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Dan Klecko was a member of the Patriots from 2003-05 before playing for the Colts, Eagles and Falcons the rest of his career. Being around Bill Belichick and Tom Brady for three seasons and winning back-to-back Super Bowls with the team, he can offer a sense of what is going on behind closed doors leading up to the Super Bowl.
Klecko feels the team and Belichick will use this as an “us against the world” motivation mentality.
“[This is] going to make them hyper focused for the game,” Klecko said via phone on Friday. “It’s really going to lock them in on the us against the world mentality, and we all know what happened the last time something like this — got accused, or found — that was Spygate and they almost went undefeated and being the greatest team of all-time. It’s fun to watch on the outside because I know what is going on in that room.”
“You’ve seen it — ‘We’re onto Cincinnati.’ That’s the joke, but that is the truth,” he added. “This is Tom’s whatever year in the league, he can put this stuff out of his mind. I am sure they are thinking right now, the way we rectify this is — first of all we make the balls are what they want and we go out and smoke Seattle and then hand the balls to everyone and go, ‘There’s your answer.’ I think that’s how they rectify this.”
Klecko said he’s upset at all the criticism directed at Brady because a couple PSI really is not a huge advantage in the grand scheme of things, especially with other players in the league such as Aaron Rodgers saying he likes his balls on the heavier side.
“The biggest thing I keep coming back to that I am most pissed about is Tom. This is ridiculous,” said Klecko. “People really aren’t taking a step back and looking at this situation like it’s some big advantage in the game. The guys from ESPN are bashing Tom. The guys that lost to him. The guys that have agendas on TV. Every other quarterback you’re hearing, even active ones playing in the league, why is there no out cry? They know it’s not a big deal. [Colts tight end] Dwayne Allen came out and said they could have came out with soap bars and beat us. What’s the big deal here? I don’t think people are really taking a step back and looking.”
Playing in the league for nine seasons, Klecko knows how many different quarterbacks like their balls and what the guys do to get them ready for play. At the end of the day he doesn’t fully understand why this whole situation has come about because of PSI.
“I think it’s very important,” Klecko said of quarterbacks and the condition of the footballs. “They like it their own way. ‘¦ Let them play with it, who cares. What these guys to the game balls, the scuff them up, they put them in the sauna, the scuff them down with steel wool. They beat the hell out of these things. Then all of a sudden this one has a little less pressure it it, now all of a sudden, ‘Oh my god, can you believe this?’
“If Aaron Rodgers does like more air in his — a rule is a rule, that’s what everybody’s line this week is — why isn’t every body on him? I don’t really care. I don’t think anybody should be going after him. The fact that it’s the Patriots it sure feels like a witch hunt right now.”