Before the New England Patriots won what would be the second of three Super Bowl titles in a four-season span, then-player personnel director Scott Pioli shed some light on how the franchise assembled its roster.
"The things that people refer to as intangibles we do not see as intangible at all," Pioli told the media prior to New England's 32-29 victory over Carolina in Super Bowl XXXVIII, back in 2004.
"A player's makeup, his character, integrity, leadership -- all those things are very tangible. And they have a say in how we try to build our football team."
Such a philosophy became known as the Patriot Way.
Almost a decade later, the Patriots have lost their way.
The latest reason to question some of the personnel decisions made in recent years by head coach Bill Belichick: Tight end Aaron Hernandez's potential involvement in a recent Massachusetts homicide case.
Not that Belichick or the Patriots need apologize for one of the most impressive stretches in NFL history. The re...