Brian Waters says he has ‘no earthly idea’ what Chiefs will do Monday night
|11.18.11 at 2:33 pm ET|
FOXBORO — With a sincere smile on his face, Brian Waters on Friday – in front of his locker – was quick to dispel the notion that his 11-year career in Kansas City would be of any real benefit on Monday night when his Patriots take on the Chiefs.
“It’s a different football team than the team I played [on],” the 34-year-old right guard said. “Every year every team is different. I’m not in their locker room, I’m not in their meeting rooms. I have no idea of the plays that are going to be called and have no idea. The players have changed, some guys have gotten a lot better, the techniques, some of those things are different. I’m really not of a great value in that aspect. That stuff is overrated. It really is. I’ve read other things from other players and other teams, that stuff is really overrated. Unless you’re in that locker room, unless you’re there preparing with them, you have no earthly idea what they’re going to call and what they’re going to do from play to play.”
As for revenge, don’t look for Waters to be playing angrily.
“There’s no revenge-factor here, there’s not one of those things where there’s anger or things of that matter, it’s just, I have a great amount for respect for those guys, I love a lot of those guys personally, but I’m a Patriot now,” he added. “I’m here to try to win football games and be a product part of this football team, and that’s something I’m going to take pride in, I always try to take pride in the job I do, and this will be no different.”
He was a Pro Bowl lineman five times and an all-pro twice in Kansas City but he maintained Friday that is all out the window now.
“Again, I’m not there,” he said. “If those guys learned anything from me in my time there, they’re going to learn all my little tricks that I’ve played over my time so if they learn anything from me, they’re probably going to use that to their advantage. Stuff like that, I think what it does is it causes you to focus on stuff they’re probably not going to do, and you end up tricking yourself. Nah, this team does a great enough job and has great enough coaches to prepare, and the players do a great job in preparation, they don’t need my help, they don’t need my help in that way.”
With the Chiefs ranked fifth in the NFL in rushing at 141.3 yards a game and with Waters former offensive line coach Bill Muir now calling the plays, Waters says one thing will stay the same – a commitment to the running game.
“I think that’s always going to be an emphasis,” Waters said. “I know that offensive coordinator, he was my offensive line coach. I know the emphasis is going to be running the football but more than that, they’re going to do whatever they have to do to try and score points and move the ball. I know there’s going to be a lot of stuff made about the quarterback situation but that’s not going to stop them. They’re going to run their game plan. They’re not going to deviate from what they think is the best thing for their team.”
“Some ways and some ways not,” Waters said of Haley, who came to Kansas City after helping the Cardinals reach Super Bowl XLIII as Arizona’s offensive coordinator. “You have to remember the head coach is from Arizona and other places so, he has a lot of influences on the things that go on there but there are some structural and operational things that are similar.
“Nothing that would be overwhelmingly shocking, just some of the environmental things and operation things, I’m finally seeing where they come from.”
Oh, and about that injury Sunday night that kept him out for a short while in the first half, how’s he feeling?
“I don’t even know what you’re talking about, man,” Waters said, knowing full well what the point of the question was. “I have no earthly idea what you’re talking about, man. Hey man, I’m focused on this week and make sure I’m prepared for Monday so things that happened in the past, yesterday, I probably don’t have any earthly idea what you’re talking about.”
Showing that he has indeed learned the “Patriot Way,” Waters once again thanked Belichick and the staff for making him feel at home.
“I feel pretty good here. I’m enjoying myself, let’s say that, I’m enjoying myself,” Waters said. “I think everybody has made it easy for me, especially the linemen. They’re doing a great job, especially early on, those guys were really patient with me and communicating a lot. [Belichick] gives me enough attention to make sure I’m up on the details and he never lets me rest, and that’s also a great thing, and the environment.
“Look, this is a professional locker room. I can say that. The guys here treat this football thing like it’s supposed to be treated, a lot of professionals here. Even the young guys, they give you a lot of inspiration and come in here and know you don’t have a lot of knuckleheads in this locker room. You have a lot of guys who really treat this game the way you’re supposed to.”