Former Patriots standout Troy Brown, whose performance in the 2001 AFC title game helped launch the three-titles-in-four-years dynasty, doesn’t like what he currently sees from his old team.
So how would he fix the situation in New England?
“You got to start by finding some leaders,” Brown told Michael Holley and Jon Meterperel of Comcast SportsNet on Tuesday. “The defense has no leaders. There’s nobody that can lead this football team.”
And he’s right; in one offseason, the Pats saw Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi retire, and the team traded away Mike Vrabel and Richard Seymour.
Meanwhile, malcontents like Adalius Thomas remained.
Brown also thinks there’s a lack of toughness on the team. “I think you heard Tom Brady say, maybe [Monday] or Sunday after the game, that the team wasn’t mentally tough. . . . And obviously they weren’t physically tough, either, because they couldn’t handle anything the Ravens threw at them on Sunday.”
He’s right. And now the question becomes whether the Patriots can or will do anything about it during the 2010 offseason.