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.”