O que é o 'Patriot Way'? Belichick não tem certeza – NBCSports.com


The “Patriot Way” is a popular term used to describe the impressive levels of winning, accountability and team-first culture involving the New England Patriots franchise since head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady came to the team in 2000.

Belichick was asked during a Tuesday conference call about his team’s culture, and he doesn’t have his own definition for what the “Patriot Way” actually means.  Here’s the exchange:

Question: We hear a lot about the Patriot Way. How do you define your culture and what you’ve tried to establish up there in New England?

Belichick: “Yeah, I don’t know that I’ve ever used that term. I’m not really sure what that is either. I appreciate you asking about it though, but I don’t know. It’s a good question.”

Whenever veteran players who have caused distractions or drama on other teams come to New England, people typically assume they’ll fall in line and abide by the “Patriot Way.”

This term has come up quite a bit since Saturday when reports surfaced of the Patriots signing elite wide receiver Antonio Brown — amove that became official Monday.

The veteran wideout didn’t appear to be the best teammate on his previous teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders. He now has an opportunity to buy into the Patriots’ team-first culture and potentially win his first Super Bowl title. If he is a distraction, Belichick could just release Brown and rid the team of any issues caused by his presence. The Patriots certainly don’t need Brown to be successful offensively — just look at their 33-3 Week 1 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The addition of Brown is no doubt a risk. His antics in Pittsburgh and Oakland are cause for concern. However, New England’s winning culture, and the leadership Belichick and Brady provide the team, have been enough to take players who were trouble elsewhere and turn them into valuable members of a winning team. Brown is perhaps the Patriots’ biggest challenge yet, though.

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The New England Patriots made a statement to the rest of the NFL in Week 1 with a convincing victory over the rival Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium.

The defending Super Bowl champions crushed the Steelers in all three phases of the game to earn a 33-3 win.

The Patriots tweeted a video Wednesday with great behind-the-scenes footage of their Week 1 triumph. One of the scenes shows quarterback Tom Brady telling rookie wide receivers Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski to “have some fun” because “you only get one first game.” Another scene shows Patriots safety Devin McCourty giving his defensive teammates an inspiring pre-game speech.

Check out the entire video in the tweet below:

“We’ve been waiting a long time.
We’re focused on everything we’ve put in since April. For this day.
This day is that day.”

Sounds & sights from Sunday night.pic.twitter.com/4hUMn8LV6K

— New England Patriots (@Patriots)September 11, 2019

The Patriots resume their 2019 schedule Sunday afternoon with a road game against the Miami Dolphins. Oddsmakers have pegged New England as an18.5-point favorite versus Miami.

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The New England Patriots had many standout performers from their impressive33-3 Week 1 win over the Pittsburgh Steelersbut only one of their players earned a spot on Pro Football Focus’ “Team of the Week” for the opening slate of games.

Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones earned a 90/100 grade from PFF for his performance against the Steelers. He was one of the three cornerbacks to make the outlet’s “Team of the Week” list.

Here’s what PFF’s Gordon McGuinnesswrote about Jones’ exceptional effort.

The Patriots’ defense is best from back to front, a perfect fit in today’s NFL. Cornerback Jonathan Jones was key to that on Sunday Night Football, delivering an impressive performance in coverage. Targeted nine times on the night, he allowed just three receptions for 19 yards and came away with two pass breakups.

Jones and the Patriots reportedlyagreed to a three-year contract extensionworth $21 million last week. He then went out and proved he was deserving of the raise by making life miserable for Steelers wide receivers.

The Patriots have one of the league’s top secondaries, anchored by All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore and veteran safety (and team captain) Devin McCourty. Jones is quickly becoming a very important part of that group, while providing head coach Bill Belichick with valuable depth at one of the sport’s most important positions.

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