Re: Deion Branch has something to say
posted at 6/30/2013 3:11 PM EDT
In response to TFB12's comment:
In response to RallyC's comment:
Balanced reporting, TFB. Good job. As I explained what would happen next, days ago in my post referring to the family dynamic and closing the ranks of his team to promote and restore focus, and as this reports now supports, "In the days since his arrest, current Patriot players have remained silent about their former tight end at the request of the front office" shows that BB has already "closed ranks" and is demanding that his players tune out the noise and start steering their complete focus on camp preperations. Phase one in making the best of an aweful situation. Great coaches take every opportuinity, good and bad, to DEMAND more control over his players thought processes even before "boot camp" starts. Ideal situation to capitalize on? NO, of course not. Effective for the Team's longer term success. Absolutely. Thanks, TFB.
Hey Rally, Thanks! btw, what's happening? Haven't seen ya here for a couple days. I agree, and BB has done a great job of this so far and from what we have seen in the past concerning distractions, they will continue to do a good job with this. But there is no doubt that there will be even a bigger media circus come the start of camp. But now the Hernandez situation will take over much of the circus that would have been mainly focused on Tebow. I have no doubt they Pats can and will control it, but there is going to be an onslaught of media covering the Patriots when they return to camp and the majority of questions are going to start off concerning Hernandez.
I have two questions for you... While we know the players have been told to stay focused, remain silent about Hernandez, do you think we will see any current Patriots players say anything at all about him? Second question... I am sure it will be somewhat strange, possibly dreary, for many or even all the players and coaches, to come in when camp opens and not see Hernandez there, his locker cleaned out, everything to do with him will be gone. What type of affect will this have on the players? This is a bit different of a situation then the spygate situation or Tebow coming in. This is a loss of a teammate under very unreal circumstances. Thanks!
TFB, in my sometimes not so humble opinion:
1. BB and the position coaches have instructed ALL MEMBERS of the team from training staff to equipment managers to family members to comply with a "gag order". This is not as much for the protection of Aaron Hernandez as it is a test of unified and individual discipline and their ability to comply with direct instructions from the organization. They certainly will be allowed to speak to the authorities to assist in the investigation, but when it comes to Aaron, I WOULD BE SHOCKED if you see any quotes from training camp eligible players from this point forward outside of "next question" or "Aaron is no longer a member of the NE Patriot Organization and I am here to speak about the New England Patriots". Again, the extra discipline serves to galvanize over all team discipline and unity.
2. NFL preseason camp and the season for that matter is an ongoing competition to get or to keep your job. By the time these guys get to camp and settle in, Aaron will honestly be the last thing they want to think about. They will be thinking, "I have to focus, learn my job, make this team, or I go to plan B.....what the hell is my plan B?" If they go to camp dwelling on anything other than learning and doing their job, they will only be cheating themselves. Aaron will be an afterthought of most of the guys on the team. They will all be more focused on "WHO STEPS UP and WHO GETS THAT OPEN SLOT?". The family unit builds after the final cuts. Aaron was a casualty to his own ignorance and threw away "what I am here fighting my ace off for". "Thanks for opening an additional slot Aaron!"
I know it sounds cut throat, but that is what trainning camp and competition for millions of dollars and fighting for a job in the NFL is really like. Those who make the final cut become the survivors of the camp war and unify build from there, and Aaron missed the entire war and didn't have anything to do with them. By the time the first game starts, he won't even be mentioned amongst them more than likely. Thanks for asking, TFB.
One last thing.....Aaron Hernandez didn't tragicaly die in a car accident or anything. He threw what the rest of the guys on this team consider A DREAM away. They think just like we do: "You stupid fool, What the hell did you do!" If anything they are angry and motivated to not duplicate his stupidity. I doubt any of them feel sorry for him. He is essentially the black sheep and has been extradited from the "family" by even to those who cared about him like a brother.