First of all, I would just like to post that I only discovered MHR about a year ago and this past Wednesday was the first time that I caught Guru's Podcast. I am from the Broncos' brethern over at ESPN and that is where I regularly post and since Guru does not do a whole lot, if any advertising over there, I really never got the hint of this site and just used it for news and very good insite. I have been thinking about a few of the things that Guru said on the podcast and wanted to put down a view point that I based off of it:
So, I have seen alot of posts on various sights about the "Denver Way" this, the "Patriot Way" that and so on. I can only reference back to around 76', which is the year I started watching football and even then, I was only 5. From hearing the old timers speak, prior to 76', the Denver Way was the losing way. In 77' till about 83', the Denver Way was the Defensive Way. Around 84' or so, the Denver Way became the Reeves Way for 3 quarters and the Elway Way for a quarter. In 93' and 94', well, let's not discuss those two years, especially since 94 was the year I got to San Diego and in such, where my distaste for Chargers' Football started stemming from. Then in 95' we got the Shanahan Way which was largely influenced from the 49er Way. My point? Which one of these way's is the Denver Way, I am kinda confused?
So, now lets talk about the Patriot Way. From what I am understanding about the Patriot Way of football is it is built around a "team concept" and no player is above the team. Funny thing is and I may be wrong, but isn't football the ultimate team sport? Am I missing something? What is wrong with the concept that even the biggest stars on the team are going to be called out if their head happens to slip up their behind? Billy Hoodie Boy aside, what is wrong with it? Is it not very close to the Steeler Way? Yes, I acknowledge the fact that the Steelers and Patriots have different concepts fundamentally, but they both emphasive one point, the team. Its about the team and not about the individual, its about holding everyone accountable, its about reloading and getting the new individuals who come into the team, and its about winning as a team.
Once you get enough people believing they are a team a really funny thing starts happening, they become a team. They start doing things as a team, the play as a team, and they lose or win as a team, they become we instead of I, which is something I believe has been missing from the Denver Way.