He has noticed an attitude transformation over the years and believes he and other veterans can pass the winning attitude down to younger players and newcomers.
"You can build a winning organization by putting winners into your program," Brown said. "Attitude is passed on from player to player and we have a lot of guys that have been on championship teams. If we can pass that attitude on to players who come through here, you can build on that. I'm a firm believer in that."
It's the way the 49ers of the 1980s and early '90s always seemed to operate. It was as if newcomers came in and immediately followed the likes of Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Ronnie Lott knowing those veterans knew how to win. They were part of a proven system and there was pride in sustaining it. That same mentality is creeping into New England following the team's second Super Bowl title in three years.
"You started to see things change when Robert Kraft bought the team (in 1994), but look at Bill Belichick and this coaching staff. We've shuffled some guys in and out and Bill continues to put good guys in there to coach these positions. He moved them around and puts them in he best position and they pass all the knowledge they can on to us.
"You wouldn't believe the attention to detail this coaching staff pays. You can't imagine some of the things we go over, and going into a game, we know every situation before it happens. When things come up we know what to do and don't have to go to the sideline to draw it up. That attention to detail is something that has changed over the years."
The winning attitude that exists is a direct result of the importance Belichick places on character, and now that his system and his way of doing things have been validated with two titles, it's easy to convince players to buy into the program.
"Bill is a tough, hard-nosed coach and has done a good job putting his stamp on this team," Brown said. "He knows how to get results and he's done it with his staff and players. With a good coach, you play to his personality and he doesn't put up with a lot of nonsense or ugly football. He's done a good job eliminating that stuff."
With his winning program in place and a number of veterans remaining to deliver his message, the younger players step into the program already knowing it works and simply come aboard looking to climb on the train. The pre-existing success prevents rookies from arrogantly arriving with a delusion that they will be some sort of savior, but instead looking only to be part of the winning.
NOTES, QUOTES, ANECDOTES
--DL Vince Wilfork, the Patriots first round pick out of Miami, signed his contract with the team in mid-July ensuring he would be in training camp on time. His six-year deal could be worth as much as $18.05 million. He received a $3 million signing bonus and base salaries of $325,000 for 2004, $810,000 for 2005, $940,000 for 2006, $1.1 million for 2007, $700,000 for 2008 and $800,000 for 2009. He also will receiver a $325,000 roster bonus this season plus a $2.5 million option bonus next year that, if exercised, would decrease the base salaries from 2005-2007. His salaries for 2005 and 2006 are guaranteed. Wilfork was the third Patriots pick to sign. Second rounder Marquise Hill and fourth rounder Dexter Reid already signed. The team's other first rounder, Benjamin Watson, was unsigned as camp neared and is represented by IMG's Tom Condon and Ken Kremer.
--DT Keith Traylor never played nose tackle in a 3-4, but he replaces Ted Washington, who is one of the best to man the position. Don't ask Traylor to compare himself to his former teammate with the Bears. "I don't think there is any comparison," Traylor said. "He's Ted Washington and I'm Keith Traylor and you get to comparing what he's done to what I've done and I don't think there is any comparison at all. He's a great 3-4 nose guard and I'm just learning the position. He's given me some tips and I'm learning, but I'd rather not let you guys know that. It's personal between he and I."
QUOTE TO NOTE:
"I want to play more and get more involved. I feel better lining up now than I have and I can't wait to get out there and get started." - defensive lineman Jarvis Green on the start of training camp and the approaching season