Brady: Pats are ‘brainwashed’ by Belichick approach

We all love to have fun with the Patriots and their, hmmmmmmm, let’s call it, austere approach to professional football. During this time of endless dominance by the organization, poking fun at New England’s rigid culture is one of the few things a fan of a Patriots competitor has to hold on.

It can feel that the price of signing with the NFL’s most successful franchise is the forfeiture of some element of your agency. This is far from a perfect takedown of the organization — it does employ a guy named Gronk, after all — but there’s undoubtedly a code to adhere to under Bill Belichick’s watch. We know this as the Patriot Way.

On Monday, less than 12 hours after the Patriots clinched their seventh Super Bowl trip since Belichick took the helm, Tom Brady discussed an overriding organization philosophy that gives a bit more insight into how the Pats operate.

“I would say in general on our team we have a sign on our wall that says, ‘Doing the right thing for the team when it might not be the right thing for you.’ That’s…