Patrick Chung: Bill Belichick won’t let Patriots’ culture change, even without Tom Brady

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Patrick Chung played 10 years for the Patriots with Tom Brady as a teammate, and then he played his final NFL season last year on the Patriots without Brady. And he says Brady’s absence doesn’t change the Patriots’ culture.

Chung said he doesn’t buy the idea that the team’s culture is different without Brady, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN. Chung says that Bill Belichick has not allowed the culture to change.

“Bill is going to make sure that culture stays the same. That’s how Bill is. Regardless of who’s there, who’s not there, he’s going to make sure those players are ready to go and compete,” Chung said.

Chung is now retired, and he says telling Belichick he was retiring was among the hardest things he’s ever done.

41 responses to “Patrick Chung: Bill Belichick won’t let Patriots’ culture change, even without Tom Brady

  1. If I owned a business worth a few billion dollars I wouldn’t jeopardize it with unvaccinated plyers

  2. I am not disputing that Belichick is the GOAT but I will say that the the triangle offense only works when you have Jordan or Kobe and the Patriot way only works bc of Brady

  3. Belichick’s stlye only works when you’re winning. How many sub 8-8 seasons will they endure before a mutiny and total inability to lure Free Agents to NE.

  4. “…and then he played his final NFL season last year on the Patriots without Brady”

    Chung opted out last year, so he didn’t really play without Brady.

  5. um yeah, good luck with that. brady is literally once a generation talent.

  6. I think Chung is angling for a coaching position down the line and is saying all the right things. BB won’t forget that he left him hanging when he sprinted for the Eagles’ money mid-career. Yes, it was the right thing for Chung to do and most of us (experts) would had done the same thing…I’m just saying that BB has a long memory and can be pretty vindictive.

  7. Belichick will have the team back on track once Cam Newton is no longer the starting QB!

  8. If what Chung says is true then that’s a big mistake. That culture only worked cause of the winning and Brady leading the way. Without Brady and the winning that culture will not work.

  9. Every single player, retired or active, that played for the Pats from 2000 on, says the Patriot Way is about Belichick.

  10. Not every single player. Amendola pops to mind as someone who says it’s the Brady Way. Let’s see if they keep that same stance once the next few seasons play out.

  11. He better hope it translates into wins without Brady. He gets a pass for last year but if they continue not having success for another two years or so, players *will* tune him out. That’s just how people are no matter how tough nosed the leader is.

  12. Brady walked because Bill let him walk. Bill knew he wasn’t winning even with Brady. The team was weak on the defensive line and at linebacker. They had no tight ends and no receivers. They were without a placekicker until Bill revived Folk’s career and then managed him expertly. Special teams excelled. The offensive line was consistent despite injuries. The running game worked and the D backs kept them in some games. A 7-9 record last year was an over-achievement with all that, and with Cam, Hoyer and Stidham at QB.

    Anyone who looks at last year’s team and sees a coaching failure doesn’t understand the game. Slamming Belichick for GM moves after two decades of dominance is absurd.

    Bill is the best in the NFL at adjustments and he is attacking 2021 in a different way. His free agency moves are not desperate, they’re strategic. How many two decade dynasties in the salary cap era only took a year to rebuild? It has never been dine before because the Patriots are the only two decade dynasty.

  13. I could certainly envision maintenance of the Pats culture if Mac Jones emerges as a good (at least) quarterback. I think this kid would be smart enough to understand the opportunity before him and partner with his coach the way Brady did for so many years in preserving the organizational traits that kept the Pats on top for so many years. When the silly detractors would say,”the Pats don’t dominate” in most of their victories or “they just get lucky” a lot, not only is it dumb, but it ignores all the little things they do that separate them from weaker and less disciplined organizations. This is what Kraft and Belichick built, and it started with Parcells helping to legitimize the modern version of the team. It will continue.

  14. Of Belichick’s 21 years with New England, only 3 seasons did they have less than double digit win totals. Not losing seasons, one year they were 9-7, but double digit wins which included winning 11 games with Matt Cassel as the starting QB. And of note, it was his first and then last season with Patriots. Looked upon analytically, they could be both viewed as transition years that were needed to adapt and correct the accumulated mistakes of prior seasons. His first year was rebuilding the from the Pete Carroll era, to this past year where the cap and talent consequences finally came due.
    So almost two decades of hyper competitive football which is unmatched in NFL history. And if you believe that it was only due to Brady, look at the records of other teams with Hall of Fame quarterbacks to see if they have something anything remotely close to what Belichick and Brady accomplished.

  15. Bill Belichick won’t let Patriots’ culture change

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    That is like claiming human beings knew how to make planes 500 years ago, because they dreamed of flying then.

  16. but double digit wins which included winning 11 games with Matt Cassel as the starting QB. And of note, it was his first and then last season with Patriots

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    without Brady, Belichick was an “I can’t win if opponent scores 20 or more points” kind of coach, including 2001, 2008 and 2020.

  17. It’s like chinese not producing pen caps, or some idiotic analogy I used to read here

  18. It’s like chinese not producing pen caps, or some idiotic analogy I used to read here

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    and you never name a single thing Belichick did that other coaches couldn’t do with Brady.

  19. Brady didn’t need top paid WR, didn’t need top paid O-line, took paycut, which coaches wouldn’t be able to give him a decent and stable WR group? Only Belichick, even Rich Kotite would be able to do it.

    With “slow and boring” TOP offense that never gave opponents good field positions, which coaches couldn’t build a defense that was reliable in playoff by spending as much as Belichick? Only Belichick,

    Who still believe in Belichick? his blind believers. Here is an information for his believers : during Brady’s reign, Belichick’s defense was AS BAD AS PACKERS’ DEFENSE on total yards allowed, which may explain why his defense routinely collapsed in big games.

  20. Belichick’s defense won more Patriot Super Bowl or kept them in more Super Bowls than Brady did

  21. Hypothetical fantasy questions bore me

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    Are you shocked that during Brady’s reign, Belichick’s defense was AS BAD AS PACKERS’ DEFENSE on total yards allowed? I was shocked too. Just imagine what if Packers had a “slow and boring” TOP offense that never gave opponents good field positions?

  22. Belichick’s defense won more Patriot Super Bowl or kept them in more Super Bowls than Brady did

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    Pats needed Brady to score 24 or more in at two playoff games. Would Peyton, Rodgers, Brees and Mahomes be able to do it WITH THE SQUAD BELICHICK GAVE TO BRADY?

    2001? without Brady’s offense, Pats wouldn’t even make playoff. Just look at the stats of Jets and Dolphins, all they needed was a top offense in regular seasons that could score 24 or more in playoff.

  23. Bend but not break is Belichicks cover 2 MO. Yards are an irrelevant D Stat. It’s about points. I remember another poster that used to make the same repetitive posts. Guess he got a job or got out of prison

  24. Bend but not break is Belichicks cover 2 MO.

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    Would it work without good field positions? would it work when it had to play 33 minutes? Do you know how long Belichick’s defense played in SB against Eagles?

    BTW, on average between 2001 and 2019, excluding 2008, Pats defense ranked at 7.1 on total points allowed, and 16.56 on total yards allowed.

  25. GOAT NFL all-around Coach, Scout, Football historian, Head Coach and GM.

    The guy is his own walking HOF.

  26. Comparing Belichick to Rich Kotite has to be tongue in cheek. Not even the Patriots haters are that clueless.

    I love what Kevin Faulk said about Mac Jones.

    Yankees took a no no into the 8th against the Sox and lost 5-4. Amazing what a change can cone about after one bad year in Boston sports.

  27. Comparing Belichick to Rich Kotite has to be tongue in cheek.

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    Offensively, Belichick is a garbage.

  28. Belichick instituted the quick paced,no huddle offense in 2011. Pats averaged 32 pts /game. What’s the record for someone being wrong?

  29. Belichick offenses run by Brady averaged 28 points/game. Belichick run offenses run by all other qbs averaged 19 points/game. Now is it the coach or is it the qb?

  30. Why is this so hard?

    It was the coach AND the QB. Both generationally great.

  31. It was the coach AND the QB. Both generationally great.
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    Yes. I agree completely. Great answer.

  32. To the commenter who said Matt Cassel only spent one year with the Patriots, Cassel was picked by them in the 7th round of the 2005 draft, and was a backup until Brady’s injury in 2008, after which he was traded to the Chiefs.

  33. He can still coach but he’s 69 years old now, has done it all, and will retire someday. That by itself gives it a different dynamic than 10-15 years ago. Every team that has ever been at the top eventually slips. The good breaks stop happening, the new guys don’t turn out to be quite as good as the old guys, or some other team ends up being just a little bit better.

  34. Realistic expectations for this team is making the playoffs this year. Need Stidham and Mac to gain more experience before making a SB run and that’s probably next year.

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