FOXBOROUGH – Players often talk about how they block it out when fans boo. Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs, however, takes a different approach.
He soaks it all in.
Speaking to reporters this afternoon at Gillette Stadium, Hobbs touched on one of the disappointing aspects of the Patriots’ 38-13 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday – when the home crowd booed the team heading into halftime.
“Does it hurt? It doesn’t hurt … [but] it amazes me how people react,” he said. “You would think this organization hasn’t won as much as they have, and been as successful in the years that they have. It’s a testament to how spoiled they are, where expectations are that high, that we’re not allowed a bad game or something like that. How many times has someone had a bad day at the office? ..."
Hobbs was asked if he is able to block out the booing.
“I don’t block it out,” he said. “I accept it. I remember it. I use it as a thing of ‘remember this when you are successful.’ And that’s how you keep it all in perspective, because as soon as they’re stabbing you in the back, booing at you, they’re ready to pat you again as soon as something [goes right]. Now you’re the best in the world or whatever.
“This is when you find out what type of player you are,” he continued. “This is actually when you find out what type of man you are, as far as this game goes. When adversity hits, and when things aren’t going your way, who is really in your corner?”
Hobbs first touched on the booing when he was asked if he was confident that the Patriots could correct their errors.
“Things can always be corrected, even when you win. It’s just that we don’t have the luxury of panicking like a fan does, or to sit there and boo. I’m starting to get into personal stuff, man, but that’s exactly why they’re fans,” he said. “Whoever was doing that, hey, it is what it is. But we’re not sitting here panicking. It’s Week 3. We’re moving on to San Francisco.”