assistant coaches have experience on the offensive line, though: Popovich was the offensive line coach at Minot State for two seasons until joining the Patriots in 2015, while Bricillo spent nine years as Youngstown State's offensive line coach before coming to New England in 2019.

The Patriots went outside the organization to replace Scarnecchia the first time he retired, naming Dave DeGuglielmo their offensive line coach in 2014. DeGuglielmo lasted just two seasons in New England, though, and it appears the Patriots are promoting from within this time to replace the legendary Scarnecchia -- who, to be clear, is not coming back in 2020.

"I've done it for 48 years. I think that's plenty," Scarnecchia told Reiss, "and I'm really, really grateful for every day, every year of those 48, and all the things it's provided us."