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Posted by Albert Breer  December 10, 2009 09:53 AM

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So when I told Johnson about what was happening after the Miami loss in that locker room, he responded with one simple word: "Wow. ... I'd have been shocked to see that."

Everyone else who was around those teams that I talked to agree. This, really, is an area that Johnson said players have to take care of, and the coaches have less control over. And it might be where the losses of this offseason are really stinging.

"You lose a Rodney Harrison -- who keeps the young guys in line, who's the vocal leader, a smart player who brings a toughness to the game -- you're gonna feel it," Johnson said. "He'd be pissed when we'd lose. And he wanted to see other guys get pissed and angry. Tedy (Bruschi) was the same kind of guy. They want you to show that you care."

3) It's no guarantee that this tactic works.

Hawkins says the losses of the offseason can't just happen without the locker room paying a toll for them. "You're gonna have a dropoff in mentality."

"They were all about winning," Hawkins said. "I can remember (Richard) Seymour jumping all over the rookies about jumping around and playing music loud. It was just a very professional place there."

So will the new crop take this message as Belichick wants them to? Now that's a good question.

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