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What's the 'Patriot Way' in New England? Bill Belichick isn't so sure

What's the 'Patriot Way' in New England? Bill Belichick isn't so sure

The "Patriot Way" is a popular term used to describe the impressive levels of winning, accountability and team-first culture involving the New England Patriots franchise since head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady came to the team in 2000.

Belichick was asked during a Tuesday conference call about his team's culture, and he doesn't have his own definition for what the "Patriot Way" actually means.  Here's the exchange:

Question: We hear a lot about the Patriot Way. How do you define your culture and what you've tried to establish up there in New England?

Belichick: "Yeah, I don't know that I've ever used that term. I'm not really sure what that is either. I appreciate you asking about it though, but I don't know. It's a good question."

Whenever veteran players who have caused distractions or drama on other teams come to New England, people typically assume they'll fall in line and abide by the "Patriot Way."

This term has come up quite a bit since Saturday when reports surfaced of the Patriots signing elite wide receiver Antonio Brown -- a move that became official Monday.

The veteran wideout didn't appear to be the best teammate on his previous teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders. He now has an opportunity to buy into the Patriots' team-first culture and potentially win his first Super Bowl title. If he is a distraction, Belichick could just release Brown and rid the team of any issues caused by his presence. The Patriots certainly don't need Brown to be successful offensively -- just look at their 33-3 Week 1 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The addition of Brown is no doubt a risk. His antics in Pittsburgh and Oakland are cause for concern. However, New England's winning culture, and the leadership Belichick and Brady provide the team, have been enough to take players who were trouble elsewhere and turn them into valuable members of a winning team. Brown is perhaps the Patriots' biggest challenge yet, though.

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Tom Brady 'proud' of ex-teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with 49ers

Tom Brady 'proud' of ex-teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with 49ers

Tom Brady is admiring ex-Patriots teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with the 49ers from afar.

Despite suffering his first loss of the season on Monday night vs. the Seahawks, the former Pats backup quarterback is thriving as San Francisco's starting QB. Garoppolo, like Brady, has his team off to an 8-1 start and pegged as a favorite to compete in Miami for Super Bowl LIV.

Brady talked about Garoppolo's early success on Monday during his weekly Westwood One interview with Jim Gray.

"He's done a great job. The point of playing football is to win, so when your team's winning and you're the quarterback, you're doing your job," Brady told Gray. "I'm certainly proud of everything that he's accomplished. He was a really great guy for me to get to know and to see on a daily basis.

"I think the great thing to see if players who take advantage of their opportunity. He had an organization that put a lot on the line to get him, and he's taken advantage of that opportunity. I know he had a tough injury last year, but he showed a lot of mental toughness in coming back from a tough injury and is playing great football."

Garoppolo was drafted by the Patriots in 2014 and served as Brady's backup until he was traded to the 49ers in 2017. The Eastern Illinois product got the chance to showcase his talents in two starts during the 2016 season, going 2-0 with four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Since then, the 28-year-old has overcome a devastating knee injury and become the leader of an NFC powerhouse that looks like it'll be in the mix for years to come. Not a bad deal for the man once thought of as Brady's potential successor.

As for Brady and the Patriots, they'll look to bounce back from their Week 10 loss to the Ravens on Sunday when they face off against the Eagles. If all goes according to plan, a February reunion for Brady and Garoppolo in Miami could be in the works.

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Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Two of Boston's most beloved sports figures in the city's history did some reuniting on Monday.

Rob Gronkowski and David Ortiz joined forces for an Instagram video that certainly will add to the speculation about a possible comeback for the retired Patriots tight end.

“Big Papi’s my new trainer,” Gronkowski says in the video while flexing. “We are reunited.”

Watch below:

Don't get too excited though, Patriots fans. Gronk has pretty much already shut down the idea of a comeback this season and is preoccupied with some new television responsibilities. He has, however, left the door open to return to the gridiron one day.

If Gronk does decide to help out the Pats' current tight end situation, he has until Nov. 30 to make up his mind.

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