LeGarrette Blount: New England, Philly team environments like 'night and day'

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Former running back LeGarrette Blount has seen it all. He's played for last-place teams with poor quarterback play, including the 4-12 2011 Tampa Bay Buccaneers led by Josh Freeman. He's played for first-place teams with outstanding quarterback play, including the 2016 Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots, a team for which he recorded a league-high 18 rushing touchdowns. He's fallen flat in big games, like that aforementioned Super Bowl in which he churned out just 31 yards on 11 carries and lost a fumble. And he's come up huge on that same stage, rumbling for 90 yards a touchdown in next year's Super Bowl for the Eagles.

He's seen it all, and he's thrived in (mostly) all of those different environments. But that doesn't mean he can't see the difference between them, and though his production may have been a constant from team to team, his overall experiences differed greatly.

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He joined the "NFL Total Access: The Locker Room" podcast and reflected on perhaps the biggest contrast between teams that he saw throughout his career: going from the Bill Belichick-led New England Patriots to the up-and-coming Philadelphia Eagles between 2016 and 2017.

"It's like night and day. Both teams have the same common goal, they just get there differently, you know?" Blount said. "In Philly, the locker room was more relaxed, it was laid-back. They got a basketball hoop in there where you could shoot and compete with each other, they got pool tables and game rooms in the back, they got all this good stuff, and guys take advantage of that. You got the barber shop in there, you got everything in there... you could walk by and you'll see guys playing pool, you see guys playing ping pong, you see guys on the game, you see guys shooting the little basketball.

"...As long as we'd come in whenever it was time to work and we get our work done, if they asked us questions in the meetings and we could answer them and we knew what we were doing, they didn't have a problem. We social media living at that point, we on Snapchat, we on Instagram, we on Twitter, we posting pictures in the locker room after practice and everything."

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In New England, that wasn't quite the picture. As soon as Blount arrived, back in 2013, he realized the type of environment he was headed for.

"Right away, knowing the history of New England, I knew that once I got there I was either going to have to buy into that or I was going to have a long year of football. And I ended up getting there and I ended up loving it," Blount said. "There was nothing about it that I didn't like. I wanted to win, I loved winning... and I work hard, so all of that was right up my alley. Me and Bill got along great."

But instead of fun and games, the locker room was much more serious.

"Whenever you come in the locker room, there ain't no Snap face, Insta face, none of that. Ain't none of that when you get into the locker room, you know what I'm saying," Blount recalled. "Obviously, you might sneak a little bit... you gotta hope that they don't see it!

"But in Philly, you let your hair down, you hang out, you can clown, you can joke, you can clown and joke with the coaches, the media's more relaxed... like it was just a real laid-back and relaxed feeling and that's why I can understand from both sides how you get there from here and how you get there from [New England]. But I think it's a little bit tougher to get there from that Philly standpoint because you got your young guys that if you let that leash go, they might get out of control."

It's not hard to understand how Blount could see both environments panning out for an aspiring Super Bowl team, considering he won in both locations in back-to-back seasons. Perhaps it was that flexibility and adaptability to whichever situation he was placed in that allowed him to become one of only a handful of running backs with at least three rings.

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