Mark Schlereth Identifies "Most Impressive" Aspect Of Patriots' Run

Sharing quotes and anecdotes from Marvin Harrison and Danny Amendola, Mark Schlereth put the Patriots' success in perspective

Taz and the Moose
January 25, 2019 - 11:45 am

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Tom Brady will play in his ninth Super Bowl on Feb. 3. That is a historic level of success never before seen in the NFL.

The question, then, is how? How are the Patriots in this game – or a game away from this game – seemingly every year?
 
“The most impressive thing to me is they’re not sated by success,” NFL on Fox analyst Mark Schlereth said on Taz & The Moose. “The majority of us, we have some success and we’re so busy patting ourselves on the back for what we did. They are completely driven. It’s not enough. It’s not good enough. That’s the thing that shocks me about the organization. To win one or two, I get it. But to continue to be that driven and to continue to have that kind of chip on your shoulder, that preparation chip?

“I think it was Marvin Harrison (who) said, ‘I’d play for free. They pay me to practice,’” Schlereth continued. “That’s a great point. All of us would line up and play. All of us would go out and play on Sundays. It’s your ability to continue to grind week in, week out, day in, day out, and the preparation to get you to game day, that you don’t lose that desire to prep.”

Earlier this season, Schlereth asked Danny Amendola, who played for the Patriots from 2013-17, what he learned from Tom Brady about preparation.

Amendola’s response? After wins, the Patriots would get on the team bus, ready to celebrate. Only Brady would be sitting with his iPad already dissecting the most recent film of the next opponent.

“It’s a lifestyle,” Schlereth said. “To them, that’s what they do. That’s the most impressive thing to me about this run.”