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Ian Logue
August 19, 2011 at 03:37pm ET

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Patriots fans likely remember the contributions former defensive lineman Jarvis Green made to this football team, and now that he's been away from the game, he's had time to reflect on just how different things really are.

In an interview with fellow contributor Mike Procopio, Green revealed that obviously changes happen all the time within the framework of an NFL organization, and one of the things he pointed out was just how different things were after he left here.

Former Patriot, Jarvis Green (FILE:Icon/SMI)
He was originally drafted by the team in the 4th round back in 2002 (126th overall), and spent nearly his entire NFL career with New England before signing a 4 year, $20 million contract with the Broncos after the 2009 season.  However Green ended up being released on September 4th, 2010, before joining the Texans on December 15th.

By then he sounded like he missed being in Foxboro.

"It was different, it was very different," Green told Procopio about his time in Houston. "I was homesick.   I mean that in seeing how guys show up on time, to the chemistry inside the locker room, and how when in New England we were all brothers fighting for one cause."

Any time there's a change, that's certainly one of the dynamics that are tough to maintain, and continuity within the locker room is definitely a key to the success of any football team.  Looking back at last season, it's one of the things Green mentioned that may have been missing. Green said that the "trust factor" was such a big part of the championship years when he was here, and it's something that he wonders about with these new players.

"Faces change, coaches change, and people change," said Green. "When I was a part of the teams that won titles here, we had players like [Tedy] Bruschi, [Richard] Seymour, Junior [Seau], Ty [Warren], Mike Wright, and Rodney [Harrison].  There was a trust factor, a swagger when you looked into the eyes of those guys in meetings.  I could look at any one of those guys in a meeting and know  “it’s time to go get it”.

"That is what I miss most about football, is being with those guys who will give you the shirt off their back.  I’m not sure if that is present in New England now, but that is what I felt was a big part to our success, outside of executing on the field."

Looking back, Green said that he's got plenty of fond memories of his time here in New England.

"New England is a great place to play football," said Green. " Sometimes I think the fans were more into it than the players!   But I have many friends up here that I still keep in touch with."

You can read more of Mike's interview with the former Patriot here.