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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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Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy calls halftime booing by fans in Foxboro 'disrespectful'

Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy calls halftime booing by fans in Foxboro 'disrespectful'

Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy said he thought the booing of the team by Gillette Stadium fans at halftime of New England's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday was "disrespectful."

The Patriots left the field trailing 20-7 at halftime in a game they eventually lost, 23-16. It dropped the Pats to 10-3 and ended a 21-game home winning streak for New England.

"Too much booing for me," Van Noy told our Tom E. Curran in an interview on Quick Slants. "I thought it was disrespectful." 

Van Noy backtracked a bit when asked if he was bothered by the boos. 

"Why would bother me? You asked if it was a playoff atmosphere," he said, suggesting that the team wouldn't be booed in a playoff game. 

"Obviously It sucks when it doesn't go the way we want, but know that we're all trying," Van Noy said. "We're trying to put the best product on the field. We're not trying to disappoint anyone. Just imagine as a fan or a media person that our feelings are probably 100 times more. Our livelihoods are on the line and  we want to win."

Watch the full interview here on YouTube:

Quarterback Tom Brady told Jim Gray in his weekly Westwood One interview on Monday Night Football that the booing comes with the territory. 

"It won't be the last time and that's OK, it doesn't hurt our feelings," Brady said.

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Robert Kraft has brief first comment on Patriots-Bengals taping controversy

Robert Kraft has brief first comment on Patriots-Bengals taping controversy

Patriots owner Robert Kraft's first public comment on the controversy surrounding a team production crew being investigated by the NFL for allegedly taping the Cincinnati Bengals sideline during the Bengals game in Cleveland on Sunday was brief.

"You know everything you should know," Kraft said while declining to talk to reporters, including Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, after walking out of a meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at previously scheduled league meetings in Dallas.  

The team released a statement Monday night acknowledging that their failure to inform the Bengals of the taping was an "unintended oversight" and admitted the video crew unknowingly broke league rules by filming the field from the press box. 

The Patriots (10-3) visit the Bengals (1-12) this Sunday in Cincinnati 

Earlier Tuesday, coach Bill Belichick again insisted he had no knowledge or involvement in what the team production crew was doing and that it's a completely independent operation from the team.

The Athletic reported Tuesday that the tape shows about eight minutes of video that's focused directly on the Bengals sideline. 

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