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Die New England Patriots haben das F sicher zur Familie gemacht

von NFI Redaktion

The New England Patriots are not a family-friendly organization. Color me surprised.

For the second year in a row, the Patriots received an F- NFLPA report card in the „Family Treatment“ category. Watching the organization from afar for over 30 years, the vibe I get from it is certainly not one of warmth. The Pats‘ home stadium is Eight miles from the nearest highway exit. Situated so far off the grid in the Massachusetts tundra, it exudes more of a „disconnected signal“ than a „welcoming friend“ aura.

Consecutive F-minuses for basic courtesy are remarkably callous. I imagine one of Matthew Judon’s children asking Bill Belichick what helmets are made of, and the former Patriots head coach responding, „We’re on to Cincinnati.“

Being nice to employees is not a prerequisite for running a successful business. While it’s a good idea and offers the opportunity to bring out the best in employees, money has been made for years without prioritizing this. Although lacking in kindness towards employees‘ families, I never thought a moderately successful company could be socially incompetent.

Whether or not I like a person, when I meet their families, I’m always kinder to them than to the individual. I don’t think I’ve ever smiled at one of my friends, but when talking to their significant others or parents, I show my teeth. If teachers brought their families to class, I would be nice to them, regardless of how annoying the person in front of the blackboard is every day. That’s just good manners.

Belichick will gush when talking with Ed Reed about a play the Hall of Fame defensive back made years ago in a regular season game. But if a player’s father is unable to sustain a conversation about how to defend pick routes on the goal line, Bill likely has no interest in entertaining that person.

Winning has been the priority of this franchise for many years. From the front office to quality control staff, everyone has agreed with this mindset. However, at some point, the football-obsessed robots must at least appear to be real human beings. Tom Brady didn’t retire a Patriot for a specific reason. He was still a great player when he left, but even he wanted more than just dominating Sundays for a few months every year.

Maybe I’m being too harsh on Belichick. I don’t know the guy. Perhaps he’s actually the only person in the organization who has tried to connect with the players‘ families. While that may be the case, I have doubts. At a Super Bowl parade, Belichick yelled to the crowd, „no days off.“ This happened at an event where people literally took a day off to be there.

He’s no longer with the Patriots. Without Brady, they made the playoffs once in four seasons. Belichick’s emotionless pursuit of victory no longer led to success, so he had to go. Jerod Mayo is now the head coach. He and team owner Robert Kraft must address the organization’s family handling issues before OTAs start.

The Patriots need to host a backyard party in their extremely hard-to-access football stadium, with Kraft on the grill and Mayo organizing a touch football game with the families. They should attend a career day at the players‘ children’s schools.

Now is the time for drastic action. Because players giving the franchise consecutive F’s for how they treat their families should be a shameful failure. They’re telling the Patriots they are bad at being polite.

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