BOSTON (CBS) – As a member of the New England Patriots, running back LeGarrette Blount had a breakout season and got his first taste of playoff football.
A free agent this off-season, he’d like the good times in New England to continue.
“I’d like to be here, but we’ll see how it goes,” Blount said from Gillette Stadium on Monday, shortly after cleaning out his locker.
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Blount finished the regular season with 772 rushing yards and sevens touchdowns, but really came through in the final weeks of the season, giving the Patriots the bruising running back they needed. He scored eight touchdowns in a three-game span, including a monster game against the Colts two weeks ago where he ran for 166 yards and four touchdowns in his postseason debut.
But things did not end the way Blount and the Patriots had hoped. After his big game against the Colts, he managed just six yards on five carries in New England’s 26-16 loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game.
Yes, he is disappointed with how the 2013 season came to and end. But now, the 27-year-old has a deeper thirst for postseason football.
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“It makes you a lot more hungry for what’s next and how much further you can get in the postseason,” he said.
And he hopes that continues with the Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.
“Bill is the best coach to ever coach this game,” said Blount. “You’ve heard it from another coach (Bill Cowher) that is possibly one of the best coaches in the game. He’s surrounded himself with some of the best coaches, and all together they got the job done as far as we went.”