As part of his Monday press conference, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked a few questions on team chemistry.
"As a coach, you can’t dictate chemistry," he said. "That happens on its own. We just try to bring players onto the team that can help the football team on the field and off the field have positive things that we feel like they can contribute to the team and then how all of that blends together and how it works in smaller circles and in the bigger team picture, it kind of has to run its own course. I'm not saying it's unimportant. I'm aware of it and I try to keep an eye on it a little bit, but I don't try to dictate it. ‘Well, we want this guy because he’ll be friends with that guy or won’t be.’ I think you just kind have to let that work itself out."
Belichick was asked is a certain mix of personalities is required.
"Here’s all I know –- I don’t want them all like me. You don’t want a team who are just a bunch of clones or they all have to be a certain way," he said. "I want players to have their own personality and their own individuality. I have no problem with that, I just think it needs to fit within the team framework and that there are certain criteria that have to be met for us to be successful as a team. That's for the players to be in condition, players to work hard, football has to be important to him and he has to put the team first. It's a team game. I think that criteria needs to be met. Some guys are quiet. Some guys are more outspoken. Some guys like one kind of music. Other guys like another kind of music. Some guys come in early. Some guys stay late. Those are all different styles there. That's not really that important to me. I don't think that you want them all the same. I don't think they should be the same. None of us are the same.
"I do think you have to have a certain framework that everybody has to, for a team to be able to function, a large group of people to be able to function efficiently, I think you do have to have a certain structure. So that's what I try to provide."