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December 12, 2012

ROOT: New England is talking proud

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — In the frustrated land of the Buffalo Bills, I put forth that the New England Patriots offer a lesson that every person can learn from. When you look at a franchise like the Patriots, you start to think that maybe excuses and settling for less in any situation should be completely unacceptable.

I am not pointing blame at any one person, nor am I making light of any serious situation, but when was the last time you heard of a New England Patriot being arrested for drunk driving, dealing with drugs or shooting up a nightclub? The closest I could find was the comments Randy Moss made to the media about his pending contract negotiations with New England just two days before he was released from the team.

You never get sound bites from Patriots’ players about anything, you never see Patriots’ wide receivers getting face time on media outlets for doing something stupid and there isn’t one casual football fan who can name at least two Patriots’ running backs.

Since Tom Brady took over as the starting quarterback in 2001, the Patriots have missed the playoffs only twice. For one of those seasons, Brady missed the entire season with an injury and the team still finished 11-5. In most seasons, 11-5 would be enough for at least a wild card spot. But in that season, it fell just short.

The New England Patriots have created an environment where winning and professionalism is everything. If a player openly spouts off about his contract negotiations, that player is cut. Even if that player is an extremely effective wide receiver like Randy Moss. Wide receiver Wes Welker took some shots at Jets’ head coach Rex Ryan’s foot fetish in a press conference a couple of years ago and was instantly reprimanded by his coach, Bill Belichick.

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