Chemistry class in New England

January, 4, 2012
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In a story now posted on ESPNBoston.com, Mike Reiss writes on the chemistry of the Patriots' roster.
As for the once-splintered Patriots locker room, well, that's been a much better place since the disappointing we're-losing-games-before-we-take-the-field 2009 season. Solid team unity is one of the better things the team has going for it entering the playoffs.

"We have awesome chemistry," said defensive lineman Gerard Warren, the 11-year veteran who has experienced the good and bad of it while playing for the Cleveland Browns (2001-04), Denver Broncos (2005-06), Oakland Raiders (2007-09) and Patriots (2010-11).

"The best experience [for me] has been right here in New England, where you know what's expected of you and you know what you're all fighting for. It's kind of like a family atmosphere. That can take a team far, as long as you go out and perform on Sundays."

Reiss notes that the chemistry of the Patriots, from top to bottom, was evidenced by the post-game presentation to owner Robert Kraft after the club's win over the Dolphins Dec. 24.
Whether that leads to a playoff victory remains to be seen, but it's no stretch to say Belichick can feel good about taking a shot with the team he's assembled. It might not be his most talented bunch, but it's certainly one of his most hardened and cohesive groups.

"I think there are a lot of positives about these guys," Belichick said. "They work hard. They've done what I've asked them to do. I don't really have any complaints about that. They've competed."

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