Two NFL legends have criticized New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount after he dissed the Seattle Seahawks’ defense this week in the build-up to Super Bowl XLIX.
The Patriots will go head to head with the Seattle Seahawks in a bid to win their fourth Super Bowl title as a franchise, but to do so they will have to penetrate the impenetrable Seahawks’ defense.
LeGarrette Blount, however, doesn't think the league’s best defense is all that great and claimed this week that the group "can be beat". It might not sound like something all that bad, but football legends Michael Irvin and Warren Sapp feel that those comments are perfect bulletin board material for the Seattle D heading into the title game in Arizona.
Blount offers up bulletin board material
Former Cowboys star receiver Michael Irvin feels that Blount’s comments will give Seattle extra fuel during the game. Irvin insists that the Seahawks don’t need Blount to get them hyped up for a game like the Super Bowl, but he does add that those types of comments help players in certain situations, particularly when tiredness sets in.
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“Let’s talk about what bulletin board material does. As a player it’s not going to get me more hyped. I’m already hyped to play the football game. Now what bulletin material does is gives me some added fuel at the right time,” Irvin explained on NFL Network.
“I’m already going into this game hyped but at some point in a Super Bowl our muscles are going to get tired. Players are going to want to quit at some point, and when you going to want to quit that’s when you draw on all of the other stuff that people [like Blount] have been saying.”
Sapp prefers the Lynch approach
Warren Sapp, a Super Bowl winning defensive lineman with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, echoed Irvin’s thoughts and even revealed that he thinks that Marshawn Lynch’s silent approach is better that what Blount dished out earlier this week.
“I like the Marshawn Lynch route, don’t say too much. Blount might have just got someone - even if it’s on special teams - more fired up because of what he said. You might wake up a whole bunch of guys you didn't want to wake up by saying stuff like he’s said,” Sapp added.