Welcome to PatsFans.com

The locker room

Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by Patjew, Mar 5, 2009.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Patjew

    Patjew PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2005
    Messages:
    9,655
    Likes Received:
    70
    Ratings:
    +173 / 2 / -1

    No Jersey Selected

    There's alot of talk about the Pats' locker room and how that could help to keep even a schmuck like T.O. in line. It got me thinking about whether or not the locker room is as strong as it once was, and how strong it actually is.

    Yes, I guess the team-first mentality starts with BB and then goes to Brady and trickles down from there, but I wonder what will be the effect of the exodus of some prototypical locker room guys. Vrabel is gone, so is Troy, maybe Rodney, potentially Bruschi, Evans - does this have any impact?

    I am not saying that there are negative influences there. But maybe there are more neutral influences there than before. I know that the Pats' team consists of many team-first players. I just wonder if that mentality is as strong as it has been in the past and as strong as we all seem to think it is.
     
  2. PatsWickedPissah

    PatsWickedPissah PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2005
    Messages:
    23,918
    Likes Received:
    738
    Ratings:
    +2,068 / 20 / -13

    Disable Jersey

    Whew! From the title I thought this was a PC thread for gay Pats fans.
     
  3. patriots pam

    patriots pam Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2009
    Messages:
    661
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    Easy. Double shot of the kool-aid before AND after every game!

    :eat2:


    Good question, though. It crossed my mind as well. Yet another level of interest added to the 2009 season. Won't be boring, that's for sure!
     
  4. TommyBrady12

    TommyBrady12 In the Starting Line-Up

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2008
    Messages:
    3,905
    Likes Received:
    111
    Ratings:
    +304 / 33 / -23

    #12 Jersey

    with all the free agency and trade topics we've seen over the past month, i think the question you pose is new and fresh. on defense, i think there may be some leadership issues with vrabel and possibly rodney gone. who knows if spring will bring some leadership to the secondary - i hope so. i know we can't count on signing a guy like roy williams and expect leaderhsip from him lol. on offense, i don't see any issues. with brady, faulk, moss, welker and a veteran o line, we'll be fine.
     
  5. BelichickFan

    BelichickFan B.O. = Fugazi PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Messages:
    31,741
    Likes Received:
    244
    Ratings:
    +599 / 14 / -14

    #24 Jersey

    It's a potential issue, we just have to hope new guys can step up. I have particular hope for Mayo, I expect him to be the face of the team and the voice of the locker room for years to come. We need a few more like him.
     
  6. Patjew

    Patjew PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2005
    Messages:
    9,655
    Likes Received:
    70
    Ratings:
    +173 / 2 / -1

    No Jersey Selected

    Does Mayo seem like a guy who can lead with his words? His actions seem great, but honestly being over hear I have never heard one word from the man. That's weird, now that I think about it.
     
  7. Patriots Nation NY

    Patriots Nation NY Banned

    Joined:
    May 2, 2007
    Messages:
    2,012
    Likes Received:
    1
    Ratings:
    +1 / 0 / -0

    TFB... That's all that needs to be said..
     
  8. CrazyDave

    CrazyDave In the Starting Line-Up

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2005
    Messages:
    2,012
    Likes Received:
    2
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0 / -0

    Interesting question.
    It's not the 2001 locker room for sure.
    Vrabel was MR. Locker room I think.
    BUT, I think the "vibe" will live on.
    I know that sounds WAY kool aid, but I'm hopefull.
    If not, well, we DID catch lightning in a bottle for a while there, so...

    I think we'll be o.k.
     
  9. BelichickFan

    BelichickFan B.O. = Fugazi PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Messages:
    31,741
    Likes Received:
    244
    Ratings:
    +599 / 14 / -14

    #24 Jersey

    Yeah he does. He sounds like a mix between Rodney and Tedy. Seriously. When we drafted Meriweather he used the right words in his post draft phone call but sounded young. REAL YOUNG. Then we drafted Mayo and he sounded like a 10 year vet. So mature. I'll see if I can find a link; you're guaranteed to be impressed.
     
  10. billdog3484

    billdog3484 PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2008
    Messages:
    2,167
    Likes Received:
    8
    Ratings:
    +10 / 0 / -0

    teams change. you have to usher out the older players and hope the younger players learned from the older ones and can transform into team leaders. we now have guys in their 30s looking to lead like Brady, Seymour, Moss, Bruschi.

    yes we lost vrabel, possibly lost harrison, but we have a great mix of players in there.
     
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2009
  11. jczxohn1

    jczxohn1 PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    May 13, 2005
    Messages:
    1,719
    Likes Received:
    2
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0 / -0

    Couldn't agree more. That role was played by Vrabel and Willie before him. The defensive front 7 usually has the guy who steps up to this role. Most now seem to "lead by example" types. Time wil tell if someone takes up this mantle.

    T.O. is the only player in the league to drop more sure TD passes than Gaffney. :banned:
     
  12. Disco Volante

    Disco Volante Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2007
    Messages:
    6,242
    Likes Received:
    29
    Ratings:
    +58 / 0 / -0

    #12 Jersey

    We now have five remaining players from the 2001 Super Bowl team.

    Kevin Faulk
    Matt Light
    Tedy Bruschi
    Tom Brady
    Richard Seymour

    With Larry Izzo being a free agent.
     
  13. NE_Paddy

    NE_Paddy Practice Squad Player

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2005
    Messages:
    182
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    Thing is, Mayo was a rookie last year. Rookies in New England don't get to talk too much. Seen not heard, that sort of thing. I reckon we'll see if he's locker-room-leader material this coming year.
     
  14. BelichickFan

    BelichickFan B.O. = Fugazi PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Messages:
    31,741
    Likes Received:
    244
    Ratings:
    +599 / 14 / -14

    #24 Jersey

    Here you go :

    Jerod Mayo Conference Call - 4/26/2008

    "JM: You hit the nail on the head. It’s like a dream come true pretty much. You don’t expect a team that only lost one game last year to have a top 10 pick, but at the same time, they were winning before me and they would be winning even if I’m not there, so I just want to come in and make a contribution and learn from some of the greats at the position."

    "JM: I can’t help but to be good as long as I listen and take notes and learn from a great coach and a great coaching staff and great guys like Junior Seau and Tedy Bruschi and all those guys. I’m just going to be like a sponge and try to take as much in as possible."
     
  15. Mogamedogz

    Mogamedogz In the Starting Line-Up

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2007
    Messages:
    3,103
    Likes Received:
    11
    Ratings:
    +33 / 1 / -2

    #80 Jersey

    Wilfork and Big Sey are good leaders on D#. I wouldnt worry too much.
     
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2009
  16. PatsFan37

    PatsFan37 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Messages:
    1,517
    Likes Received:
    10
    Ratings:
    +23 / 0 / -1

    #37 Jersey

    Their biggest locker room presence is back after spending last year in the infirmary. On the defensive side, AD is a strong vocal presence. I agree about Mayo and Wilfork. Big Sey, as well. Warren may not be vocal, but he's a selfless team player. Two years ago the Pats elected more captains than any other team in the NFL.

    I'd worry more about Brady's knee than about the Patriots' heart.

    Plus, now they've got Fred Taylor. Big character guy. Sometimes the new vets that don't have rings are the biggest inspiration.
     
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2009
  17. Patjew

    Patjew PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2005
    Messages:
    9,655
    Likes Received:
    70
    Ratings:
    +173 / 2 / -1

    No Jersey Selected

    Wilfork I can see. I don't picture Seymour as a guy to keep the guys around him in check and focussed on T-E-A-M. But I could be dead wrong.
     
  18. Patjew

    Patjew PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2005
    Messages:
    9,655
    Likes Received:
    70
    Ratings:
    +173 / 2 / -1

    No Jersey Selected

    Great point, I forgot about that. Much like how Rodney became a captain in 2003.
     
  19. Patjew

    Patjew PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2005
    Messages:
    9,655
    Likes Received:
    70
    Ratings:
    +173 / 2 / -1

    No Jersey Selected

    Wow, thanks! That was fantastic.

    Just to clarify: I'm not actually worried about this. I'm just wondering about it.
     
  20. BelichickFan

    BelichickFan B.O. = Fugazi PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Messages:
    31,741
    Likes Received:
    244
    Ratings:
    +599 / 14 / -14

    #24 Jersey

    He kind of gave me chills the first time I heard that - not just the words, but the tone of his voice. He didn't sound like a rookie at all. It also cracked me up that his "Draft Party" consisted of raking leaves with his mom :D
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

unset ($sidebar_block_show); ?>