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Tom Brady doesn’t care much for technology, either: ‘I kind of know what I see’

10.19.16 at 1:32 pm ET

Tom Brady speaks Wednesday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/

FOXBORO — Tom Brady has even less use for technology during the game than Bill Belichick – at least when it comes to helping him play quarterback.

The Patriots coach explained Tuesday why he is doing away with using Surface tablets during games and just relying on hard copy pictures. Belichick said they’re just not reliable.

Brady said Wednesday that he won’t even look at pictures, relying on his photographic memory.

“I’ve never been too much of picture/tablet – I kind of know what I see,” Brady said. “I see out there and as soon as I come off the field, Josh [McDaniels] will say, ‘What was it?’ and I’ll say, ‘Oh, they did this and this guy dropped.’ I’ll peek at them from time to time with Josh. It’s great for the coaches because they have a different angle. It’s hard to see when you’re seeing from the sideline. When you’re out there playing, a lot of times I can come over and tell Josh, ‘This is what happened and here’s why we did that.’

“Maybe to verify some fronts and stuff like that to make sure of where guys are shaded and identification, because in our system, we always set the scheme of blocking on every play, so we just want to make sure we get it set the right way so that everyone can really be deployed the right way. That’s where the pictures probably help me.”

“I think just to rely on the experience that I’ve done before. Like I said, just the week of practice is very helpful. This week has to be a big week for us because every week it changes. You win the game, you go home and celebrate, and then at some point you shift focus to the next week and you’ve just got to put the same process in in order to try to get the same results. You have to start fresh every week.

“I think the practice reps are really important for me. I love to be out there practicing, seeing what I’m going to get so I can really anticipate and go out there and play with confidence. There’s nothing good that happens when the ball is my hands. I’ve got to get the ball to somebody that can actually do something with it, so that’s part of it for me is identifying who should get it, how quickly they should get it, and then getting the ball out of my hands and into the hands of the receivers or the running backs so they can actually make some yards.”

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