The New England Patriots have been a model of consistency for two decades under Bill Belichick, as they are positioned year after year to win Super Bowls. Wide receiver Julian Edelman and former assistant coach Joe Judge were able to slip a few rings on their fingers as a result of Belichick’s ability to keep this team under control.
However, New England was dealt another fresh batch of criticism as it pertains to that very same culture, with jaded ex-Pats (ha!) hinting that it’s a restrictive, overbearing environment. Judge felt the need to prove how that characterization is simply incorrect.
On “The Flying Coach” podcast with Peter Schrager and Sean McVay, Judge, now the head coach of the New York Giants, claims that when Edelman came off of a four-game suspension in 2018, he wrote “Winning is Fun” on a dry-erase board at the Patriots facility.
Per Judge, everyone knew Edelman wrote that, and it gave the team some added motivation. Classic Edelman.
Judge also hit back at claims that working for Belichick isn’t the most rewarding experience, claiming that the time he spent in New England was without a doubt the most fun he has ever had in football.
Listening to Judge, he sounds like the furthest thing from someone who was beaten down by the way things are in New England.
Julian Edelman and Joe Judge had plenty of fun with the Patriots.
These comments are almost assuredly in response to former Pats linebacker Cassius Marsh lashing out at the culture, claiming that players are treated “like crap” and parroting claims that any individuality and free expression gets sucked away.
One player that has also echoed the claims made by Marsh is Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson, who claimed that the Patriots are winning in spite of the fact that they don’t let their players have fun. Edelman and Judge appear to have totally squashed that narrative with quotes like these.
To be fair to anyone who wants to take shots at the culture, former Patriots Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch has stated that the way New England goes about their business may not be for everyone.
The common thread in all retorts to critics of the Patriots’ culture centers around winning, that all-powerful elixer that heals all.