|Tom Brady on D&C: ‘No better coaching a player can have’||11.01.10 at 7:32 am ET|
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning as part of WEEI’s Patriots Monday. Check this blog later in the morning for a transcripts of the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
With the Patriots beating the Vikings on Sunday to improve to 6-1, Brady said he likes how this team has shown it can win in a variety of ways.
“I think we’ve won in different ways. I think that’s what I’m probably happy about,” he said. “We’ve been down in the fourth quarter, we’ve protected leads, we won on the road, we won on a Monday night game in Miami, which has always been tough to do. … We’re such a long way from where we need to be, though. I’ll say that. I don’t think anybody on our team goes in there and thinks we’ve got all the answers.”
Vikings receiver Randy Moss was highly complimentary of Bill Belichick and the Patriots after the game. Brady said he understands why Belichick has that affect on players. “Every coach has his own style,” Brady said. “Our coach, we know his style. You guys know his style. How he is with the media is, to a certain degree, the way he is with the players. He’s never too up, he’s never too down. He never really lets anything get in the way of what we’re trying to accomplish. And there’s a lot to be said for that.
“I like to think we have a pretty tough, smart team, and that’s what he’s been trying to build. I think a lot of guys have taken his coaching, and I think that’s been a very fun part to this season for the players. What he comes in and says is usually the way it plays out in the game. There’s no better coaching a player can have than a coach who goes in there on Wednesday and tells you the way the game’s going to go, and that’s how it happens on Sunday.”
Added Brady: “If you love playing football and you love competing, you love playing for the New England Patriots. I don’t know what it’s like in other places, I’ve never been to other places. I just know how much I enjoy it, and that’s because when we show up to work every day, it’s all about football. It has nothing to do with trying to say the right thing to the media. It has nothing to do with — talk is very cheap. It’s about going out and earning it. And I think that’s why the guys really appreciate being on the team. You’re going to have an opportunity. When you get your opportunity, you’d better be ready to take advantage.”
Brady was asked if he missed Moss. “Yeah, I certainly do,” the quarterback replied. “He’s a very unique player, a very good friend of mine. We’ve shared a lot of very personal conversations together about things that are happening in our life, and that doesn’t go away once he’s on another team. I’m always rooting for him, hoping he does really well. It just happened this year that he moved on. It’s just the way this league works now.”
On the hit that cracked Brett Favre‘s chin and knocked him out of the game, Brady said: “It was a good hit on him. Those things happen in the game. I’m glad it wasn’t more severe. That looked pretty nasty, from my view.”
Brady said the comments from Vikings coach Brad Childress about Patriots signal-stealing in years past had no effect on the team’s preparation. Said Brady: “We didn’t even talk about it, to tell you the truth. … Three-quarters of the team wasn’t even here when all that went down. That didn’t bother us at all.”
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