Julian Edelman noted how close the 2016 Patriots were off the field. (Dan Powers/USA Today Sports)
Julian Edelman has been a member of the Patriots for eight seasons, so he knows what it is like to play in New England.
He’s won two Super Bowls and he was quick to point out the biggest thing that was similar between the two teams was how close the teams were off the field.
Edelman discussed the importance of team chemistry on Tuesday night’s “NFL Total Access” on the NFL Network.
“I’ve been on the Patriots now for a little awhile,” he said. “Eight years, so it’s always interesting to see a team’s chemistry. The two best team chemistries that I was involved with, we just so happened to win Super Bowls. When it comes down to it, our coaches and our GMs and all our personnel people, they do a great job of bringing in good guys in the locker room. I mean, all our guys can get along with each other. All our guys can hang out and it’s pretty much like that in the locker room. There is no beef. I have been on teams earlier in my career where there were teams earlier in my career where there was a guy here when I was a rookie who was you didn’t really go down that ally in the locker room. … It’s not really like that anymore.
“Another thing that I want to say about the team chemistry, there’s an accountability factor that both sides of the ball have for each other. Each day in practice, and we practice hard, there’s fights. There’s some talking going on and all that. All the time. If I look at the guy across from me and I know he isn’t giving it his best, which he always is giving his best, he’s going to make me better. When he makes me better, when I am giving it my best, it is going to make him better.”
Edelman said he learned from the players who played before him and now he hopes the younger players can learn from him.
“When I was a rookie I came in and I saw Tedy Bruschi, Kevin Faulk, David Patten, Deion Branch, I see all these guys who have won Super Bowls and played in big-time games and come into work and are professional,” Edelman said. “A lot of these guys don’t understand, I don’t know how it is done in other places, but there is a difference between in coming into work just to work and there is a difference between a guy who comes in and is a professional.”