Last night on Twitter, I had an interesting, and very civil Patriots discussion with among others, Albert Breer, ( @albertbreer ) Greg Bedard ( @GregABedard ) and Chris Gasper ( @cgasper).
The discussion started with talk about the Patriots cutting more disappointing draft picks. Breer claimed that he never bought into the hype about players like Brandon Tate and Darius Butler, and produced some past blog posts to back up his claim.
Talk then shifted to this “hype” that is allegedly created around certain Patriots players, and how he never buys into it. I inquired about where this hype comes from – the organization, or perhaps from media looking to get in good with the team. Breer really didn’t want to get into this and instead made this statement:
Naturally, with a statement like that, I really want more information. Some specifics. They weren’t forthcoming. Bedard noted to Breer that it was like he never left New England, and Breer replied:
Again, I really wanted more information on this, but Breer didn’t want to tell tales out of school, which I can understand to a degree. I did get a little chuckle when Bedard chimed in with:
But I’m still interested in how Breer (and others, apparently) feel that the Patriots “control” the media. I can see plainly how they control the message that goes out to the media, they do that better than any other organization, and I understand why they do it. What they give out in press conferences and releases is minimal at best.
But how do they control the media? Are they placing secret phone calls to “their people” in the media to hype or disparage certain players? Is Glenn Ordway given a list of specific talking points, telling him to declare Taylor Price as the next Jerry Rice?
Patriots cynics, here’s your chance, tell us how the team controls the media here in New England. Be specific. Give examples if you can. Tell us who is in the team’s pocket and why.
How do the Patriots control the media?