Cornerback Brandon Boykin spoke to the media today, and said that the Patriots tried to “bully” the Eagles in Tuesday’s practices.
“I can speak for the whole team. I felt like [on Tuesday], honestly they came out with this attitude to try to bully us,” Boykin said. “And even though it’s practice, it’s always still a game tempo. I think as a team — and obviously I can speak for myself — I wanted to try to set the tone on myself as an aggressive person and just make plays.”
This sounds like a classic case of sour grapes. With two teams practicing on one field, the intensity level is certain to be a little higher and the players are bound to be a little more revved up. Part of football is that “smack you in the mouth, intimidate your opponent” style of play and mentality. The essence of football is to do whatever it takes to get a win, and judging by Boykin’s comments, it sounds like the Patriots were able to get into the Eagles’ heads.
In what should be an already exciting game, this provides a storyline to watch for Friday’s tilt.