By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — For someone who’s played so many games against the Patriots in his career, you’d think Jarvis Landry would know better.
Did the Browns wide receiver guarantee a win over the Patriots when the teams meet on Sunday at Gillette Stadium? I suppose it’s up for debate, since Landry offered something of a clarification to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.
But the video doesn’t lie. In the below clip, Landry is asked how he feels the Browns will perform coming out of their bye week as they get ready to head to Foxborough. Landry responded: “We’re going to win. We’re going to win, I think it’s just that simple. We’re getting guys back healthy again. We’re going to win.”
Video of Jarvis Landry guaranteeing win Vs Patriots— gifdsports (@gifdsports) October 24, 2019
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Landry told Cabot that he really meant “We’re going [there] to win.” So he’s saying the Browns … plan to win? Intend to win? Apparently, Landry is hoping it just isn’t called a guarantee. But this train has left the station. Expect this to bubble back up in Devin McCourty’s pregame speech and for Kyle Van Noy to fashion this into a nice sharp tool of motivation.
As was discussed in today’s Notes From Foxboro, you do have to have a high level of fearlessness and confidence to beat the Patriots at all, let alone in Foxborough when they’re 7-0 and on a historic pace on defense. But the way Landry put it was quite strong. Even the Terrell Suggs Ravens and Rex Ryan Jets didn’t do that. You don’t have to straight-up guarantee the thing.
But Landry knows how hard it is to even be competitive at Gillette; the Dolphins went 0-4 in Foxborough during Landry’s time there. You have to have the mindset that you’re going to win, or else you’ve already lost. He could teach that to head coach Freddie Kitchens, who basically bowed to the ghosts of Foxborough in his conference call on Wednesday.
Regardless of “bulletin board material”, what really matters is how things unfold on the field. Talk is incredibly, severely cheap. But if any team in the league can take even the smallest slights and use it as fuel to turn their game up even one notch, it’s the Patriots. The defense probably didn’t need Landry to say these things in order to play well, but here we are.
You have to imagine Landry’s comments will make the rounds sometime before Sunday, if not right away on Thursday.
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