While Tom Brady cannot be at Gillette Stadium or any NFL stadium as he’s suspended for the first four games, it doesn’t mean he isn’t watching them.
Brady admitted it’s been tough to watch, but he’s been happy with the results as the team has started 2-0.
“It’s certainly tough to watch, but it’s certainly great to see us win,” Brady said Monday to Jim Gray on Westwood One’s Monday Night Football pregame show. “It’s a little bit of both for me.”
Added Brady on Sunday specifically: “It was good to see. We got off to such a great start and he was really firing the ball in there and being very accurate and decisive with his throws. It was great to see. It was a tough injury (to Jimmy Garoppolo). Miami did a great job kind of hanging in there and battling back, but I’m glad we were able to close it out with the interception by Duron [Harmon] at the end.”
With Jimmy Garoppolo’s success before his right shoulder injury, Brady was asked if be believes he has a big future as a NFL quarterback.
“Well, I think that is kind of going to be decided by him,” Brady said. “I think obviously the way he’s started, it’s been a great start starting games in the NFL. He’s a very hard worker and I’m proud of the way he’s led the team. I know he’ll be fighting hard to be out there this week and he’s done a really great job.”
With the Patriots starting out 2-0, at worst they will be 2-2 when Brady returns, so he knows the team will not have a ton of ground to make up when he returns. He was asked if that is a relief.
“I feel like our team will always be prepared and want to play well,” Brady said. “Some of the outcomes are always close, as they have been the last couple of weeks. We’ve found a way to win and battled through adversity. These games aren’t easy and as I’ve said thousands of times, it’s hard to win games in the NFL and we’re off to a great start. I am proud of the guys for how hard they are working and you can see it on TV. It’s really paying off.”
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On Julian Edelman potentially playing quarterback: “He still talks about that touchdown pass he threw against Baltimore a few years ago. I actually — maybe it would give him a little more immunization if he did well, but if he didn’t I mean he’s kind of batting 1,000 right now, so there’s only one place to go.”
On Jacoby Brissett: “Jacoby has done a great job taking advantage of his opportunity as well. He went in there yesterday and showed a lot of poise. I’ve loved working with him. I think he’s shows up to work every day working hard. He’s very competitive and I know our coaching staff will have him prepared and ready to go for Thursday night if he is called upon. Who knows, Jimmy may be out there. We’ll see how it plays out.”