Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry, speaking at an NFL UK event in London on Monday, predicted his team would sweep its two games against the Patriots this season.
Miami hasn’t accomplished that feat since the 2000 season.
In a conversation the next day with MMQB, Landry suggested it was time for the Dolphins to dethrone New England as the long-time champs of the AFC East.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick has led the Patriots to division titles in 13 of the last 14 years, the outlier being 2008, when they lost Tom Brady to a season-ending injury in Week 1. The Pats have won the AFC East a record eight straight seasons.
"If you’re a competitor, that’s the way you should feel, and I don’t mind saying it," Landry said. "It’s time for a change. I have all the respect in the world for the Patriots, and I respect Tom Brady tremendously. But they’re not our big brother anymore."
After splitting their series with New England in 2013, 2014 and 2015, Miami lost both games to the Pats last year, Adam Gase’s first season as Dolphins head coach.
"He’s flipped the switch with us,"Landry said of his coach. "New England’s won the division 14 of the last 16 years, something like that? It’s ridiculous. It’s a problem. We cannot let that happen anymore. What I’ve seen is, when we play that game, sometimes we focus on the guys on the other side of the line instead of just focusing on us. And I want to be part of that change. I want to go into the games against New England expecting to win — that’s something we need to do."
While MMQB softens Landry’s comments by writing, "there wasn’t a speck of disrespect or smack talk about the Patriots," Brady, Belichick and Co. probably won't interpret it that way. If the Patriots needany extra motivation when they face Miami in 2017, Landry has provided it.