Tom Brady said Rob Gronkowski has worked some with Alex Guerrero. (Stew Milne/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady said Rob Gronkowski has worked some with Alex Guerrero. (Stew Milne/USA Today Sports)

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.

“I think it’s always up to the individual,” Brady said. “He’s dealt with certain things that are almost impossible to avoid on the football field. Sometimes it’s just bad luck. For me, I try and do all the things I can do to avoid as many things as possible and be as proactive as possible so that I can try to be out there every week. I believe if you have a great foundation it ends up being a lot harder to get hurt. That’s kind of where I focus my time and energy over the course of the week so that — you know you’re going to get it, you know you’re going to sustain these impacts and how can your body be prepared to withstand those things?

“I definitely have gone about it a different way than probably 99 percent of the people that have played in the NFL. I have a lot of belief and conviction how I feel and I try to instill that in the guys that I am with, but some guys definitely understand it and work hard at it and want to do the right thing. Sometimes when you’re young you don’t feel anything, so why do I need to put time and energy into something that I really don’t feel is a problem?

“It probably took for me to be 30 years old to understand, ‘Wow I really notice a difference.’ I noticed it a little younger than that, but not on a really catastrophic scale. Guys are working hard at feeling the best they can. I think that is important. Every step of the way, every year you try and improve on different things.”

Added Brady: “Muscles aren’t for strength or for show, they’re for function. Some guys are born with a lot of muscle. Some guys are born with thick, dense muscle tissue. I think that puts  a lot of stress on ligaments and tendons when you’re not getting the right types of treatment, when you’re not hydrating. It’s great to have that. It’s great to be a very strong physical person. That definitely helps you in your field, especially whatever your job is. For me, strengthening is really just to withstand the hits. You guys saw me block last week, I don’t really strength train so I can go block people. It requires a different level of strength for different positions.”

The quarterback also noted Gronkowski isn’t the only player that could potentially benefit from the work he does with Guerrero and is something Brady has spoken to players across the league as some have even reached out to him.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations with Gronk. Everyone that I play with, I have conversations with because they all ask me about it, too,” he said. “They ask me about my routine. Gronk has definitely been very committed. There are some things that are very challenging to overcome as a football player. He’s dealing with different injuries at different times and like I said, some of those things are tough to avoid. I think everybody can benefit it. That is why I have the conviction that I have. I have talked to other guys around the league that are texting me all the time wanting to understand more. It’s pretty cool because I do feel like I have learned a different way and I want to share that with a lot of people.”

“Different positions require different levels of strength and conditioning. I think that the key to sustaining the impacts is having your muscles pliable and soft and long and the ability to absorb the hits and really balance. That’s what I focus on. I’ve spent a lot of time with Alex keeping my muscles long and soft. Along with that goes the nutrition and feeling my inflammation rates down and keeping my muscles really hydrated. You go on these cross-country flights and you do a lot of things to dehydrate you. I stay very hydrated so it’s a combination of things that I feel put me in a great position to take those hits. Again, there are some that you can’t avoid and that is part of football. The ones I feel that you can avoid, those are the ones I want to avoid and that is how I have stayed out there as long as I have.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

It wasn’t all good news in Sunday’s 26-10 win over the Rams, as wide receiver Danny Amenedola left the game with an ankle injury.

Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola

It wasn’t all good news in Sunday’s 26-10 win over the Rams, as wide receiver Danny Amenedola left the game with an ankle injury.

Amendola was injured in the third quarter returning a punt when it looked like he twisted his ankle. The wide out didn’t start the game returning punts, but was forced into that role when rookie Cyrus Jones muffed another punt early in the game that the Patriots recovered.

He was seen after the game leaving the locker room on crutches.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Amendola has a high ankle sprain and the plan is to make sure he’s ready for the playoffs.

This isn’t the first time Amendola has been injured returning punts, as last year he injured his knee when he was forced into the role because of Chris Harper’s issues. The team will need to find someone it can count on for the rest of the season, ideally not Julian Edelman.

For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

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.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

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.

“No, it’s not for me because I think there will be a time to sit back and reflect and enjoy those experiences,” he said. “I take them for what they are. All those guys at those parties, they aren’t playing the next day. It is important for me to get my rest. It was nice to see a lot of the guys that I played with, but I couldn’t stay that long because my meetings finished at 8:30 at night and I wanted to stop in because it’s important for me to see those guys. Mr. Kraft, he put on a great event and I wanted to make sure I was supportive of that, but I wanted to get home and to get to bed. Then to get up the next day and to be focused on the game, that’s where my energy was at. It’s not a sacrifice because I love it. At the end of the day I love what I do. I love the experiences that I’ve had. That is what I enjoy.

“I always feel my motivation is that I could have, should have done better. After every game that is what I think. ‘God, I could have done this. I should have done this.’ I think it’s a little maniacal because you deal with so much stuff, sometimes the games, there’s a lot of imperfection in football and there’s a lot of imperfection of what you do out there, especially when you’re making split-second decisions. It’s gratifying to come out of a game and go, ‘Man, that was pretty good game’ That’s happened, definitely. That is what you’re always trying to strive for. For me, I just want to try and put myself in that position every week to be the best I can be for my team.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

On congratulatory video from Brett Favre: “I did, a friend sent it to me. We were in touch this week a few times just with a couple of things that we were talking about football-wise. We exchanged some text messages, too. He’s a great guy. He’s someone I’ve always looked up to. He played the game — there’s nobody physically or mentally tougher than that guy and endured the streak that he had. It was incredible. I’ve always really looked up to him. It was really cool.”

On hit from safety T.J. McDonald, which Brady appeared irked at on the field: “I think it was pretty emotional. I didn’t see the replay yet, but he made a good clean hit. They were blitzing us. I knew we didn’t have him picked up and he put a little extra something on.”

On if he worries about taking hits late in games with score being lopsided: “No. I don’t because I think — I said to my wife as I was driving home, she was like, ‘What was that?’ She wants to know about all these things and I was like, ‘I think it is all fair on the football field.’ You put yourself out there. You’re up 20, you’re down 20. Everyone is playing hard and whatever happens out there is on the football field. I don’t think it was a dirty play. Guys love going in there and hitting the quarterback. They’ve been trained to hit the quarterback their entire careers, especially on defense. They get paid more hitting the quarterback. Their team is 4-8 so they are going to play hard till the end no matter what. They haven’t been in a lot of games this year so they are going to play hard to try and set them up for next year. I had no problem with that hit. I thought it was a real clean play. I was pretty pissed off for the most part yesterday because we weren’t executing as well as we could and that probably had something to do with it as well.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

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, Brady was asked which won had the most meaning to him and he said beating the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.

Of his 201 wins, Tom Brady said beating the Seahawks in the Super Bowl was the most memorable. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Of his 201 wins, Tom Brady said beating the Seahawks in the Super Bowl was the most memorable. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

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, 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.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

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