Bill Belichick knows what’s coming. He’s started to set up his team’s defense against obvious media storylines just like he’s started to devise ways to stop the Giants wide receivers.
Repeat it with us: The Giants and Patriots are different teams than they were in 2008.
“Coach told us this would be a different ballgame all together,” wideout Matthew Slater said via Jackie Macmullen of ESPN.com. “He said the Giants only have eight of their guys left from that game, and we have only five guys.”
Those numbers are a little off, but the point remains. The Patriots aren’t going to get drawn into a conversation about their last Super Bowl appearance.
“Bill said this is our own game. That other one is gone,” safety James Ihedigbo said.
Tom Brady and Robert Kraft have both said this week that they can’t bear to watch highlights of Super Bowl 42. The only solution is to make some positive memories this time around.
“Put your blinders on and focus on the target,” Brady said Belichick told the team.
Yeah, the Patriots aren’t going to provide many exciting quotes before the game. That’s fine. We just want another great game.