The Patriots deny there's a rift. Does it matter?

STEVEN ATKINSON

After the ESPN article that told us nothing substantially new about the rift in New England, the Patriots came out with a united stand. There is obviously something going on behind the scenes at Gillette Stadium. However, the Patriots are better at ignoring the noise and using what people say as a positive than anyone else. They do their talking on the field, which is a big part of why they have been so successful for the past 18 years.

On Sunday Tom Brady said it best during his weekly Westwood One interview: "I think for so long we've proven that we ignore the noise, we do our job, we speak for ourselves, and we focus on what we need to do to help the team win." That is the main focus going into the playoffs. Brady also spoke highly of Kraft and Belichick, saying Kraft is like a second father to him and there is no other coach he'd rather play for than Belichick,

"I see it as I've seen it for the last 18 years, that we're all there to do a job, and that's to go out to do our best and help the team win. That's been very consistent here. That's been a big reason why our team has been so successful, and I don't see that any different going into this week."

That is why the Patriots are the Patriots and everybody else is everybody else. The Patriots will put this distraction behind them for now and not let it affect them on the field. The offseason could be a different story as changes could be coming, but for now, New England will remain united. 


Robert Kraft also denied the details of the ESPN report, calling it fiction, so somebody is lying. The Boston media has been insinuating for weeks that there's a rift in Foxboro, and ESPN is late to the party.

That doesn't matter so long as the Patriots keep winning, as Brady emphasized during his interview.

"I think for a long time we've done a great job of winning games, and it forces people to be creative with what they talk about and the things they write and the things they may speculate on. Diagnosing football plays doesn't get the attention that some of these other things might."

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