|Tom Brady is closing in on a record held by Jason Campbell and Milt Plum||10.27.16 at 11:55 am ET|
Of all the marks that the Patriots passing game could set this season, maybe the most remarkable is the fact that they have yet to thrown an interception.
Through the first seven games Tom Brady (76-for-101 on pass attempts), Jimmy Garoppolo (42-for-60) and Jacoby Brissett (34-for-55) haven’t thrown a pick in 216 total pass attempts this year. It’s the best mark in the league to this point — every other team has thrown at least one interception this season — and has the New England passing game closing in on the record books, just two games away from tying the all-time mark to start a season.
In their four games without Brady, the Garoppolo/Brissett combo were as accurate as any quarterback in the league. Admittedly, they got away with a few bad throws, but overall, they were able to do a good job avoid turnovers. That led to Brady’s performance over the last three games, a stretch so impressive that he’s already forced his way into the MVP conversation. That has them at seven games without a pick, and going back to the end of the 2015 season (including the playoffs), it’s just two picks in the last 10 games.
Asked about the mark on Wednesday, Brady gave a sizable portion of the credit to his pass catchers.
“They’ve been very consistent and dependable all season,” said Brady. “It gives the quarterback a lot of comfort when you know that all the guys are on the same page, really, with the detail and nuances of the plays. We’re getting the right depths, finding the right spacing and sitting when we need to and making a lot of plays when we catch the ball.
“We’ve got to keep it up. There have only been seven games. There’s a lot of football left, but that’s been a strength of ours and we’re going to have to keep it going.”
Brady needs two more pick-free games to tie the all-time mark to start a season, and three to break it. It’s not an easy series of games that loom for the quarterback, however, as he’s set to face Buffalo, Seattle and San Francisco. The Bills are seventh in the league in interceptions with six, while Seattle and San Francisco are tied for 14th with five interceptions. In addition, both the Bills and Seahawks are in the top 10 in lowest opposing passer rating.
|Rex Ryan concedes Tom Brady isn’t going away anytime soon: ‘I don’t know if I’ve ever seen him better’||10.26.16 at 8:28 pm ET|
Turns out the media and fans aren’t the only ones who’ve been pretty amazed at what Tom Brady has done in his three games back from suspension.
Rex Ryan, the next coach who gets a chance to contain him on Sunday in Buffalo, thinks the Patriots quarterback could be playing the best football of his career.
To wit, Brady has completed 76 of 101 passes (75 percent), throwing eight touchdown passes without an interception while posting an astronomically high 132.6 quarterback rating in three games. Philip Rivers is next at 102.4 in his seven games.
“I mean it’s almost like, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen him better,” Ryan beamed during Wednesday’s conference call with reporters. “I mean he he’s played in the league for 17 years, 18 years, something like that. Obviously, he puts the work in and everything else and it’s just a real credit to him. Like, I keep thinking if I stay in this conference long enough, that maybe that dude will retire but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.”
Brady, himself, said just two hours before Ryan’s conference call that he’s feeling good at this stage of the season.
“I always feel pretty good, I really do,” Brady said. “It feels like I’m just kind of getting going in football season and it’s already the halfway point.”
What does Brady expect from Ryan on Sunday in Buffalo?
“I think he does a really good job of playing to the strengths of his players. I think that’s what he does really well as a coach,” Brady said. “I think there’s an element of what you prepare for, you may not get many of those things. We’ve played him sometimes when he’s been blitzing a lot, and he doesn’t blitz as much at all. Then he hasn’t been blitzing much at all and then he blitzes us at all. I think you just have to be prepared for everything, which is a bit of a challenge because there’s only so much time in the week that you have to prepare.
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Tom Brady is in his 17th NFL season and is showing no sign of slowing down, but being 39 years old, it’s not unreasonable to start talking about his post-football career.
The came up on his Wednesday conference call with the Buffalo media where the quarterback acknowledged coaching wouldn’t be for him.
“Coaching wouldn’t be for me. No, certainly not,” Brady said. “I like playing. I wouldn’t be a good coach. I don’t have the patience to be a coach.”
Despite being 39 years old, he’s off to one of the best starts of his entire career. In his three games this season he’s thrown for 1,004 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions.
“I think those are a product of those guys working as hard as they did and committing so much of their life to what their love was,” Brady said. “This is my love, too, and I’ve just been so fortunate to have so many people work with me over the years to help get me to this point in my career; coaches, just everyone part of this organization, people in my life that have supported me and helped me really allow me to do the thing that I love to do. It takes a lot of love and support. It takes a lot of friendships. It takes a lot of coaches and players that commit themselves to accomplishing long-term goals in this league for individuals.
“I’ve been playing for, I’m in my 17th year, and I’ve had so many people do that. I feel like I’m just the luckiest guy in the world.”
Brady was asked how long he could keep playing for, especially with how well he’s played so far this season, but the quarterback didn’t put an exact number to it.
“I’m having a lot of fun right now so it’s been nice just coming back and being a part of our team winning and it’s fun, so I don’t know why anyone would not choose to continue to do that if they had the opportunity,” Brady said. “Hopefully I can keep doing it. I try to take good care of myself. It’s a very challenging sport and it’s a very physical sport. That’s what I commit my life to so hopefully I can keep it going.”
FOXBORO — What will be on the Patriots mind as they enter Buffalo this Sunday? How much will revenge factor in and how big of a game is this going forward in the AFC East? WEEI’s Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hannable discuss the keys for Sunday from Foxboro.
|Patriots remain clear-cut favorites to win Super Bowl||at 1:39 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots and Tom Brady are above the rest of the NFL, at least according to Bovada.
New England currently is the clear-cut favorite to win the Super Bowl at 11/4 odds, which are better than its 3/1 odds last week. The next best odds are the Seahawks at 15/2. The Steelers are the closest AFC team and they are tied for fifth at 14/1 odds.
Additionally, Tom Brady is also the favorite to take home NFL MVP honors at 3/2 odds. Ezekiel Elliot is the next closest at 6/1 odds.
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|Tom Brady isn’t buying into Bills bully mentality: ‘You know us. We’ve never got into that stuff’||at 12:41 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Tom Brady isn’t about to give any bulletin board material to the Bills.
And the Patriots quarterback certainly isn’t going to promise retribution on Robert Blanton this Sunday in Western New York after the Bills safety shoved Jacoby Brissett before the Oct. 2 game at Gillette Stadium.
One reason for that is that Brady wasn’t in the building for the 16-0 Buffalo victory that day. The other is that the Patriots have never gotten into the game and now is not the time for Brady to start something new.
“Yeah, you know it’s more so what we do when the game kicks off as opposed to what happens before the game or during the week,” Brady said Wednesday. “You get into a bunch of trash talk. You know us. we’ve never got into that stuff because, in the end, it’s just a big waste of energy.”
Brissett was the starting quarterback that day in early October, completing 17 of 27 passes for 205 yards with a torn ligament in his right thumb. Martellus Bennett was the leading receiver that day with 109 yards but the offense couldn’t get it going after a holding call on the first play wiped out a 90-yard pitch-and-catch to Julian Edelman. With Brady back, the production should drastically change, and that’s what Brady is concentrating on.
“You focus on the things that you need to do to help the team, and that’s to play well and execute and spend your time on what’s going to happen from the point when the kicks off to when it ends, Brady said.
“That’s where our focus. That’s where it always will be. So, we’ll go in there. We’ll be focused and we’ll be ready to go and we’ll try to go out there and play a lot better than the last time we played them.”
And that’s where Brady’s best revenge will come on Robert Blanton.
|Tom Brady’s mom claims he’s fastest player on the field||at 11:59 am ET|
FOXBORO — In Tom Brady’s first three games this season, the quarterback has displayed increased mobility that he’s put more of an emphasis on with his game over the years.
Brady has ran nine times for 29 times in his three games this season.
While it may be small, it’s worth noting he’s averaged a rush more per game than he has in each of the last five seasons.
Every time he runs with the ball it’s typically turned into a good natured joke kidding about his lack of speed — but don’t tell that joke to Brady’s mom, Galynn.
“Don’t tell my mom that because she would totally disagree with that,” Brady said. “She thinks I am very fast. ‘I think you’re the fastest player on the field.’ I said mom, you’re crazy. No way. That’s mom.”
For the record, Brady ran a 5.28-second 40-yard dash at the 2000 NFL combine.
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