In this week’s edition of the NFL Notebook, we look at another great Dante Scarnecchia story, examine how current Patriots are winning hearts and minds across the country, put the talk of Julian Edelman as a possible Hall of Famer under the microscope, and look at the most (and least) productive personnel packages for the Patriots this postseason. But first, the fact the Patriots have now had success spread across multiple decades means there’s a generational culture of accountability where current players feel the need to hit the bar set by their predecessors. It’s created a unique bond between current and former Patriots’ players.
1. I’ve been talking to many ex-Patriots over the last year-plus, and one of the more impressive things that has sprung up around Foxborough over the last few years is a generational culture of accountability that has started to take root.
In Foxborough, there’s always been a nod to the past — current receivers have talked about coaches showing them film of past Patriots like Randy Moss, for example. And there’s always been an active group of former players united by the New England Patriots Alumni Club. But in this case, what I’m talking about is more of an organic element, one that’s been fueled by former players who remind current players that when you