Re: Excellent Article on Pats' Role in the AH Situation
posted at 7/2/2013 2:40 PM EDT
In response to JMUFranco's comment:
I couldn't disagree with Bill Reynolds more. The Patriots proactively protect their brand more than most franchises out there, and it's obviously incredibly important to the Krafts that it's maintained. Everything, down to the media interviews, stresses a few things: be a competitive, winning franchise year in and year out while also leaving a positive footprint on the New England area. Let's face it, no matter how judicious you are in who you bring on board to your company, there will always be unforseen mishaps. It's how you respond that truly shows the colors of the "Patriot Way."
They took their chances on commodities like Haynesworth, Dillon, Moss, etc. to better their chances of winning football games, which is the bottom line for a football franchise. However, if/once their off the field antics began conflicting with the desired organizational culture, Kraft and Belichick had no problem sending them packing. Look at how the Cowboys handled the Josh Brent situation. Do you think for one second that would fly in New England? Look at players around the league who test positive for performance enhancers (Adderall *rolls eyes*) and who come back the week after their suspension and start. Do I need to mention Cunningham? Bolden? Players are held accountable around here to a higher degree than most other franchises, and it shows.
A major part of the "Patriot Way" is completely reliant upon reaction to circumstances that arise. The Patriots decided early on that if Hernandez was even ARRESTED FOR ANYTHING related to the murder, he'd be gone. They'd cut one of the top young talents on the team, one they just committed $40 million to one year ago, for even being affiliated with a specific crime. What else can you ask them to do? A franchise can't stop their players from drinking and driving, abusing their girlfriends, getting into fights at bars, spending their money recklessly, etc. All that they can do is try their best to bring in high character kids, take risky players carefully and hope they buy in, place strong leadership around them, and respond appropriately if anything should arise.
They did what they could, and any notion that the Patriot Way is somehow tarnished I think is a knee-jerk, unfounded assessment.
Great post! Well done, and well articulated, my friend!