In his first day on the job in New England, Brian Waters chatted with media members about coming to a new team after a decade in Kansas City and why he chose the Patriots over other offers he had.
“Great football organization,” he said when he asked of his previous impression of the Pats. “It starts from the top – the owner, the head coach, the coaches. I’ve had an opportunity a couple of times at the Pro Bowl to be around the coaching staff and I know a number of players. It’s a great organization and I’m proud to be here.”
Waters said he had received other phone calls, but when the Patriots called on Friday, there was little question where he would opt to play.
“It’s a great organization, why not? The record speaks for itself. It’s a football team that’s a contender year in and year out and like I said I’ve had the opportunity to be around the staff and a number of players, got an opportunity to spend some time with Mr. (Robert) Kraft during the offseason, so it seemed like the perfect fit for me,” he said.
Waters is a member of the NFLPA’s Executive Committee and was a key part of the Players’ Association’s negotiating team.
As for where he’ll play, Waters’ answers indicated that he could be playing right guard.
He’s played right guard “a little bit,” and making the switch means “You just have to flip everything in your mind, when you’ve been doing something for a long time, but I don’t think it will take me too long to get it.”
Though he spent so much time with one team, Waters realizes that the days of spending your entire career with one club have passed. It isn’t the new locker room that’s strange, it’s trying to learn a new way of doing things with the regular season opener a week away.
“You know, I think the timing is probably a little more different than being with a new team. I think this is part of the league is being able to adjust and the idea that you can stay with one team your whole career is not really realistic if you play for a long period of time. So I’m just trying to get (acclimated) to all the things that are going on around here,” he said.