Marshall Faulk on M&M: ‘Just ironic’ that Patriots have not won another Super Bowl since Spygate
|01.30.14 at 1:42 pm ET|
Former Colts and Rams running back Marshall Faulk checked in with Mut & Merloni from Super Bowl Radio Row on Thursday, and he made it clear he still holds a grudge for what he perceives to be cheating on the Patriots’ part before their Super Bowl win over Faulk’s Rams in 2002. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.
“Here’s the thing: In the NFL, you don’t get fined for nothing. All right? Let’s understand that. OK? We’re smart, we’re businessmen, and it’s about protecting the brand, protecting the shield,” Faulk said. “Now, you tell me, at anything that you do, if you find out somebody cheats you in any little way, that you’re OK with it. I mean, you’re not a competitor. You’re not a competitor if you’re OK with it. I’m a competitor. That’s what I am.
“It’s not like I hadn’t played that team before. It’s not like I didn’t know what they were going to do to me. That’s fine. And up until that day that we found out that information, you had never heard me say anything about that team or about what they did. And I still consider [Bill] Belichick one of the greatest coaches. I still consider Tom Brady one of the greatest players. That team and what they did, and went on that run, it was great. The only thing that bothers me is there’s something that exists that gives us doubt on why the game went the way it did.”
Faulk would not come out and directly say the Patriots cheated — and a story implying a Patriots staffer taped a Rams walkthrough never was verified — but Faulk noted that the Patriots have not won a championship since the Spygate scandal broke.
Said Faulk: “The question is, how did they become a championship team? … Listen, I’m not going to be the only one to say this: Ever since they got fined and, ‘OK, we’re not doing that anymore,’ they’ve won how many Super Bowls?”
Asked directly if he feels the facts lead him to the opinion that the Patriots have not won a Super Bowl since being punished for videotaping opposing coaches, Faulk danced around the question.
“I’m just telling you how I feel about it. If that’s your perception of what I’m saying, then that’s your perception,” he said. “I’m not taking anything away from Bill Belichick and Tom Brady; they’re great. I’m going to continue to tell you that. They’re great. They’ve won, boy, I don’t know how many games, how many AFC championships, eight? … You don’t do that without getting some things accomplished.
“I’m just telling you it’s just ironic that that’s the case.”
Added Faulk: “The only thing I know is ever since that happened and it got exposed, what we have is 0-2 in Super Bowls. That’s all. I’m not saying they have anything to do with each other; I’m just telling you what the facts are.”
When it was pointed out that while the Patriots have not won a Super Bowl since 2005 they been the most consistently successful team in the NFL since that time, Faulk said the title drought is more significant.
“I don’t want to take anything away from Tom. Tom’s been great. He’s going to continue to have success. He’s going to continue to have success,” Faulk said. “They have what I want to consider one of the greatest things going with guys willing to come in there and work and play under Belichick, play under the rules of Belichick and get things done. That works. [But] when we talk about what they have done, we’re talking about Super Bowls.”
Added Faulk: “It is [a successful run], but we’re talking about championships. There’s a lot of teams that win a lot of games.”
Faulk, who recounted a pleasant exchange with owner Robert Kraft but said then-Patriots coach Bill Parcells doubted his durability during a pre-draft visit with the team in 1994, expressed admiration for Kraft and insisted he did not hate the team. He also praised Brady, although he claimed Brady had it easier than him because Brady didn’t have the pressure of being a high draft pick.
“Hating the Patriots would be crazy. That would mean I hate Tom Brady, and I love what Tom has done,” Faulk said. “I think they get upset because I look at being the [second] overall pick going to a team, changing the franchise when people expect you to. I consider that to be a more daunting task then coming from being a sixth-round pick when nobody is expecting you to do nothing and taking the team to a Super Bowl. I just think that’s a harder thing to do. Because I know what changing the Colts organization is like. I failed at it once and I succeeded another time. So, it’s a lot. It’s a lot to do. And not to just do it, but do it and be considered one of the greats, if not the greatest quarterback of all time.”
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