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Consistency Foundation For Patriots' Success


Off to yet another undefeated start this season at 7-0 after a Super Bowl winning season, the Patriots each year find ways to get the absolute most out of their teams.

The New England Patriots over the last decade have been the NFL's most consistent Super Bowl contender.

Top photos from Redskins & Patriots joint practice session at the Bon Secours Training Center on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

Almost every single week they get the opponents' best effort. And almost every single week the Patriots find a way to earn yet another victory.

While their on-field success has been eye-popping since the tandem of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady started working together, it's the preparation that often sets them apart.

The Washington Redskins got a first-hand look at this last season when they hosted the Patriots for three days of joint practices at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Va.

"Just the way they run it like a machine," said Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, a veteran of 12 NFL seasons. "It's constantly just kind of going, going, going. They got somebody hurt; they just bring in somebody else. Somebody's tired; they just bring in somebody else in. Just kind of the machine that's been winging them, man."

Hall added that the way they operated their practices and the their mindset as soon as they stepped on the field was a "good measuring stick" for the Redskins.

"I think we used last year to kind of help us figure out what we needed to do, and what areas we needed to be better in just from the game management standpoint and from a coaching standpoint," Hall said. "Because those guys, they do it the right way."

Belichick was hired by the Patriots in 2000 after a four-year gap between head coaching jobs in the NFL.

In his first season, the Patriots went just 5-11. In the 15 years since, including their 7-0 start this season, they are 177-54.

They, of course, also have four Super Bowl victories during that span and could have easily had six if it weren't for two great catches leading to wins for the New York Giants instead.

"You look at the other 31 teams, everybody is trying to emulate the success that they have," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said. "There's no question about it. They've been consistently good and that's obviously the goal of this franchise here, to get back to being consistent, being relevant consistently, year in and year out. It's easier said than done. It takes good drafts. It takes being sound in your free agency, your spending. Key positions staying healthy and playing for a long time and obviously great coaching, which they have. It is a challenge for every football team to try to be consistent like that but it is very, very difficult obviously but that is our intent."

While some of the league's top teams are loaded with household names, outside of a few faces, the Patriots don't have the same star power.

They do, however, have 53 players that buy into their system.

"The thing when I used to watch the Patriots, back in the day, they never really got big name guys," defensive end Jason Hatcher said. "They just got smart, tough football players and that's Coach Belichick; that's his pedigree. Smart, tough football players that buy in. We ain't wondering your name, your celebrity status, everybody's just buying in, just doing their job and doing it well. And I think that system hasn't changed over the years and it's a great system, they do a good job."




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