|Tom Brady on his latest commercial appeal, Josh McDaniels and getting over Super Bowl blues||05.31.12 at 4:26 pm ET|
FOXBORO — After getting past the obligatory questions about his latest commercial appeal, shooting a highly-amusing spot for Under Armour gear, Tom Brady was ready to get down to business Thursday and talk about getting back on the field again with Josh McDaniels for a full spring and summer of preparation for the 2012 season.
Brady stars in the “Funny or Die” spot selling Under Armour.
“You guys probably see that all the time from me out there on the field; I know my teammates certainly do,” Brady said. “It was fun. You get asked to do different things at different times and it was a nice part of the offseason that I’ll remember. I’m glad it turned out well. You never know how they’re going to turn out. A lot of my teammates liked it so I know we did a decent job.”
Brady joked about knocking over his own standee.
“Yeah, I know. Like I said, I was laughing the whole day and then they were like, ‘No, you have to get angry.’ So I said, ‘OK, let me get the angry part down.’ It was fun. Hopefully a lot of people watch it and go out and buy some Under Armour shoes.
“It was pretty much me being me. The guys, my teammates see me angry all the time. It was pretty easy to get riled up. That part of the acting is pretty easy. If you have to do something you’re not really used to doing, that’s the hard part. But that was pretty easy for me.”
Easy could also describe his life with Josh McDaniels from 2004-08 when the two were setting passing record after passing record with the Patriots. Has life with McDaniels — the former and current Patriots offensive coordinator — changed since the two were last together in 2008?
‘Yeah, it’s been a lot of fun. [Billy O’Brien] was great,” Brady said after Thursday’s practice. “He’s a great coach, I certainly miss him. At the same time, it’s nice to have familiarity with Josh kind of stepping into that role. I really enjoy him. We’ve had a great working relationship for a very long time. It’s good to see him out there and work together. It’s been a fun spring.
“There’s always getting up to speed when certain things have changed — what he’s done the last three or four years and certainly things we’ve changed. But his competitiveness is still there, his willingness to do whatever it takes to win is still there and he loves football. I think that’s why we get along so well.”
McDaniels was the head coach in Denver in 2009 and a small portion of 2010 before being fired. He was the offensive coordinator for quarterback Sam Bradford in St. Louis last season before leaving to join the Patriots for their playoff run to the Super Bowl. Has his head coaching experience given him anything different?
“It’s hard to say, it’s still so early,” Brady said. “I really enjoyed working with him in the past. I really hope that that continues. He obviously has more experience. Hopefully that serves us all well. I have a little bit more experience as well.”
Brady said getting on the field for OTAs like Thursday is part of the learning and healing process after losing Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.
“That’s part of the offseason, and it’s part of learning as a player,” Brady said. “Hopefully, you get a chance to be in that position again. At this point, we try to move on and you try to look forward to what this season is going to be about. It’s a different group of players, different coaches, a little different system. You’re trying to put together a team here that can go out and compete every single week. You don’t look back too much on the past and say, ‘What if? What if?’ You’d drive yourself crazy. At some point you have to put it in the past and move on.”
Brady will be working with a new left tackle in 2012 for the first time in his career after Matt Light retired this spring. Brady acknowledged Thursday after practice at Patriots organized team activity that he tried to talk Light out of retirement but to no avail.
“Matt was an incredible player for this team and organization,” Brady said. “It’s sad when you see a guy move on to other parts of their life. Some go to other teams, some retire. Matt chose to retire. That was a big decision in his life. I said before, I tried to talk him out of it, but there was no budging. Matt’s pretty stubborn. It made him a good player, but I certainly wasn’t talking him out of it.”
Brady said he still takes heat in practice from teammates when he makes a mistake, including receivers like Wes Welker.
“Probably Wes,” Brady said. “Wes gives it to me pretty good. All the guys that are comfortable with me know that they can do it. There are some guys who probably aren’t as comfortable yet, but once they get used to it they have no problem. Guys like Matt Light. That’s why I miss a guy like Matt, because Matt always told me how it was. Coach Belichick never is afraid to let me know what he thinks of what I’m doing. I appreciate that. That’s really what I need.”
Brady also said he’s still sad over the suicide of Pro Bowl linebacker, former teammate and close friend Junior Seau.
“Probably disbelief,” Brady said when asked about his initial reaction to hearing the news of Seau’s suicide. “I was hoping it wasn’t true but it was just very unfortunate. Everyone had so much respect for him by the way he approached the game, by the way he approached life. He was a very good friend of mine. It was a very sad day, and I’m sure it’s sad still for his family and for all of his friends who loved him so much. He’s certainly missed.”
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