Browns Karlos Dansby: “Patriots gonna do what they gotta do to win”
By Thomas Moore
Sep 21, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns inside linebacker Karlos Dansby (56) at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Cleveland Browns linebacker Karlos Dansby shared some firsthand knowledge of the “Patriot Way” of playing football Thursday on NBC Sports Radio.
During an appearance to promote a skin-care product he developed with a former teammate, Dansby reminisced about traveling to Foxboro as a member of the Arizona Cardinals in 2008 to take on the Patriots.
During that game at Gillette Stadium, the Cardinals had trouble with the radio headsets in Dansby’s helmet and the helmet of quarterback Matt Leinart – for the first and only time that season.
“My headset was working fine, every game,” Dansby said, according to Pro Football Talk. “Until the very last game of the year. We get in Foxboro, they couldn’t get my headset fixed, for nothing in the world.
“I didn’t have not one problem until I went into Foxboro. You can ask anybody on that team that year. We didn’t have no problems with my headset until I got to Foxboro. And, man, I tell you every time I came to the sidelines, taking my helmet off trying to fix it. They was trying to fix it, they couldn’t get it fixed. So we had to give hand signals, and we were dead in the water. They ran when they wanted to run, they threw it when they wanted to throw.”
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It could just be a coincidence that after 15 weeks of working perfectly the headsets failed that day. After all, 2008 was the first year the NFL adopted the headset system, so some bugs could be expected; and it was a snowy day, which could have interfered with the signal.
It is also possible that Dansby just has sour grapes over the game. After all, the Cardinals lost to the Patriots by the score of 47-7. And as every New England fan will be quick to tell you, the entire NFL is jealous of a team that has won one Super Bowl in the past 10 years.
Of course, Dansby was there that day at Gillette Stadium, making a game-high 12 tackles and sacking New England quarterback Matt Cassell once, so he’s not really open to hearing about coincidences.
“It’s not a secret,” the 12-year linebacker said. “They gotta do what they gotta do to win, man. They gonna do what they gotta do to win. It’s just how they operate.”
Do you think the headset problems that plagued the Cardinals that day were just a coincidence?