|Jim Harbaugh: Tom Brady is ‘greatest football player to ever play’||02.02.17 at 10:27 am ET|
HOUSTON — Jim Harbaugh leaves no doubt where he stands on Tom Brady.
The fellow Michigan alum made his feelings clear about the Patriots’ quarterback on Wednesday, when he called Brady “the greatest football player to ever play” at a National Signing Day event in Michigan.
“Tom Brady is the greatest football player to ever play,” Harbaugh said. “When you can play that good, that consistently great year after year after year, game after game after game, nobody’s ever done it. Nobody’s ever done it like Tom Brady has. He’s the best of all-time.”
The two have developed a friendship, likely based on the fact that they share an alma mater. But Harbaugh really went all-in on his feelings for Brady this week, saying he doesn’t get the “credit” he deserves.
“Unbelievable, I don’t think he gets the credit due to him,” Harbaugh told reporters on Wednesday when asked about Brady. “He’s not getting that. That’s his due. He doesn’t quite get it the way he should. I’m looking forward to watching him play [Sunday].”
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|Tom Brady will serve as honorary captain for Michigan-Colorado game in September||08.31.16 at 1:13 pm ET|
Well, we know what Tom Brady is going to do for at least a small part of his suspension.
Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh told “The Rich Eisen Show” Wednesday that Brady will be the honorary captain for the Wolverines’ Week 3 game against Colorado, set for Sept. 17 at The Big House in Ann Arbor.
Brady said Tuesday he was still unsure as to what he was going to be doing during his upcoming four-game suspension.
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|Tom Brady backing idea of Jim Harbaugh as new Michigan coach||12.29.14 at 3:48 pm ET|
In the wake of his interview with WEEI Monday morning where he expressed excitement about the possibility of Jim Harbaugh becoming the new head coach at his alma mater, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took to Facebook Monday afternoon to apparently give Harbaugh another boost.
It’s officially Black Monday in the NFL with a number of coaches and general managers already being let go — less than 24 hours after the regular-season ended.
— It all began Sunday night when Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers mutually parted ways. Harbaugh had one year remaining on his five-year, $25 million contract. He ends his tenure in San Fransisco with a 49-22-1 record, including a Super Bowl appearance in the 2012 season.
In a move that has been talked about for weeks now, it seems almost a certainty that Harbaugh will be the next coach at the University of Michigan. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the school plans to announce the hire on Tuesday.
Ryan lasted six seasons in New York, going 50-52 (including the postseason). The Jets rallied around him Sunday in their win in South Florida against the Dolphins.
“After extensive thought and reflection about the current state of our football team, this morning I informed Rex Ryan and John Idzik that they will not be returning for the 2015 season,” owner Woody Johnson said in a statement. “Both Rex and John made significant contributions to the team, and they have my appreciation and gratitude for their efforts and commitment. Over the years, Rex brought the Jets a bold confidence and a couple of great postseason runs, which all of us will remember.”
|Tom Brady on D&C: ‘We’ve just got to play better’||at 7:08 am ET|
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, following Sunday’s 17-9 loss to the Bills, and talked about his approach to the regular-season finale and the playoffs. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Brady played the first half of Sunday’s meaningless game as the Patriots rested a bunch of players in preparation for the playoffs.
“It was nice to see the other guys get an opportunity to play. They’ve been working hard all season,” Brady told guest hosts Greg Dickerson, Steve DeOssie and Andy Hart. “We really afforded the opportunity to do that based on the previous 15 games. Obviously our playoff position wasn’t going to change, so I thought it was great to see a lot of other guys try to step in and make some plays, and a lot of guys made a lot of good plays. So that was good to see.”
Brady is known for his eagerness to play every snap of every game. His attitude did not change Sunday, even though the offense was missing some key players.
“I was going to play the whole game if he’d let me. I love being out there no matter what,” Brady said. “A lot of guys didn’t play, a lot of guys were dealing with a few nicks. It was good for those guys to get some rest so hopefully they’re at full speed here in two weeks. These things, it all happens pretty quick now. All the records, those are gone. The teams that play the best advance. Hopefully we’re at the best, most healthiest we can possibly be here in two weeks, and then we’ve got to go out there and we’ve got to let it rip and try to go out and have a great day of execution and see where we’re at.
“But I’m excited. I’m excited for this time of year. It’s a great opportunity for us.”
Brady said it never entered his mind to not play at all in Sunday’s game.
“No, it didn’t. No, not at all,” he said. “Look, I love playing football. So the more opportunity I can have to do it, the better it is for me. I love being out there. I wish we would have gone out there and scored touchdowns every time we had the ball, but we just didn’t execute well enough to be able to do that.”
The Patriots have started slow the past couple of games, and Brady said that’s something they’ll look to avoid in the playoffs.
“We’ve just got to play better. I think it’s just everybody executing at a high level. It’s no real magic ingredient or anything like that. I think it’s us players making the plays that it takes to move the ball down the field to score points. We’ve done it at times this year. We’re going to need to do it in obviously this next game. And if we don’t start fast then we’ve got to come from behind and finish strong. Whatever it takes to win these games — special teams, defense, offense — it doesn’t matter. You’ve just got to advance.
“We’re going to try to do the best we can to start fast, we’re going to try to play our best for 60 minutes, and whatever it takes, whatever mental toughness we need to come through to win the game, that’s what we’re going to have to do.”
|Tom Brady on D&C: Jets ‘certainly played their best’ Sunday||12.22.14 at 7:40 am ET|
Coming off an ugly 17-16 victory over the Jets that clinched a first-round playoff bye, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning and talked about why the Pats have so much trouble vs. their division rivals. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Brady was 23-of-35 for 182 yards with one touchdown, one interception and four sacks in Sunday’s game as the Patriots struggled to turn away the 3-12 Jets. Afterward, New York coach Rex Ryan said his teams give Brady and the Patriots “the biggest challenge.”
“I think the last four games we’ve played against them we haven’t played very well, and they’ve all kind of come down to the last possession,” Brady said. “It’s frustrating to be in those situations where we’re just not playing to the way we’re capable. But it’s hard to win in the NFL and it’s hard to win on the road against a good division rival.
“It was a great win for our team. I thought our defense really made some huge plays. We made a couple plays there in the second half to help us win. I would loved to have played a lot better in the first half and put a lot of pressure on those guys. But they did a good job kind of keeping us off balance and ended up making it a pretty tough game.”
Asked what the Jets do to give the Patriots trouble, Brady pointed to a number of factors.
“They’ve got a good team,” he said. “They’ve got a good defensive front. They put pressure on the quarterback. They’ve got good guys in the middle of the defense that get things coordinated. They’ve got a good scheme and they keep you off balance. They give you a lot of looks, and we know them really well. They’ve been in a lot of close games with us, so they have a lot of confidence they can play us well. And certainly after the first half, us being down 10-7, they feel like they’re in the game and they’ve got a great chance to win.
“I know their record was what it was, but they certainly played their best yesterday. When you watch them play the Bills and get beat by 38 points, I don’t really think we played the same team. Like I said, we kind of sputtered early and gave them a lot of confidence, and that’s never a great thing to do. But like I said, I’m glad we made some pretty key plays there in the fourth quarter.”
|Greg Doyel on D&C: Bill Belichick ‘shows no loyalty to anybody’||03.19.13 at 10:39 am ET|
CBSSports.com writer Greg Doyel talked with Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday to discuss his recent column about Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, in which he suggests Belichick is overrated and Brady deserves the credit for the team’s success.
“[Belichick is] walking across that tightrope every single year, thinking, ‘Look how brave I am on this tightrope, I’m going to get from here to there,’ and there’s a huge safety net three feet below him named Tom Brady, only he doesn’t even seem to get it. … He’s got the greatest quarterback of this generation and has had him for 10 or 12 years,” Doyel said. “Up and down in the NFL, history shows, great quarterbacks win, period. Great quarterbacks do not lose, they do win, and my feeling is the coach pretty much gets too much credit.
“The way he jettisons everybody, the way he shows no loyalty to anybody, the list of Patriots he’s just cut loose or franchised and chased them out of town or whatever. From [Wes] Welker, all the way back to Asante Samuel before, the arrogance of that suggests to me that he’s arrogant not because he knows Tom Brady lets him get away with it. He’s arrogant because he thinks he gets away with it.”
Doyel also discussed the comparisons between Brady in 2001, when he won his first Super Bowl, and Brady today.
“Clearly the Brady that evolved after 2001 was better than that one because players do get better, and the [Matt] Cassel thing is a feather in Belichick’s cap,” Doyel said, adding: “But about 2008, I think the Patriots had superior talent on both sides of the ball, but on defense, too, in large part because players go where Brady is. But in 2001, yeah, Brady wasn’t the Brady he is now, but he’s still Brady.”
While Doyel does believe that Belichick is a good coach, he does not classify him as “great.” Two coaches who he would put in that category are the Harbaugh brothers.
“Both Harbaughs are great,” Doyel said. “I think Jim Harbaugh, specifically Jim, even though he didn’t win the Super Bowl, Jim Harbaugh is the greatest football coach in the world.
“When I say that about Harbaugh, yeah it’s about what’s now, but it’s everywhere. It’s everywhere. He went to San Diego — not San Diego State, San Diego. Terrible program, and they won, and then when he left they kept winning because whatever does, he puts his culture of winning that continued after he was gone. He goes to Stanford, can’t win. They win there, they keep winning after he’s gone, the culture continues. San Francisco, too. There’s something about him that’s just really, really special.”
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