Matthew Slater: The standards haven’t changed

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The Patriots are going to look very different the next time they take the field because their quarterback won’t be Tom Brady, but another longtime member of the team doesn’t think that change will lead to a change in the outlook for the year to come.

Special teams ace Matthew Slater acknowledged that “it’s a tall task” to move forward without a player who has had an outsize role in shaping the identity of the team for 20 years. That shift in identity isn’t something he’ll use as an excuse for a shift in the way the team goes about its business, however.

“I don’t think the goals change at all,” Slater said, via Phil Perry of NBCSportsBoston.com. “I don’t think the standards change at all. . . . We’re not the victims here. You don’t have time to waste any season in the NFL.”

Slater has been a team leader for some time and he said he thinks the team should be fine on that front as they move forward without Brady, but there are still going to be a lot of questions to answer once the first post-Brady season gets up and running.

17 responses to “Matthew Slater: The standards haven’t changed

  1. Yeah right. No one loses a HOF player & is honest that things have not changed & that the expectations for a new player are not different. Especially TB12, not just any player or even any qb. The best of the best, ever.

  2. Don’t change the goals, don’t change the standards, and don’t change always calling heads in a coin flip.

  3. The act of resigning Slater is proof the standards have not changed. The Cap strapped Pats could have signed a cheaper ST player. Slater may be one of the best special teams players in NFL history.

  4. That standards may not have changed, but the results will.

    Every dynasty in the history of dynasties thought that their dynasty would just keep chugging along indefinitely. The Pat have (finally) hit the end of the road. They’ll be just like everyone else now.

  5. Excellence is the standard for the patriots they always give all they have that won’t change .

  6. You are assuming Stidham will be a flop. I believe he is going to be a great QB in the mold of Brady.

  7. Glad they resigned Slater. Late round pick without a position worked himself into the Pro Bowl and possibly the HOF. Leader, consummate pro, great teamate, tremendous in the community. They don’t come much better than Matthew Slater.

  8. Yeah, Miami had no problem replacing Marino, Pittsburgh had no problem replacing Bradshaw, Denver had no problem replacing Elway, Dallas had no problem replacing Staubach or Aikman, Green Bay had no problem replacing Starr, etc, etc. No big deal. Losing superstar QB’s and still winning at the same level happens all the time.

  9. “You are assuming Stidham will be a flop. I believe he is going to be a great QB in the mold of Brady.”
    ___________

    Yep, because it’s extremely likely that a team would find the GOAT in the 6th round and then nab a worthy successor to him in the 4th round. It’s just that easy.

  10. Yep, because it’s extremely likely that a team would find the GOAT in the 6th round and then nab a worthy successor to him in the 4th round. It’s just that easy.

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    Some fans believe that

    Belichick didn’t pay big for receivers so that Brady could turn cheap slot receivers into playmakers.

    Belichick didn’t pay big for O-line so that Brady could get rid of balls within 3 seconds.

  11. DAndrews got a 9 mil extension as an UFA.
    MCannon got a 36 mil deal as a late round pick.
    SMason got a 50 mil deal as a 4th rnd pick.
    They franchised Thuney.
    They traded for Welker, paid him 18 mil, then franchised him when that deal expired.
    Edelman got an 18 mil extension in 2018

  12. Slater just said it’s gonna be a talk task, but the goals are the same. That’s the Patriot Way. He never said it would be the same without Brady.

  13. They will miss Brady’s experience with the system but the future looks bright.

  14. Brady will be missed because of all hes done for the Patriots & their fans… Stidham will be loved for all he will do to keep the Patriots success sustained as their new leader & face of the franchise

  15. Slater just said it’s gonna be a talk task, but the goals are the same. That’s the Patriot Way. He never said it would be the same without Brady.
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    Yes, it won’t be the same, super cheap belichick will be exposed.

    You know he needs a QB who can turn cheap slot receivers into playmakers.

  16. DAndrews got a 9 mil extension as an UFA.
    ……
    Edelman got an 18 mil extension in 2018

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    tedmurph,

    You talk like other team pay average 1 million to each player on offense.

    Hey, who told you the hard part of dink n dunk is throwing the balls?

    When you saw Welker wide open or Edelmen wide open, did it ever occur to you that it is because Brady threw the balls at the earliest possible time?

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