FOXBOROUGH – The last time Ben Grubbs was in Gillette Stadium was in January when Sterling Moore's occult hand broke up what would have been the touchdown pass that sent the Baltimore Ravens to the Super Bowl. It was also the game in which Billy Cundiff pushed what would have been a game-tying field goal wide left, costing the Ravens a shot at overtime and subsequently leading to a wave of the most irrational of death threats on social media sites.
The Ravens' 23-20 loss to the Patriots in the AFC championship game is a difficult one to forget, even if Grubbs signed a five-year, $36 million contract with the Saints in the offseason, which is why the memories were still fresh when Grubbs arrived for this week's joint practices ahead of Thursday night's preseason opener.
"Oh yeah, it definitely brought back some memories. We lost a tough battle here against the Patriots. I wish I could have worked out differently, but it didn't. The Patriots, they represented for the AFC and unfortunately they came up short. But it definitely brought back some memories.
That was a tough loss, probably one of the toughest losses just being that close to the Super Bowl and not getting there.
With each loss you kind of have to put it behind you. Whether I was still with the Ravens or here now, I don't think it mattered. As professionals, we have to move on. As people we have to move on. So that was a great learning experience.”
Grubbs, a first-round pick in 2007, was brought in to replace Carl Nicks because of his skill level, having played in three Pro Bowls, and experience, with five playoff games under his belt. Obviously, the last one still stings.