Former Miami Dolphins WR Chris Hogan: ‘You immediately buy into… Bill (Belichick)’

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 30:  Chris Hogan #15 of the New England Patriots is interviewed during Super Bowl 51 Opening Night at Minute Maid Park on January 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Chris Hogan of the New England Patriots is interviewed during Super Bowl 51 Opening Night at Minute Maid Park  in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chris Hogan will participate in the Super Bowl in his first season with the New England Patriots.

Because, of course.

When Hogan nearly made the Dolphins roster after a strong training camp in 2012, Joe Philbin was his coach.

When Hogan began to refine skills as an NFL wide receiver, his Buffalo Bills coaches were Doug Marrone and Rex Ryan.

One of the comments Hogan made Monday night in a press availability in Houston really stood out.

Hogan was asked what is different about New England coach Bill Belichick.

“When you walk inside that building, you immediately buy into what that organization and what Bill is teaching us,” Hogan said. “Coach Belichick is ‘Do your job,’ and everyone buys into that and into those words. They’re willing to go out there and do whatever is asked of us to win football games.”

You immediately buy into… what Bill is teaching us.

Because the Dolphins made the NFL Playoffs and won 10 regular-season games, first-year coach Adam Gase is off to a fast start in fostering the perception that Miami’s building in Davie can be a similar place.

Could a similar mystique one day be held about the Dolphins organization?

Surely that’s what Gase dreams about.

Gase wants Miami to be a place where, due to success and reputation, players walk in the building and immediately buy into what the organization and the coaches are teaching.

After the season, I asked Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum how large the gap between Miami and New England was.

Tannebaum basically said the organization is more interested in evaluating what it needs to do and less interested in how that compares to other teams in the division.

But there are clear reasons the Patriots have been in seven Super Bowls since 2001 (winning in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2014). Yes, there are many reasons, including outstanding player evaluation (they identified Hogan’s potential and worth more deftly than the Dolphins and Bills, who let him go) and outstanding coaching.

But one of the greatest reasons is a winning culture and a consistent organizational approach.

At the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, general manager Chris Grier mentioned the Patriots when asked about why the team promoted from within for its defensive coordinator opening.

“So we don’t want to change a whole lot, we’re trying to do where there will be continuity,” Grier said. “That’s the one good thing organizations like the Patriots and stuff that have won, is that you’re not always changing every time someone leaves. We’re trying to have it where if a guy leaves, we can keep going and we can keep building.”

Gase, Grier and Tannenbaum have all acknowledged the 2016 season was just the first step in what they believe will be a process that results in championship contention.

All three can only hope that in the near future, and then for years to come, players who join the organization make comments similar to the one Hogan made about New England this week.

At the Super Bowl.

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