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A new fad is sweeping through NFL locker rooms.

It is to be brief, vague, and uncooperative with the media in post game press conferences.

In New England, we have become numb to Bill Belichick's mundane "It is what it is" responses. We are so used to Patriots players towing the party line, giving no information that when Marshawn Lynch gives one word answers in his post game press conferences we wonder why it's a big deal.


But according to Mike Florio of NBC Sports and Pro Football Talk, players around the league are starting to catch on to Beast Mode's snide answers.

Patriots utility offensive lineman Marcus Cannon shortened up his responses following Sunday's loss to the Buffalo Bills saying, “We played football today," adding, "We had a football game today.”

Courtesy of Patriots.com

When asked about the specific play of the offensive line Cannon answered, “We snapped the ball.”

He finished his post game festivities saying, “I answered two questions, right? I can’t get fined now.”

Correct Mr. Cannon, you can't get fined. You answered your two questions. But, Marshawn Lynch you are not.

Lynch can get away with answering reporters the way he does because he flattens defenders and waltzes his way to the end zone more often than not. He can be a wise-ass in his responses because he has the adoration of millions of Seahawks fans that shower him with Skittles every time he scampers into the end zone.

Mr. Cannon, to this point in your career, you haven't done anything to justify being on an NFL practice squad, let alone the New England Patriots roster. Every time you enter the huddle Patriots fans around the world cringe, wondering if Tom Brady will get up off his back for the next play.

If I could offer a little advice to Mr. Cannon I would say this: Answer the reporters questions, not because you have to but because fans deserve answers when you don't perform well. They care about their team and the health of their future Hall-of-Fame quarterback, and they want to know what you have to say for yourself when you play poorly. Lastly, grow up and take your cues from the leadership in your own locker room, you'd be better off acting like Brady, not Lynch.

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Andrew Sheehan 12/29/2014 05:30:00 PM Edit
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