Former New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman turned NFL media star Julian Edelman stopped by Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast this week.
In a lengthy interview, Edelman touched upon a few topics around his former team ranging from Bill O’Brien’s return as offensive coordinator to how Bill Belichick pumps his team up before games.
Edelman shared the following comment about the Patriots’ decision to bring in O’Brien to help fix the offense, explaining his positive impact on the Houston Texans.
“He brought the Houston Texans, who are like the most irrelevant organization since he left, to the playoffs four years in a row. I think it’s a great move for [them]. He understands the standard.”
“For any other organization, that’s really cool. That’s good. And then they kick him out the door, and now look at them the last few years. It’s been terrible. He singlehandedly developed Deshaun Watson. He made Deshaun Watson a $250 million quarterback.”
The Barstool hosts later referenced Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirriani after learning he played the rap battle scene from the end of “8 Mile” before their divisional round victory against the New York Giants last week to get his team fired up.
So what does Belichick do to pump up his teams?
He’s (Belichick) not a “rah-rah guy,” Edelman said.
“He would give us highlight clips, like a cut-up of old situations of that same situation. Or old games of that game. I’m talking like, old tape,” Edelman continued. “Like, not even Patriots (expletive). He would show us New York Giants. Like, ‘This is how you do it. Watch (Lawrence Taylor!)’
“He would bring in all these clips and give a breakdown and then he would have a speech. He would point guys out like, ‘Matthew Slater, no one ever wanted you. You weren’t even supposed to be drafted.’ Then he would go down the line. He’d say, ‘This is why you were brought here. For this game.’ He was good. He was just different with it. It wasn’t like a rah-rah guy, but he would give you facts and teach you on something. Then you’d be get like, ‘Oh (expletive), that fires me up.’”
Lastly, another notable soundbite from the interview addressed his playing future. Edelman once and for all put to bed any possibilities for a return, despite the recent jokes/trolling.
“I’m done, boys. You can’t be two years out of the game coming in at 37 with knee braces and taped ankles thinking you’re going to go out here and compete against these young bucks.”
You can listen to Edelman’s appearance on “Pardon My Take” below. The interview starts around the 47-minute mark.
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