Tom E. Curran, who covers the Patriots for Comcast SportsNet, delivers a piece today with comments from fan favorite Troy Brown.
Brown said that Patriots coach Bill Belichick is taking down pictures of the past inside Gillette Stadium as part of a message to this year's club.
"From what I understand, they're gutting out the whole place," Brown said in Curran's piece. "There's no pictures of Troy Brown, there's no pictures of Tedy Bruschi, no pictures of Rodney Harrison in the building. It's all wiped off. It's (saying), 'Get your own identity. Get a name for yourselves and don't worry about what Troy Brown did or Rodney Harrison did for this football team.' ... "
In his 11 years as head coach, Belichick has used different motivational tactics in hopes of getting a message across to the team. In 2002, for example, players wore T-shirts with the words "Targeting September" on them, which played off Belichick's theme of a faster start than the year before (1-3 in the first four games).
If Belichick truly has given Gillette a facelift this year, it would be a powerful message to send.