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Deion Branch says Patriots aren’t thinking about Super Bowls past

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Deion Branch has earned two Super Bowl rings and one MVP award with the Patriots, but he’s not interested in talking about past Super Bowls this week.

And Branch, who left to sign with the Seahawks and wasn’t around for the Patriots’ loss in Super Bowl XLII, says his teammates really aren’t interested in talking about that Super Bowl this week.

“This team doesn’t talk about the past,” Branch said. “Since the day we knew we were going to the Super Bowl, in the locker room nothing was spoken about Super Bowl XLII. It’s behind those guys. They lost the game. It is what it is. They didn’t play good football and they lost. This is a different game, different team, different players, and it’s going to be a different game Sunday.”

Branch also said that while he likes talking to younger players about his experiences, he doesn’t think he has any particular wisdom to impart.

“I truly enjoy sharing the knowledge with the younger guys in our group and talking to the guys about the experience in the past, but as far as talking about what we did in the Super Bowls in the past, those guys watched the game,” Branch said. “I’m pretty sure they’ve seen the highlights that have been shown on the NFL Network and ESPN and all that stuff. I’m not treating it any different. Practicing hard, doing everything we’ve been doing all year long.”

At his press conference today, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked whether Branch is overlooked in the Patriots’ passing game, and Belichick went on at length about all the ways Branch contributes to the team. Branch’s contributions to past Super Bowls may not be relevant, but Belichick clearly sees a lot of benefits Branch can bring to the Patriots this Sunday.

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14 Responses to “Deion Branch says Patriots aren’t thinking about Super Bowls past”
  1. Ralphie says: Jan 30, 2012 6:31 PM

    “This is a different game, different team, different players, and it’s going to be a different game Sunday.”
    _____________________________

    Call the NY tabloids, “it’s going to be a different game Sunday” is code for “I am guaranteeing a Pats win.”

  2. eastsideballa says: Jan 30, 2012 6:36 PM

    I was originally upset that the Pats were in the superbowl again but at least its not the f***ing steelers…f*** you steeler nation

  3. tombradyallday says: Jan 30, 2012 6:58 PM

    deion is their best one on one outside receiver. him and ocho if ocho plays can contribute GREATLY.

  4. bmceh says: Jan 30, 2012 7:20 PM

    Way to draw attention to your past accolades, Deion. And why in the frickedy frick couldn’t you catch a flippin’ pass or avoid missing a plethora of games due to bogus injuries while in Seattle?

    “Tanks for nuthin, Danny”

  5. patriotinvasion says: Jan 30, 2012 7:23 PM

    Laugh all you want, but if I have 3rd and 7 in a big game and I need a guy to find an opening against zone 8 yards down field, there’s no one I’d rather have than Deion Branch. 10 catches in Super Bowl XXXVIII and 11 catches in Super Bowl XXXIX (Super Bowl MVP). The guy is just a big game player, period.

  6. situsavaisprier says: Jan 30, 2012 7:28 PM

    Definitely Ralphie, good call on that. Someone will then say that in this game you can win or lose, so saying things will be different means Branch is saying Patriots will win. As a Giants fan the NY Media been annoying year in and year out, but Brady’s quote took the cake all year and for several years.

    And to think I thought them missquoting Tuck as saying he would knock Vick out instead of how he really said that he would err on the caution of knocking Vick out of bounds after referencing Vick’s ability to gain chunks of extra yardage running near the sideline.

  7. gottaplan says: Jan 30, 2012 7:45 PM

    The more these guys say they are not thinking about past Super Bowl’s, makes me think that is exactly what they are doing!

  8. bmceh says: Jan 30, 2012 8:21 PM

    If it’s 3rd and anything, I’m looking for Wes Welker, Hernandez, or Gradkowski. Branch is out there to “accidentally” free up Welker with an illegal pick play.

  9. sschmiggles says: Jan 30, 2012 8:52 PM

    Everyone’s forgotten Wes Welker in this game

  10. j0esixpack says: Jan 30, 2012 8:57 PM

    There is a lesson to be learned from that game however.

    Before the Giants and their fans spend too much time disrespecting the Patriots defense they might want to remember that a few years back not too many people were giving a certain team much of a shot of beating an 18-0 team.

  11. mnfan1 says: Jan 30, 2012 9:30 PM

    Branch is going to be a good 3rd-4th option. Ocho can be the designated Gatorade boy

  12. NakedCowboy! says: Jan 30, 2012 9:31 PM

    branch on any other team – would be cut!

    this guys is well past its prime… his chemistry with brady is so awesome that he is still balling…

  13. gamermwm says: Jan 30, 2012 9:37 PM

    This guy is a BEAST! As soon as everyone starts to forget that, he always reminds you in a big way

    Not a huge Pats fan, but I’ve always liked Branch. I was sad when they let him walk a few years ago, and was excited knowing he’d play well when he signed with them again

    Does he benefit from having a HOF QB? Yes. But sometimes it takes a real leader to get the playmaker in somebody to come out

    2-Time Superbowl MVP?

  14. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 30, 2012 10:46 PM

    j0esixpack says:
    Jan 30, 2012 8:57 PM
    There is a lesson to be learned from that game however.

    Before the Giants and their fans spend too much time disrespecting the Patriots defense they might want to remember that a few years back not too many people were giving a certain team much of a shot of beating an 18-0 team
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    One thing has absolutely nothing to do with the other. JUST. STOP.

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