In a recent survey from the NFLPA, the New England Patriots facilities drew massive criticism from players but one former member of the organization doesn’t know where the complaints are coming from.
Former Patriot Nat Ebner recently appeared on 98.5 The Sports Hub and didn’t understand why the organization was being criticized.
“I think it’s funny that we’ve come to a time where we’re taking surveys on how everybody feels about facilities,” Ebner said. “A weight’s a weight, man. You lift a weight, and you work hard — that’s what it’s all about. I think that’s crazy to be quite honest with you. But I was in New England for eight years, longer than most, and I can’t think of one complaint. … I don’t know, I don’t see it.”
Ebner continued saying that the fact that New England won Super Bowls shows that the facilities were just fine.
“For me, I thought it was great,” Ebner added. “They had everything I needed. From a physical standpoint to improve myself and my strength and my speed, great coaching. … The people in the building are what matters. The material stuff… like I said: A weight’s a weight. I had everything I needed. I think all the Super Bowls speak for the fact that we had what we needed to get it done. So, I don’t know. But I loved it there. The people treat you well. I can’t say enough about Mr. Kraft and Bill (Belichick), and just the whole organization.”
New England Patriots Players Believe the Facilities Need Updating
According to the first-of-its-kind survey by the NFLPA, Patriots players believe that the facilities in New England need to be updated.
“The player respondents’ feedback from our survey described the club’s facility as old, dated and in need of renovation,” New England’s portion of the survey read. “The staffing of the current facilities was also flagged as an issue in need of improvement, specifically in the weight room and training room. The player respondents’ indicated that facilities and operations at the Patriots can use a refresh. Given the results, it is understandable that only 64% of players believe club owner Robert Kraft is willing to spend the money necessary for upgrades, ranking him 26th in this category.”
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