January 17, 2013

Patriots' way, a winning way

New England's formula is a perfect recipe

By Mike Lowe mlowe@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Wes Welker, Tom Brady
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Tom Brady may be headed to the Hall of Fame, but he still works as hard as any rookie trying to make the team. And that rubs off on his New England teammates.

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Wes Welker, Chris Prosinski
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Wes Welker is a free agent after this season, and the Patriots will miss him if they do not re-sign him. In five of his six seasons with New England, he has caught at least 100 passes.

Or in the locker room.

"He puts a lot of work in," said Mayo. "Even though he's a Hall of Fame quarterback, you would think this is his first year and that he was starting his first playoff game. That's the way he works. He always comes in. He makes sure everybody's on the same page."

And that, said Brady, is because that's what he was taught when he was a young player looking to earn a spot.

"Tedy Bruschi took me aside and Willie McGinest took me aside and Lawyer Milloy took me aside," he said. "I think that's probably the responsibility of the veteran player, that you learn from these experiences and try to convey the messages to the younger players so that they don't have to learn the hard way."

In the end, said Brady, the Patriot Way is simply about doing your job.

"I think Coach always talks about doing your job," said Brady, who holds the NFL record for career playoff wins (17) as a starting quarterback. "So you do your job so that everyone around you can do their job. When people trust each other, you can play with anticipation and confidence, and ultimately go out there and play aggressively.

"There's really no secret to it."

Maybe not. But the Patriots have found a way to do it better than anyone else.

Staff Writer Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or at:

mlowe@pressherald.com

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