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December 12, 2012

ROOT: New England is talking proud

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Patriots players never discuss contract issues with the media and no one, including Belichick, gives the media any outrageous prediction quotes that can be put on the bulletin board in the other team’s locker room. The Patriots trash talk by not saying a word at all. New England does its talking on the field, and that is enough to gain the respect of any NFL player or coach.

The Patriots also have an offensive system in place where Tom Brady is the cornerstone and everything works out from him. The Patriots make sure to have an all-world offensive line to protect Brady and open up holes in the running game. From there, the Patriots can put any NFL caliber wide receiver, running back or tight end in its system and the system works.

Players dream of playing for the New England Patriots. Once a player is in New England, he follows the rules so he can stay in New England. Why? Because New England is a winning franchise. New England is the polar opposite to what is going on with the New York Jets and our own beloved Buffalo Bills.

New England has created an organization that the fans can be proud of and that the fans want to support. The Patriots’ fans would sell out Gillette Stadium even if the game were held at 5:00AM on a Tuesday morning. It doesn’t matter because the fans know that they have a winning team.

It all starts at the top. If Robert Kraft didn’t care and just wanted to pull a profit, like some owners we all know, then the Patriots would be just another team struggling to stay .500. Kraft insists on professionalism and excellence, and Belichick delivers.

Does the Patriots’ organization have a little more money to spend on coaching than the Bills? Sure it does. But Bill Belichick is a dedicated coach that took a low paying job with the Cleveland Browns early in his career just to get into NFL coaching. When Belichick took the job with the Patriots, he was not a marquee coach. As the Patriots kept winning, Belichick’s stock rose and so did his salary. The fortunes of the franchise rose right along with him.

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