Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was asked this morning why his team doesn’t seem to have the same issues of locker room culture and the perception that the inmates are running the asylum that have dogged the Red Sox this season.
His answer was a simple one: Bill Belichick would never allow it.
"Our locker room is run by one man,” Brady explained during his weekly interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI. “And he expects a certain level, an attitude, a work ethic, an enthusiasm, an accountability that you have to bring to work every day. Those are the kind of players that he brings in. If you're not prepared to work or if you're not mentally tough, then he gets rid of you.
“Really, when you look around the locker room, you're surrounded by a bunch of guys that are very similar, and a bunch of guys that really care about the team and are committed to the team. That's what the foundation of our team is built on.
"You realize when you're in that locker room, when you look around the environment, you don't fit in if you're worried about how many rush yards or how many sacks or how many yards you throw for. At the end of the day, none of that matters. The only thing that matters is winning. That's why he brings us here, to win. That's the expectation we try to fulfill. That's on a daily basis."