By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
As the Patriots look to climb out of what is a historic hole in the Bill Belichick era, focus turns to the team’s leadership. Captain David Andrews joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand on Wednesday, and discussed what steps the team can take to get back on track.
Echoing something follow captain Matthew Slater said on Tuesday, Andrews stated that the Patriots issues begin with their mental approach, instead of physical. He cited effort and attitude as areas the team needs to turn around.
“You know, those are two things you can control and you go out there and kind of lay an egg,” he said of Sunday’s performance. “You’ve got to take a look in the mirror and look at it internally. There’s obviously a lot of things we can do better, but that’s something we’d definitely start with.”
In a similar tone to what many players said after the game on Sunday, Andrews mentioned that not only does the team recognize what went wrong, but they’re eager to fix it. “As a player, the only thing that after a loss kind of stinks is sitting around for a couple days before you can kind of go out there and get the taste out of your mouth,” he said.
The team had to “sit around” for two days before returning to the practice field on Wednesday. “[We’ve] got to go out there this week and start this week, off right today,” Andrews said, emphasizing a day-by-day approach. “So best thing we can do today is go out there and have a damn good practice and start the week off right.”
While while many are calling for the Patriots to “sell” at the deadline, or shift playing time towards younger players to “get an idea for the future,” Andrews isn’t ready to giver up on 2020.
“If that’s the case then that’s sad because we can still right this ship, right? You know what I mean? I mean, we’ve lost more games than four in a season and won a Super Bowl,” he pointed out, before putting it on himself and his fellow captains to instill a similar mindset in the rest of the roster.
“You can still right this ship. And I would hope – as leaders and captains of this team, we have to make sure that’s the case and go out there today and have our best practice and then come back Thursday, do the same thing. And, lead by example in how you prepare and your effort, and that’s it.”
You can listen to Andrews’ full conversation with Zolak & Bertrand below:
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