Since the Bill Belichick era began, the Patriots have focused on one thing and one thing only: winning championships, and the main way to do that is by turning their attention to what happens on the field instead of off it.
The Patriots took chances on players with troubled pasts before, including Corey Dillon and Randy Moss, and Belichick was able to make them help the team. However, after the Aaron Hernandez murder investigation, Dan Shaughnessy thinks "The Patriot Way" needs to come to a close.
"It's become a joke, the Patriot Way," Shaughnessy said on "UNO Sports Tonight." "It's been ridiculed, it's being mocked."
While the front office loves the attention the team has on the field, the Patriot Way has been damaged after Hernandez has been charged with first-degree murder and five other gun charges in the murder of Odin Lloyd.
"I think [the Patriots] are wounded by this," Shaughnessy said. "The brand is important to them, important to ownership. I think it stops here and I think there's more standards applied moving forward."
Watch what else Shaughnessy said in the video.