Rodney Harrison challenges Patriots to win another Super Bowl

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A decade has passed since the commencement of the most recent season culminating in a Super Bowl win for the Patriots.  A member of that roster thinks another championship is long overdue.

“You have an opportunity to play for the greatest organization on the planet,” Harrison said during Friday night’s induction of Ty Law into the Patriots Hall of Fame, via Tom Curran of CSN New England.  “How can you not come out here and get it done?  It’s not good enough to win a playoff game.  It’s not good enough to make it to the AFC Championship game.  It’s time to win a Super Bowl and everybody has to be held accountable.”

Harrison applauds the team’s efforts to pump up the defensive side of the ball, even if he believes they should have happened earlier.

“About time! About time!” Harrison said. “For the last six years, I’ve been very disappointed, quite frankly. I take pride in this Patriots team and what Bill Belichick believes in. To see the type of guys that were on that stage [Friday night] and not see that same type of production [on the field currently]. . . . It hurt my heart to have to criticize this secondary on Sunday nights. It hurt my heart. But at the same time there has to be a certain level of accountability. You get to a point where you realize, ‘Yes, it’s nice to score points on offense, but you need a defense.'”

Harrison then provided a quote that Belichick should put on a T-shirt or a poster or anything that can fit the words.

“You can’t be a leader if you don’t have an attitude,” Harrison. “You gotta have some pride about yourself. You gotta understand how important it is to show up on an everyday basis and hold yourself accountable as well as teammates. We weren’t afraid to get in guy’s faces and say, ‘You’re slacking.’ Your professional pride, you get in a guy’s face, he’s gonna step it up or he’s gonna be replaced. That’s what I miss. And once again, I go back to the word accountability. You got Tom Brady, you got an opportunity to play with one of the greatest quarterbacks in history, how can you not get pumped up?”

How can you not get pumped up by reading that?

Meanwhile, I’m only a few weeks away from having Rodney get in my face every Sunday at NBC and tell me, “You’re slacking.”

64 responses to “Rodney Harrison challenges Patriots to win another Super Bowl

  1. Who is the most annoying former Patriot that needs to realize he no longer plays for the team? Harrison? Bruschi? Someone else?

  2. Harrison is 100% right. That defensive backfield has been trash pretty much since Ty Law left…be it from poor coaching, poor personnel decisions, and poor performance. BB finally put some talent back there rather than throwing a bunch of garbage at the wall (X number of 2nd – 4th rounders or tired retreads) only hoping that something would finally stick.

    I cannot wait to see us get off the field on third down!!!

  3. Greatest organization on the planet….yeah, that is it which is shown every time they just cast aside a key player like Welker and will try and low-ball key guys.

    Good to see it is the defense getting blamed for their 9 years of superbowl failure. Can’t ever partly be the offense (Brady) doesn’t come up big when needed. His playoff performances over that span have generally been average yet we’ll ignore that since it is forbidden to criticize him and if anything about the offense is criticized it is that the receivers stink. Never can be Tom played poorly. Ever.

    Hopefully they never win another super bowl in the Brady era so I can still see Patriots fans and the media go on about what happened back in the 2001-2004 period while ignoring the next 10 to say 14 years.

  4. That defense is SCARY this year. Maybe not on the Hawks or 9ers level, but they’ll be tough! If they got a real number 1 receiver, I would be looking forward to them vs Denver, San Fran or Seattle in the playoffs and Super Bowl.

  5. Yea now that the defense is good , their offense is pretty weak. Not gunna win to many playoff games throwing the ball to little edelman and amendola. There both good recievers but they aint a star

  6. .
    The defense finally has both pass rushers (Jones, Hightower, Collins) and DBs who can cover (Revis, Ryan, Dennard, Browner, McCourty).
    I would expect to see less vanilla defenses from the Patriots. Belichick has the pieces for a more attacking style.

  7. Harrison is trash,he should be fired from TV.He never has anything negative to say about the pats,and everything negative to say about all the pats rivals.Rodney you don’t own or play for the pats anymore you need to be fair across the board to all teams with your criticism .If you can’t separate your love for the pats just retire already and get a job in the pats front office.i am boycotting Sunday night football until you are gone…

  8. Rodney is the man and should get consideration into the Hall of Fame one day. Ty Law should be in the HOF. He had so many big picks and his INT TD in the Super Bowl against the Rams set the tone

    I can’t wait for this season, the Patriot haters are going to have a awful year. Revis looks incredible, Chandler Jones is going to be an All Pro (at least 15 sacks), Pats will be the No 1 seed and when Denver comes to Foxboro and Manning looks at Revis and Browner and McCourty and Jamie Collins, and Mayo and Chandler Jones and Zeus and Ninkovich he is going to barley throw up 10 points.

  9. After all these years you all still love to hate the patriots & for good reason…..

    Unlike your teams year after year they are winners……
    GO PATS GO !!!!!!

  10. Not much of a challenge when playing in the AFC LEast, which for the last 14 years has consistently been the worst Division in the NFL.

    Can’t wait for Tommy to retire; the whining/crying quotient will be reduced by 78%!

  11. Hmmmmm. One thing happened since they last won. What was it? Darn it’s on the tip of my tongue. Something they used to do and got caught and can’t do anymore…

  12. Its only a matter of time…Talent is there …stay healthy..The train is leaving the station and its all filled up…Loving the Pats is much easier then hating !!

  13. Any former player is allowed to be loyal to his former team. But it makes you shake your head about his ability to be a credible commentator about that team or its opponents. And if a Washington player were to comment on the team name, don’t you think pft would be quick to point out the blind loyalty issue?

    (Side note – will they get Heath Evans a cuter cheerleader outfit this year?)

  14. These haters must sit around ALL DAY and wait for a Patriot post. This just reinforces how great the Patriots are and how pathetic these people and their teams must be.

  15. Gotta love the Patriots haters here. Tom Brady has a higher win percentage and better stats since Spygate. The reason the Patriots haven’t won a SB since then is because they haven’t had a great defense. And they still came close. The fact is most people who reference Spygate are simply jealous of the world class organization and team we have.

  16. “You have an opportunity to play for the greatest organization on the planet,”
    lol, thanks for the good laugh.

  17. The fact is most people who reference Spygate are simply jealous of the world class organization and team we have.
    Or maybe we just despise cheating, the dishonest people who partake in it and the fools that defend it.

  18. Forgetting about the fact that this a fluff peice about an NBC colleague, it must infuriate current players, playing in a totally different era, to have former players waltz in, wag their finger at the current team, and pretend that they know everything about what it takes to win a SB.

    Like them or hate them 90% of players and fans would love to have the Patroits perennial success.

    When it gets to Superbowls and getting to Superbowls, there are so many factors and so much about of good luck and timing along the way, totally out of control of the players much of the the time.

    EG. What happens if SEA doesn’t come back vs HOU or TB (after being down by 21) last year? They have to play an extra playoff game, then play in SF for the NFCC. If they don’t get it done, Manning goes onto win the SB and retires this offseason on top, and the course of many franchises totally changes (SF lets Harbaugh go etc). Just because Matt Schaub doesnt throw a pass in a midseason game, or Hauscka misses a kick during Seattle’s comeback in another midseason game.

  19. Only 30 jealous trolls here?? Seven years after taping from the wrong place on the field, and they’re still talking about it with envy, wishing it was their team who could be half as successful as NE is. The only time to worry is when they stop crying about it….weh weh weh somebody make NE stop crushing my team.

  20. I Love It Tell Rodney No Worries BB Just Picked Up a New DRONE so this years superbowl is a Lock. hahahahah spygate Idiots!!!!

    Why Didn’t any other teams offer up there tapes that year to show where they were taping from & what they were taping ????? O’H Wait because they were doing the same EXACT Thing…& if nobody else was then why didn’t they show their tapes to prove it………

  21. Brady is the best QB in football, but this team has almost no talent. They pick up scrubs from other teams, and the players they cut don’t go to other teams they go out of the league.

    NE would have to greatly step up the cheating if they hope to win another Super Bowl before Brady retires.

  22. Do you know what is really great? Rodney is saying this about a team that over the last 13 years that has the best combined winning record in the history of sport, with the lone exception being the great Yankee teams. But Rodney is right, other teams, including the Celtics, won more championships. The Patriots were close in two additional years but close don’t count.

  23. I’ll tell you what; Harrison was one of those guys that if he played for the other team you hated him. If he played for your team you loved him. One of the greatest FA scrapheap signings of all time, after SDiego said he couldn’t run anymore. He was in Al Davis’ office when Belichick asked him to come to NEngland(for less money). Not a great advocate of the punch in the face a half second after the whistle, but he did have that intimidation factor. Even with his own teamates. Glad he got his ring, he deserved it. Great, instinctual player that will never get in the NFL HOF. Like the fact that he has no problem giving the Pats a shot on TV.

    Aside to Pats fans: Harrison was at Law’s induction ceremony and was awesome.

  24. Seven years after taping from the wrong place on the field, and they’re still talking about it with envy

    And still refusing to understand what the rule violation was.

    And to dense to realize their last Super Bowl win was two years before the spygate rule was created.

    I could go on.

  25. “The road to the super bowl this year will go through new England.”

    Only if you’re driving south from Maine and heading well south of Foxboro.

  26. They’ll never win a title if they can’t throw deep. Dink-and-dunk will win the AFC East, but it’s not a recipe for a championship. Sorry, 2007 was probably their last real chance.

  27. Seven years after taping from the wrong place on the field, and they’re still talking about it with envy


    Ah, Pats fans still trying to pretend that it was just “camera placement” that tripped them up……as if it were still legal to film signals from some other location. Matt Walsh did us all a great service. You don’t destroy evidence if there was nothing to hide. And there’s a perfectly good reason why Goodell burned those tapes. Too bad nobody took him to task then the way Vilma schooled Goodell when it came to Bounty-gate.

  28. The challenge will be met with more hidden cameras situated in very remote areas of the field. Harrison is a BBM. Patriots will never win one anytime soon. BOOK IT!!!!!!

  29. I LOVE it when the hater’s jealousy keeps them coming back for more! The fact is, that the camera placement was perfectly legal until 2006 when Goodall sent out his memo, so, if it was LEGAL in 2001-2004, where’s the cheating? LOL, Watch these fools trip over themselves! Keep it coming haters or rather losers with losing teams!

  30. Apparently Pats fans now define “perennial success” as making the playoffs/losing the Conference Championship game. How many more seasons does it take without winning the big one until they are associated with losers the likes of the Vikings, Bills, and Eagles, it’s only been a decade.

  31. Yes as a Pats fan I would say having the most wins since 2000 in the NFL, winning 11+ games every season, having played in 5 Super Bowls, winning 3, playing in 7 AFCC games and winning the AFCE 11 out of the last 13 season would consider it to be “perennial success” .I can say every season is a lot of fun being a Patriots fan knowing they are always one of the best teams in the league.

    And for all the haters of anything Patriots , deep down everyone knows that come February 2nd in Arizona, the New England Patriots have a very strong chance of being there again .

  32. Brady is the best QB in football, but this team has almost no talent.

    Besides Brady, there are 12 Pro-Bowlers on the roster, ye of many usernames.

  33. They play in what has been the worst division in pro football for over a decade which means they get to play at minimum 6 games against teams as good as the 08′ Lions and the rest of their schedule is always cake. No wonder they always get knocked out of the playoffs early. Even the Lions would have a few division titles and playoff wins if they switched places and the Pats wouldn’t even be in the playoffs most years. You would think the league would stop promoting a team that was caught cheating in the worst way yet they consistently give them the easiest schedule and do everything in their power to shove them down our throats and tell us how classy they are (eyes roll)

  34. Just answer the question. How many years does it take not winning it all, until the Patriots are associated with the biggest losers? If your not a Patriots fan they’re already there. Asterisk next to 11+ win seasons. It is after all the AFC East.

  35. Pats Haters are amusing–their envy comes through loud and clear through all their drivel.

  36. Winning percentage per division since 2002:

    AFC East: .525
    NFC East: .518
    NFC South: .515
    AFC South: .512
    AFC North: .509
    AFC West: .488
    NFC North: .480
    NFC West: .453

  37. Just for you and the rest of the uninformed:

    Most of the Patriot haters that talk about “SPYGATE” on a regular basis have NO IDEA what it was about, or the time table in question. It’s funny to me that they think it was cheating, or in anyway,
    negates the Pats 3 rings… Here is a history lesson for you so the next time you want to talk about “SPYGATE”, you actually know what happened!

    “SPYGATE” is in the reference to the illegal taping of defensive signals from the sidelines, for viewing AFTER THE GAME, which was deemed against the rules back in 2006.

    This new rule was established in a memo from Roger Goodell’s office and sent to ALL teams in the NFL. Not just the Pats… Let me repeat… This memo was sent to ALL TEAMS IN THE NFL…

    The reason being is because “SPYGATE” had likely been done by several teams in the NFL for DECADES, and NO WHERE IN THE RULE BOOK did it say it couldn’t be done.

    The rules clearly stated that you couldn’t tape from the sidelines to use that information for assistance DURING the game. It said NOTHING ABOUT TAPING FROM THE SIDELINES TO REVIEW THAT INFORMATION AFTER THE GAME. Which is EXACTLY what we are talking about!

    With that being said, the actual “SPYGATE” controversy is about the Patriots continuing to tape these signals from the date the memo was sent out in 2006, to their 2007 season opener against the Jets on 9/9/2007.

    Anytime, before this memo in 2006, including their 3 Super Bowl titles, IS NOT WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT.

    What is in question is the 2007 preseason and the 2007 season opener against the Jets. THAT IS ALL,, So if you want to call the Pats cheaters during that 1 year time frame, but all means. They were CHEATERS. Too bad for your hater narrative, all of the Pats 3 rings were won before 2006. So what they were doing at that time WAS NOT CHEATING!

    Fox NFL Sunday, September 16, 2007.

    Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson said, “This is exactly how I was told to do it 18 years ago by a Kansas City Chiefs scout. I tried it, but I didn’t think it helped us.” Johnson also said, “Bill Belichick was wrong because he videotaped signals after a memo was sent out to all of the teams saying not to do it. But what irritates me is hearing some reactions from players and coaches. These players don’t know what their coaches are doing. And some of the coaches have selective amnesia because I know for a fact there were various teams doing this. That’s why the memo was sent to everybody.”

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