Patriots addressing leadership questions
|03.10.10 at 5:00 pm ET|
On the heels of Vince Wilfork’s impassioned conference call and the re-signing of Kevin Faulk to a one-year deal on Wednesday, it appears the Patriots are starting to address any leadership questions that have surrounded this franchise over the last year.
Wilfork made his feeling clear in an 11 a.m. conference call, saying he would have no trouble taking care of the “bad seeds” in the New England locker room, and demanding accountability from his teammates.
“As players, we’re going to have to start in the offseason training, and basically, everybody is going to have to be accountable,” Wilfork said. “If you’re on the field, you have to give me 100. You have to give me 100 percent. Always. We have to weed out the bad seeds, point blank. If you can’t give me what I’m giving you on the field, I don’t need you on the field with me. Point blank. That’s how you win.
“You got to build trust. Show me that I can trust you. I have no problem, if a guy’s not giving me that, I have no problem telling that guy I don’t need him on the field, and I have no problem going to tell Bill (Belichick) I don’t want him on the field. That’s point blank.”
Faulk, who signed a one-year deal to return to Foxboro, is one of the most well-respected veteran players in the locker room, not only for the consistent level of on-field production over the years, but also for his longevity — he’s the only player left on the roster who was drafted before Bill Belichick took over as head coach. The 33-year-old is one of only a handful of players remaining from all three Super Bowl teams, and is an unquestioned leader — he’s one of only a handful of players who commands immense respect from players on both sides of the ball.
In my mind, the words of Wilfork and the move to re-sign Faulk (as well as the re-signing of veteran offensive guard Stephen Neal and the return of veteran wide receiver David Patten) do a lot to help reinforce the positive locker room infrastructure that existed when the Patriots won three Super Bowls in four seasons.
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