Tuesday, July 23, 2013

New England Patriots Finally Appear to Have Learned a Lesson

For Patriots fans this has been a rough off-season. For everyone else it has been a treat; the mighty may have finally toppled. Finally, one of the many chances that the Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick took back fired on them. Not that what is going on with Aaron Hernandez is good of course; it's tragic to say the least. After playing with fire so many times the Patriots finally got burned.

The big question of course is whether they learned anything from it or if they are still a win at all cost kind of team. Faithful New England fans will be glad to hear that it does appear as if the team has learned a lesson.

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The team was all set to add former Duke defensive lineman John Drew to the roster. Drew had a contract in hand, passed his physical, likely a smile on his face, and was looking forward to joining one of the best teams in the league.

Until they said never mind.

Back during his days as a  Blue Devil, Drew was arrested with two others on charges of firing a weapon into the air on campus. He plead guilty, was kicked off the team, and finished his playing day at North Carolina Central.

At 6'1" and 330 pounds he could have been a major run-stopping force for the Pats this year, but after the Aaron Hernandez fiasco there was no way the Pats could sign someone with his history. He very well could be a fine person with no character issues; he just made one stupid mistake.

After Hernandez though--they couldn't risk it. The media would have skewered the team.

There is one question I would love to know the answer to. How is it that he got to the point that he did--contract, physical done--and no one knew about his gun-related arrest? Or did they not care and someone else stepped in at the 11th hour to stop the deal before it was too late?

Hmmm...so maybe they have learned, just not that much (yet).


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