NBC Sports Boston Insiders Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry talk about the New England Patriots and the NFL.
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On this week's episode of Quick Slants the Podcast, Jerod Mayo joins Phil Perry and Tom Curran and the guys are talking a lot about the culture within the Patriots organization and the effect it can have on players. Later, Tom is joined by Mike Florio from ProFootballTalk.com and the two discuss the NFL's new National Anthem policy as well as the potential for more dysfunction in New England this season.
1:00 - The guys reflect on the recent Memorial Day Weekend and discuss their favorite books on war, which leads to a fairly deep discussion about purpose.
4:54 - Phil moves the Memorial Day discussion towards the Patriots and asks Jerod about how Bill Belichick brings military appreciation lessons to the team.
7:28 - With Cassius Marsh coming out and saying he didn't have any fun as a member of the Patriots, Tom brings up Belichick's style and the discipline he instills in his players: "You sometimes have to crawl through a lot of adversity in this program to get where they want you to."
12:09 - Phil recalls Marsh's short time in New England, which included a small blow up in the locker room.
14:36 - Jerod gets into Belichick's motivational tactics, which usually consisted of telling his team what opposing players were saying about them.
16:22 - Tom brings up the flaws in Marsh's game and Jerod talks about how Patriots captains should step in when a player is struggling to adjust to the organization.
19:29 - Jerod recalls a pregame speech Belichick gave in which he individually told each player his flaws to motivate them. He wonders if today's generation of players would be more sensitive to that type of motivation.
23:45 - Phil: "Are we just, as a culture, at the point where Bill's style will not resonate with enough guys?"
26:46 - Mike Florio joins Tom to discuss the league's decision-making process for its new National Anthem policy as well as how things will shake out in New England this season.