The Crash of the PATRIOT WAY?

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    The Crash of the PATRIOT WAY?

    No superbowl wins in 9 years, some bad draft choices from 2006 to 2009, Hernandez murder (and maybe another double murder), Dennard arrested for 2nd time. What has happened in Foxboro? Is the Patriot Way dead?

    I guess it all depends on what one means by the Patriot Way. Is the Patriot Way success after success? Is the Patriot Way a value driven approach to selecting players in the draft and free agency? Or is the Patriot Way something not dependent on wins on the field? The Patriot Way is a myth; a myth that each of us creates for ourselves. For me the Patriot Way is quite simple: it means putting the team above the individual. sacrificing for the greater good. Brady exeplifies the Patriot Way, he could have gotten a bigger contract time after time but renounce it so the team would have money to sign other players to complete the team chemistry and compete year after year.

    There will always be situations that don't work out because people are people; and people f**k up. We cannot control every situation successfully. The media and our critics may villify for us for failing but deep down they are jealous and hate us for trying hard to raise ourselves above silly, selfish ego battles that many teams are caught up in. We need to maintain a generous, open attitude toward them and even agree with them when they are right. We do need to ask ourselves what went wrong with giving AH a big contract? The Patriot Way is not dead but it does need to be continually re-invented and renewed. We cannot rest on our laurels for any successes in the past; we do not deserve to put any other teams down; even those that have continually failed. We are not better than them. Humility, unselfish behavior and team sacrifice are the heart of the Patriot Way and we as fans need to show this generosity to our opponents. That is what allows us to live the Patriot Way.



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    Re: The Crash of the PATRIOT WAY?

    This discussion is already taking place elsewhere in about 100 different locations here at BDC.

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    Re: The Crash of the PATRIOT WAY?

    "Patriot Way" is more of a misnomer than anything else.  Off field actvities, how the team drafts players and the personal lives of the players have no bearing on the "Patriot Way".  IMHO, the "Patriot Way" describes how the team reacts to the press, most specifically, BB, and how the players rarely make headlines for what they say about their opponents and their play on the field.  They may trash talk on the field, but, you do not see it much out in the public media like you see other players do.  What you hear most often when the "Patriot Way" words are mentioned by the press is how a player speaks to the press about "team" this and "team" that with not much "I" in it.

    My two cents!

    AGCSBill, just a fan havin' fun!!