|Bill Belichick isn’t into second-guessing his decision to leave Tom Brady in||12.05.16 at 11:50 am ET|
We already know that Tom Brady wants to keep his foot on the gas pedal when it comes to staying in apparent blowout games late.
Bill Belichick feels pretty much the same way as he made clear in his conference call Monday.
During Sunday’s game against the Rams, the Patriots had a 26-3 lead against a Los Angeles team that couldn’t move the ball all day. With 5:52 left in the fourth quarter and the Patriots up 23 points, there was some speculation across social media that Brady would come out and give Jimmy Garoppolo a chance to get some snaps in.
That turned out not to be the case, as Brady took the the field and continued his attack as normal against an LA team that could still provide a formidable pass rush.
“After the game turns out and it’s easy to go back and make those suggestions,” Belichick said. “I’ve seen a few games in this league. I’ve seen double-digit leads evaporate in a minute or two. I know that’s not a big concern when it doesn’t happen. But when it does happen, it’s a major crisis. Then it’s a lot of second-guessing about what should’ve been done or shouldn’t have been done. Just try to win the game.”
As it turns out, the Rams did put up some points late when Jared Goff hit a wide-open Kenny Britt on a 66-yard pass on 4th-and-11 at the Los Angeles 33. Several plays later, Goff hit Britt for a TD pass and it was suddenly a two-score game with 1:15 left.
There was no onside kick and the Patriots recovered the kickoff in the end zone for a touchback and ran out the clock.
|Tom Brady confirms Rob Gronkowski has worked with Alex Guerrero, but could he do it more?||at 10:57 am ET|
Part of what has enabled Tom Brady to play in the league for so long and withstand some of the hits he’s taken, has been his work with personal coach Alex Guerrero.
The work is not centered around strength work and weight lifting, rather resistance work to help with flexibility.
Rob Gronkowski had his ninth surgery since college late last week and with his body being more muscle and most of his training being done with weights since being a child, many have wondered if he could benefit from working with someone like Guerrero and focusing more on flexibility?
On Kirk & Callahan Monday morning, Brady said Gronkowski has worked with Guerrero some in the past, but it’s up to the individual as to how invested they want to be with it.
“I mean Gronk is so hard working and Gronk has spent a lot of time with Alex at different points,” Brady said. “Gronk has his rehab and he’s going to do it and I have no doubt he’s going to come back stronger and better than ever. All of us learn every year about things that work and don’t work. It’s really up to the individual. Gronk, it depends what all the — I don’t want to single out Gronk because he’s the only one that is injured — but a lot of players that get injured over the course of the year and then you go about changes in your routine because you think this may work and this may not work.
“To me, I feel like it’s very touch and feel with how you do take care of your body. Some weeks it is a little more strengthening. Some weeks it’s a little more conditioning. Some weeks it’s a little more pliability depending on how your body feels. I don’t think people spend enough time on pliability at all. I think that is the missing third leg to what athletes in high school should be learning and college athletes. We learn at a young age it’s all about strength and conditioning and strengthening at the expense of pliability, to me gets you injured. If you’re injured you can’t play. If your body is your asset and you’re injured, you’re not going to have much of a career for any athlete. Every team is trying to incorporate the things they see and they feel and they want to do a better job of. I feel like that is part of what I want to teach people is how I have done it.”
The only games Brady has missed in his 17-year career were in 2008 when he tore his ACL. The quarterback noted how much goes into preparing his body during the week for the games on Sunday to withstand the hits that he takes, which is a major reason why he’s been able to be so dependable.
But in Gronkowski’s case, some injuries are just unavoidable.
|Tom Brady on K&C discusses staying in game late: ‘I don’t think it’s ever right to take your foot off the gas pedal’||at 9:17 am ET|
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Kirk & Callahan Monday morning to discuss Sunday’s 26-10 win over the Rams, which was win No. 201 for his career, among other things related to the team. To hear the interview, visit the K&C audio on demand page.
Even though the Patriots were leading 26-3 in the fourth quarter and in total control of the game, Brady remained on the field and backup Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t play a single snap.
The quarterback explained why he was still on the field so late in the game.
“All these games are close. I know yesterday, 26-3 at one point, but we’re playing for a lot here,” Brady said. “I don’t think it’s ever right to take your foot off the gas pedal. We could use as many reps as possible, all the guys out there. There are different situations that come up in every game. You only get 16 weeks a year to try them out. You try them in practice, but there’s not the speed. There’s not the urgency. It’s not the decision-making because it’s unscripted. In practice you go and talk about these are the plays you’re going to run, these are the defenses you can get.
“Then you go into the game and they it’s all about decision-making really under pressure with everything on the line, so the more reps you can get with Malcolm [Mitchell] and [Chris] Hogan and Martellus [Bennett], guys that I haven’t played with, the better it gets.
“Gronk has been a huge part of what we do. He’s been the focal point of our offense since he got here and it’s always more challenging when you don’t have that caliber of a player, but we’re still going to be able to find ways to move the ball down the field. That’s what our job is and I know Josh [McDaniels] takes a lot of pride in that. No one wants to throw in the towel and we’re not going to do that. We’re going to keep fighting and find ways to move the ball down the field and score points.”
With the win, Brady passed Peyton Manning for the most wins all-time by a NFL quarterback. Brady said Manning reached out to him after the game with a note, but he didn’t hear anything from Roger Goodell, noting he doesn’t hear from the league.
Brady said he wasn’t aware of the record until this season, but noted once again it isn’t so much about him, but the teams he has been on.
“It was definitely this season. It wasn’t even going into the season. I didn’t think about it. I still really don’t think about these types of things,” Brady said. “I think because we’re still so much in the middle of it. It’s not like we have time to reflect and think about a great statistic or a great record or something like that because you’re focused each week on what you’re trying to do and you’re not thinking about anything that you try to think about more when you’re retired. It is cool to have so many people congratulate me and I’ve said it before, but they are always team records to me. There’s nothing you can do in football as an individual.
“It’s all about the collective effort and to be apart of so many great teams and great coaches, it’s been a privilege for me. It’s been a privilege to play for this team for as long as I have and there’s nothing I love doing like playing football and getting ready to play football. Outside of my family, that’s where all my energy goes. It’s very rewarding when it pays off in winning because that is what we’re all trying to accomplish and I have a lot of people around me that support me that are just as committed as I am. I really share in those experiences with everyone else and that is really how I feel.”
On Saturday night, the Patriots honored the 2001 Super Bowl team with a function at the stadium. Brady stopped by, but couldn’t stay long because of the game and then was spotted getting to Gillette Stadium just after 8 a.m. Sunday morning. The quarterback said he has no regrets because playing and preparing for games is what he loves to do and he can enjoy himself after he retires.
On Sunday against the Rams, Tom Brady won his 201st career game, passing Peyton Manning for the most all-time by a NFL quarterback.
Of the 201, there have been some special ones, including four Super Bowls.
Monday morning on Kirk & Callahan (listen to the full interview here), Brady was asked which won had the most meaning to him and he said beating the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.
“One win? Probably the Seahawks Super Bowl,” Brady said. “Just because it was so long — three of the first four years I played to win, it was so strange. I don’t want to say you took it for granted, but you took it for granted. Just kind of, ‘Yeah, we’re going to be in the playoffs every year and we’re going to the Super Bowl every year. It’s like what is the big deal? Our season always ends in February anyway.’ Then to go that long without winning another one and to realize, ‘Man, this is so hard every year.’ In ’07 we had an incredible season and 2010 we had a great year and didn’t win it. 2011 we get to the Super Bowl and didn’t win it. Then ’12 and ’13 and finally to get there in ’14 and win it all again we just and incredible feeling against a team that I thought was one of the best teams we’ve ever played against.
“That was probably the one that sinks in the most when I think about. It was a great team. It was a great game. It was the biggest moment. Our team came through. That’s my Malcolm has the truck, thank god for Malcolm Butler.”
Brady won the MVP of the game as he had one of the best fourth quarters in Super Bowl history to lead the Patriots from 10 points down to the win. The quarterback finished the game 37-for-50 passing with 328 yards.
|Tom Brady deflects praise following career win No. 201: ‘I just feel very grateful’||12.04.16 at 5:55 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Like he has for his entire 17-year playing career, Tom Brady wasn’t going to make Sunday’s 26-10 win over the Rams about him, even though he set the record for most wins by a quarterback in NFL history with 201, passing Peyton Manning.
“I’m grateful for all of my teammates and my coaches and for my family and friends,” Brady said. “There’s been a lot of football over the years, so it’s always been about winning and I’ve been very fortunate to be on a lot of great teams. I just feel very grateful.”
It was fitting the quarterback reached the milestone on the day the 2001 Patriots were honored for the 15-year anniversary of winning Super Bowl XXXVI. Brady attended the function for the team Saturday night, but didn’t stay as he wanted his rest before the game.
“Yeah, I saw some of them last night at the banquet that Mr. Kraft had, but I didn’t stay too long because I wanted to be up early and ready to go today,” Brady said. “It’s – to be fortunate to play over a long period of time with a lot of different players. I think I’ve learned so much from everybody that I’ve played with and I always try to watch everybody and learn from different things that they do.
“Whether it was Drew [Bledsoe], who I saw, or Damon Huard, who I saw – watching Jimmy [Garoppolo] and watching [Jacoby] Brissett, I feel like there’s always something to learn. Like I said, I’ve just been very fortunate to be around a lot of great teammates over the years, a lot of great coaches, and a lot of wins.”
It wasn’t the perfect performance for Brady as he finished the game going 33-for-46 with 269 yards and a touchdown. He completed passes to seven different receivers and six of them had at least three catches.
The Patriots went 4-for-16 on third down, which isn’t what they were looking for.
“I don’t think we were on the same page like we needed to be between myself and some of the skill players,” Brady said. “There were some plays I thought we could execute better, so it is frustrating when you expect a higher level than what we’re getting out there. I think everyone is trying to do the right thing, but we’ve just got to watch the film, try to correct it and see if we can do a better job.”
Brady improved to 62-6 at home in the regular season, which is more wins than five teams have overall in that span — Tampa Bay (60), Oakland (57), Jacksonville (52), Cleveland (47) and Los Angeles (46).
|Mike Petraglia, Chris Price talk Tom Brady, NFL history and Patriots defensive dominance in win||at 5:50 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Tom Brady wins his 201st career game and the Patriots and Bill Belichick pay tribute in style to the 2001 Patriots with a win over the Rams. WEEI’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price have your recap inside Gillette Stadium.
|3 up, 3 down following Patriots 26-10 win over Rams||at 5:40 pm ET|
FOXBORO — At first glance, here are three up and three down in the wake of Sunday’s 26-10 win over the Rams.
Quarterback Tom Brady: The veteran set the mark for most quarterback wins of all time on Sunday against the Rams; his 201st, surpassing his old pal Peyton Manning. It wasn’t a performance that’ll go down among his all-time best — 33-for-46, 269 yards, one touchdown, no picks — but it was a landmark win, and should be treated as such. For the third straight game, the contest ended with a Brady kneeldown.
Running back LeGarrette Blount: Blount ran hard all day, and delivered one of the offensive highlights of the afternoon when he blasted through the line and galloped, John Riggins-style, for a 43-yard touchdown to open the scoring. The big back had 18 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown on the afternoon while nearing a career mark for most yards in a season — he’s 50 yards away.
Kicker Stephen Gostkowski: The kicker was perfect on the afternoon, with field goals from 28, 48, 45 and 45 yards. He also connected on both extra points.
Punt return unit: Tough to do against a world-class punter like Johnny Hekker, but the Patriots got zero in the return game Sunday — on six returns, they had a grand total of seven yards. Ugh.
Kick returner/cornerback Cyrus Jones: The rookie continued to struggle on special teams, as he started the day as the primary returner, but muffed a first-quarter punt. It was recovered by the Patriots, but it continued a troubling trend for the youngster.
Running back James White: We’re nitpicking here, but at first glance, it looked like he whiffed on a block that got Brady flattened in the first half. He was also at least partially culpable for a penalty as part of an illegal shift in the third quarter.
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