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Ty Law on the Patriots' 'Window'

Posted by Albert Breer  June 6, 2010 02:19 PM

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"I think they all understand because he's gonna let you know that 'I'm running the show' when he walk through the door," Law continued. "Like I said, it goes back to the leadership inside the locker room. You had so many guys there, and we built that there. We played together for a long time. You've got so many young guys there right now, and you're throwing them into the mix.

"And things were done a certain way. But when you don't have Tedy Bruschi, Mike Vrabel, Willie McGinest, Richard Seymour, and all those guys are gone, who's gonna take that young guy by the arm and say, 'This is how we do it'? ...

"All the championship guys are gone. So that's why you probably find struggles right now with New England, especially on defense. You have that leadership on offense, because you have Tom Brady."

Interesting stuff, which echoes a conversation I had with Willie McGinest back in January, and Ted Johnson in December.

What they all seem to intimate -- What was special about those Patriots wasn't one leader or another; It was that everyone, in their own way, seemed to be one. Which is awfully hard to replicate.

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