Nate Solder defends Patriots' atmosphere: "The fun is playing well"
Kyle Terada / USA Today Sports
It's hard to remember a time when there's been as much offseason drama surrounding the Patriots as there is this year. Patriot Place is typically a vacuum-sealed zone when it comes to media coverage and juicy storylines--but recently, the Pats have dominated the headlines, taking flak from players like Cassius Marsh, Lane Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Brandon Brooks, and others for the perceived lack of a "fun atmosphere" in the building.
In response, former and current Patriots like Tedy Bruschi, Devin McCourty, Dont'a Hightower, and Martellus Bennett have asserted just how fun playing for the Pats can be. Now, former New England offensive tackle Nate Solder has jumped into the fray:
Speaking with NJ.com, Solder said that "it's not fun to lose games...the fun is playing well."
"I never had an issue with that. I feel like you should always push people to be the best that they can, and the fun comes in the level at which you're playing...They have high standards in what they demand out of people. I never had any issues with the way they pushed us and the standards they had for us at all."
Solder's assertion that losing is never fun is something many Patriots critics might do well to think about a bit. While the Eagles may lob shots at the Pats thanks to their Super Bowl LII triumph, the fact remains that New England is still the NFL's gold standard for winning games, both in the regular season and the playoffs. Until Philadelphia, or any other team, can post a winning record for over 18 straight seasons, it might be time to pump the brakes on the "no fun Patriots" talk.