Back in early September, we here at Goliath predicted that, despite the offseason distraction of Deflategate, the New England Patriots would have a great 2015 campaign and end up back in the Super Bowl come February. Now, nearly half way through the regular season, this prediction looks exactly right. The Patriots are undefeated at 6-0 and outpacing their own 2007 campaign when they went 18-0 on their way to an appearance in Super Bowl 42. Tom Brady, despite being publicly dragged through the mud by the league in the offseason, has never looked better, and the whole team looks to be on a mission. Of course, this is nothing new for the Patriots. No matter what seems to happen with this team, they always find a way to continue winning and succeeding on the field. So what is the secret to the team’s success? Here are 10 things the Patriots do that other NFL teams don’t, helping them stand out so greatly amongst their opponents.
10. They Rehabilitate Washed Up Players
The Patriots new star running back Dion Lewis didn’t play in the NFL last season. He couldn’t find a team that was willing to take a chance on him. After all, the frequently injured Lewis, who is tiny at only 5’8″ and 195 pounds, had bounced around the league. Taken in the fifth round of the 2011 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, Lewis also made brief stops with the Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns before sitting out the 2014 season because he didn’t have a team. Now in New England, the Patriots are doing what they always do — making a star out of a player that no other team saw potential in. This story has been repeated many times during the Bill Belichick era in New England. When slot receiver Wes Welker joined the team in 2007, he was an undrafted player who had washed out with the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins before the Patriots made him a Pro Bowl caliber player. Even Tom Brady was a sixth round draft choice that no other team paid any attention to when Belichick decided to take a chance on him.