clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

New England Patriots Links 10/21/09 - Pats Getting Ready to Play Across The Pond

<em>Saints and Giants warm up for their 2008 NFL game at Wembley Stadium in London.</em>
Saints and Giants warm up for their 2008 NFL game at Wembley Stadium in London.

Tom Brady talks with the London media about what he thinks has been the key to building what the New England Patriots have with their organization.

I think it always starts with the top. It starts with the ownership, Robert Kraft and Jonathan Kraft. They hired probably the best coach in the history of the NFL, Coach [Bill] Belichick. He's controlled the personnel, he brings in the players he wants and he brings players that fit in - not only to the system that wants to play offense and defense - but also that buy into what the concept of team is. You've got to put the individual goals aside. And he finds players like Junior Seau, Kevin Faulk, Randy Moss, that just want to come in here and win games. It's not so much about making the Pro Bowls, becoming an all-star, and being the highest paid player. What it's about is going out there and buying into the team goals are greater than any individual goals or successes that you may have. That's what this team's all about. That's where it starts and - pretty much - that's where it ends.

Mark Farinella explains the cries of running up the score are just born out of fear.

That's exactly what Bill Belichick, Brady and the rest of the Patriots did on Sunday. They played on the same snowy field as the Titans, but unlike the visitors from Nashville, they caught the ball, they ran with the ball, they didn't fumble it, they made the tackles and finished their plays.

And yes, Tom Brady was out of the game quickly in the third quarter. Brian Hoyer made his NFL debut with about 71/2 minutes left in the third quarter, he scored a touchdown, and then they took the air out of the ball in the fourth quarter.

But no, the big, bad Patriots are running up the scores again. They're cheaters, their coach is a criminal and the quarterback is "going to hell" according to a South Carolina fundamentalist Baptist congregation.

And what does that tell you?

The Patriots may actually be scaring a few individuals again.

TEAM SHOTS

LOCAL LINKS

NATIONAL NEWS

VIEW FROM TAMPA