Mangold: It's "Always Something" With Patriots Fans

The Patriots – and their fans – feel disrespected. Nick Mangold explained why that's absurd.

The DA Show
January 30, 2019 - 12:38 pm

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From Spygate to Deflategate to Tom Brady’s age to playing the underdog card, Patriots fans always have something to argue about or defend.

Nick Mangold doesn’t get it.

“(It’s) always something,” the former All-Pro center said on The DA Show. “It’s difficult, especially after having played them for so long and having so many different opportunities to go against them and deal with their fan base – it’s difficult. I think the big thing right now (is) this whole underdog (thing). ‘Oh, no one respects us. No one believes in us.’ You’ve gone to nine out of 18 Super Bowls. Of course everyone respects you. That’s a given. It shouldn’t even need to be spoken. 

“It’s so crazy to me that a Patriots fan is like, ‘No one believes in us,’” Mangold continued. “Why? What’s it matter? This is nine out of 18. There is a kid right now who is just turning 18 who has seen the Patriots in nine Super Bowls. It’s all they know. I don’t understand (it).”

Mangold spent his entire career with the Jets (2006-16). He is very familiar with the Patriots – and their fans.

“I think (the underdog card is) a little manufactured,” he said, “just to give kind of a motivational side to it. ‘Oh, we’re still here, and we’re going to another Super Bowl.’ Of course you’re going to another Super Bowl. You’re the Patriots with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. It’s a given. Yes, Tom is getting older. It’s science. The year changes. It’s now 2019. He’s going to be one year older. But he’s still playing well. No one says, ‘He’s not playing as well as he was.’ He’s just older. It’s kind of crazy, just the fact of how much success they’ve had over the years.”