When someone gives you a lot of money to hire you, you say nice things about that company and the person who pulled the trigger.
When you haven't had one film session when someone's cussing you out, or an on-field practice where you can't run the right routes, you say nice things about your football surroundings.
So it wasn't a surprise on Monday when, as the Patriots showed off their first four additions to the team through press conferences, that they all had good things to say about ...
... playing for Bill Belichick,
... Cam Newton, the only experienced quarterback on the roster at this point,
... the history and success of the Patriots,
... their new teammates.
“They’re going to win again,” receiver Kendrick Bourne said. “That was just a one-year thing, I feel like, so I knew I wanted to be a part of the new era, whatever you want to call it. Just to be picked with a great group of guys by a great organization, it just shows me my potential.”
I sure hope the Patriots are going to win again soon — they've spent over $200 million of Robert Kraft's money (which let us know about in two separate national interviews) — to distance themselves from a 7-9 season as quickly as possible. And I certainly hope the players on the receiving end of money intend to forge a very quick rebuild in Foxborough.
It's easy to roll your eyes at some of this stuff — I'm sure some fans eat it up — but some of the meaningful stuff Bourne, Hunter Henry, Jalen Mills and Henry Anderson had to say actually went somewhat unsaid.