Former St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk still can’t let go of the fact that his Rams lost to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI. While it’s very understandable why Faulk is disappointed in losing one of the biggest games of his career, his reasoning continues to sound like sour grapes.
According to Tom Curran of CSNNE.com, Faulk believes the Patriots cheated the Rams and he’s not afraid to voice his opinion on the subject.
“I’ll never be over being cheated out of the Super Bowl…I understand Bill is a great coach,” Faulk said. “But No. 13 [Kurt Warner] will tell you. Mike Martz will tell you. We had some plays in the red zone that we hadn’t ran. . . . And a couple of plays on third down that we walked through also . . . And they created a check for it. It’s just little things like that. It’s either the best coaching in the world when you come up with situations that you had never seen before. Or you’d seen it and knew what to do.”
That is a strong statement from Faulk, especially without having actual proof. Forgetting for a moment that the Patriots were guilty of spying years later, Faulk sounds extremely bitter and childish. He takes no responsibility for the Rams, the best team in the NFL that year, playing poorly in that game. The Rams didn’t execute all game long, and blaming their lack of execution on the Patriots cheating and not thinking that his team did anything wrong is irresponsible.
The Rams averaged over 31 points a game in 2001, yet only scored 17 in the Super Bowl, surely that wasn’t all due to spying? Faulks’s claims sound even more ridiculous when Kurt Warner threw for 363 yards in the Super Bowl. Surely if the Patriots cheated, they would’ve been able to stop Warner from throwing for so many yards!
Quite simply, Faulk’s claims are absurd and he still can’t get over the fact that the Rams lost a Super Bowl. Teams get upset all the time and by his way of thinking, the New York Giants must have cheated to win the Super Bowl in 2008. If Faulk was so confident he was cheated, he would have let it go by now and he wouldn’t be on this crusade that makes him sound like a 3-year old who didn’t get the Christmas gift he wanted. And why don’t I hear any of the other St. Louis Rams from that team talking like Faulk does? He mentioned Martz and Warner, why haven’t we heard this nonsense from either one of them?
The Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVI and it still bothers Marshall Faulk, that much is understood. But his childish behavior over why they lost makes him sound like a baby.
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