The Patriots Have lost their Way

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    The Patriots Have lost their Way

     

    Interesting article today by Ron Borges - he basically contends that there really was no such thing as the Patriots Way

    http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/columnists/2013/06/borges_too_many_bad_calls_show_pats_have_lost_their_way

    Bob Kraft and his New England Patriots have for the past dozen years foisted upon a gullible public the idea that they go about their football business differently than their peers. They claimed to covet character guys who play hard, smart football and otherwise represent Kraft family values.

    Tell that to Randy Moss, the poster boy for self-absorption.

    .Tell that to Albert Haynesworth, who crippled a guy when he struck his car going over 100 mph and underachieved for all but 18 months of his career.

    Tell that to Chad Ochocinco, who may grow up one day but not too soon.

    Tell that to Jermaine Cunningham and, yes, Rodney Harrison and other Patriots busted for using performance-enhancing drugs.

    Tell that to Rob Gronkowski, who cavorts with porn stars and regularly makes a drunken spectacle of himself.

    Saddest of all, tell it to the 
Patriots’ $37.5 million tight end Aaron Hernandez, whose silence in the homicide of a semi-pro football player named Odin Lloyd is raising more questions than 
answers.

    The fact of the matter is the Pat­riot Way never existed. They didn’t do anything different than their peers except win three Super Bowls in four years.

    They became a dynasty the same way the Browns of the 1950s, Packers of the 1960s, Steelers of the 1970s, 49ers of the 1980s and Cowboys of the 1990s did. They did it by stumbling across a future Hall of Fame quarterback buried deep in an early draft, inheriting the nucleus of a strong defense and a reliable kicker while hitting a gold mine of talent in back-to-back drafts.

    Then, when the talent began to wane, the drafts failed and age and slippage set in, the Patriots did the same things everyone else does.

    They lost their way trying to avoid 
losing playoff games.

    They took ever more dangerous risks on players with questionable injury histories, nitwit tendencies or, most significantly, serious character flaws. The team that once dumped draftee Christian Peter — because of a criminal record — now drafts guys like Hernandez and Alfonzo Dennard, who were off many draft boards because teams didn’t trust them.

    The largest, most glaring example today is the baggage Hernandez apparently couldn’t shake when he came into the NFL. Blessed with first-round talent, he slipped to the fourth round four years ago, and everyone in football knew why: A significant number of teams feared his questionable associates and repeated 
positive drug tests.

    One can take a gamble or two on a player with a troubled past, but not as regularly as the Patriots have. You can do it when your locker room is strong and led by no-nonsense guys like Tom Brady, Troy Brown, Willie McGinest, Richard Seymour, Tedy Bruschi, Wes Welker and Ty Warren.

    But over time, most of those players left, and what remained was a weaker core unable to keep in check the excesses of guys like Gronkowski and Hernandez.

    In essence, the Patriots lost their Way — sacrificing what they once claimed was most important — to gamble on suspect characters, injury-prone players or troubled guys on the way down while letting high character ones who simply wanted to get paid go as if they were greedy.

    What eventually results from that is dry rot or, as the front page of this paper can attest, much worse.

     

    Who agrees? Who disagrees? Clearly the Patriots brand is taking a major hit lately and I have to believe Kraft will make some policy changes

     
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    IMO, the "Patriot Way" is/was a myth.

     
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    In response to stewart7557's comment:

     

    Interesting article today by Ron Borges - he basically contends that there really was no such thing as the Patriots Way

    http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/columnists/2013/06/borges_too_many_bad_calls_show_pats_have_lost_their_way

    Bob Kraft and his New England Patriots have for the past dozen years foisted upon a gullible public the idea that they go about their football business differently than their peers. They claimed to covet character guys who play hard, smart football and otherwise represent Kraft family values.

    Tell that to Randy Moss, the poster boy for self-absorption.

    .Tell that to Albert Haynesworth, who crippled a guy when he struck his car going over 100 mph and underachieved for all but 18 months of his career.

    Tell that to Chad Ochocinco, who may grow up one day but not too soon.

    Tell that to Jermaine Cunningham and, yes, Rodney Harrison and other Patriots busted for using performance-enhancing drugs.

    Tell that to Rob Gronkowski, who cavorts with porn stars and regularly makes a drunken spectacle of himself.

    Saddest of all, tell it to the 
Patriots’ $37.5 million tight end Aaron Hernandez, whose silence in the homicide of a semi-pro football player named Odin Lloyd is raising more questions than 
answers.

    The fact of the matter is the Pat­riot Way never existed. They didn’t do anything different than their peers except win three Super Bowls in four years.

    They became a dynasty the same way the Browns of the 1950s, Packers of the 1960s, Steelers of the 1970s, 49ers of the 1980s and Cowboys of the 1990s did. They did it by stumbling across a future Hall of Fame quarterback buried deep in an early draft, inheriting the nucleus of a strong defense and a reliable kicker while hitting a gold mine of talent in back-to-back drafts.

    Then, when the talent began to wane, the drafts failed and age and slippage set in, the Patriots did the same things everyone else does.

    They lost their way trying to avoid 
losing playoff games.

    They took ever more dangerous risks on players with questionable injury histories, nitwit tendencies or, most significantly, serious character flaws. The team that once dumped draftee Christian Peter — because of a criminal record — now drafts guys like Hernandez and Alfonzo Dennard, who were off many draft boards because teams didn’t trust them.

    The largest, most glaring example today is the baggage Hernandez apparently couldn’t shake when he came into the NFL. Blessed with first-round talent, he slipped to the fourth round four years ago, and everyone in football knew why: A significant number of teams feared his questionable associates and repeated 
positive drug tests.

    One can take a gamble or two on a player with a troubled past, but not as regularly as the Patriots have. You can do it when your locker room is strong and led by no-nonsense guys like Tom Brady, Troy Brown, Willie McGinest, Richard Seymour, Tedy Bruschi, Wes Welker and Ty Warren.

    But over time, most of those players left, and what remained was a weaker core unable to keep in check the excesses of guys like Gronkowski and Hernandez.

    In essence, the Patriots lost their Way — sacrificing what they once claimed was most important — to gamble on suspect characters, injury-prone players or troubled guys on the way down while letting high character ones who simply wanted to get paid go as if they were greedy.

    What eventually results from that is dry rot or, as the front page of this paper can attest, much worse.

     

    Who agrees? Who disagrees? Clearly the Patriots brand is taking a mahjor hit lately and I have to believe Kraft will make some policy changes



    You should wish to have lost your way to the same extent.

     
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    This is a dumb article.  Borges' examples are mostly irrelevant.  Moss was pretty dam quiet while he was here, worked hard and put up ridiculous numbers.  Ocho and Haynesworth played poorly which is why they were cut, but they didn't get into any real trouble.  The entire Gronk thing is irrelevant.  He has never done anything illegal.  With the exception of Rodney who only got busted when he was old and starting to break down the guys that got busted for substances were JAGs and not core contributors.

    Hernandez is literally the only example of a guy who looks like he has gotten into some serious trouble and frankly the fact that Belichick's teams are almost always greater than the sum of their parts speaks to the fact that he wants guys that work hard and put the team first.  If you aren't (like Haynesworth) you get cut.  Period.  Do I think the entire "Patriot Way" thing has gotten overblown over the past decade by some people?  Probably, but I think it's pretty clear Belichick has a certain way he values players.

    I will say I am glad Borges finally admitted that the 2001 draft was good after the laughable article he published back in the day and proceeded to defend for many years after.  I can't believe that dillweed is still allowed to write for a newspaper.

     
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    Borges is a total BB hater and a plagiarizer who cares what he has to say. Most true Pats fans laugh at that silly slogan. 

     
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    I know I'm not the only guy around here who's been around long enough to tell you some funny stories about a time when mentioning "the Patriot way" would have gotten you a smirk and a raised eyebrow at best, and laughed right out of the bar more often than not. I don't know that very many actual, dyed-in-the-wool fans ever bought into this "aura" that came to be known as The Patriot Way once winning became an expected result instead of a wonderful surprise.

    Kraft is a good owner and Belichick is probably the best coach in the game. If you want to run either or both of them out of town on a rail, that's your right as a fan, but I would caution you not to forget the lesson of the big yellow taxi.

     

    Now you listen here! He's not the Messiah . . .   he's a very naughty boy!



     
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    I can't stand Borges, and it's well known that he has a thing for BB. But I think the article has a point. It's kind of like the sell out record for Fenway....something to tell the clueless pink hat fans.

    The way I see it, every team in the league is going to have a few problems with players not acting very well. I suppose if you take a huge group of young men, and hand them millions of dollars, there might be a slight chance that they find some trouble. Hopefully someone can smell the heavy sarcasm....

     
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    Whenever a company has a few hundred employees come through it's doors, a bad apple is going to emerge.  Drafting a guy like Hernandez was a calculated risk.  Who else was available that they should have drafted? I think they saw the best in him and thought he would outgrow his youth and that his peers would be a positive influence. It's starting to feel that they gambled and lost.

    This whole incident is much bigger than a game and now a young man is dead.      

     
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    In response to p-mike's comment:

    Kraft is a good owner and Belichick is probably the best coach in the game. If you want to run either or both of them out of town on a rail, that's your right as a fan, but I would caution you not to forget the lesson of the big yellow taxi.

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    Yeah - they paved paradise and they put up a parking lot.

    Listen - in no way am I railing BB or Kraft - I agree - BB is the best coach and Kraft is one of the best owners in football. But Borges makes some good points here.

    The Patriots do not have a strong locker room like they use to in their super bowl years. Guys like Bruschi, McGinest, Rodney and Seymour would provide a presence that the current team as constituted doesn't have. I think one reason why BB brought in Adrian Wilson was to provide some of that veteran leadership missing from this team. If you don't have a strong locker room then its much riskier bringing in guys with questionable characters. Granted that doesn't really play into the current Hernandez situation directly but it sure does with Gronk. If your going to take risks on players with questionable injury histories, nitwit tendencies or serious character flaws - you better have a really strong veteran presence on the team to police them.

     




     




     
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