Patriots quarterback Tom Brady checked in with Dennis & Callahan for his weekly chat Monday morning, following Sunday’s dominant 34-9 victory over the Lions, and talked about Darrelle Revis, Jonas Gray, Odell Beckham Jr. and Randy Moss. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
With their seventh straight win, the Patriots are 9-2 and look like they have established some separation from the pack. Brady cautioned that there still is plenty of room for improvement.
“I think it’s a week-to-week thing,” he said. “At different times over the course of the year we’ve done a lot of things really well, and you really want them to all come together on game day. I’m sure there’s always things we can get better at. I thought we did a lot of good things offensively yesterday, but I think we could have been even better. You’ve just got to go out there every week trying to improve and stay sharp and improve things that have shown up over the course of the season and we haven’t done as well consistently.
“It’s great to win, but as always when you win it’s never as good as you think, and when you lose it’s never as bad as you think. We’ll go in today and watch the film and talk about all the things we can do better. We obviously are playing well, we’ve got a lot of good things going. We’re continuing to be tested, because we’ve played a lot of good opponents here the past bunch of weeks, and now we’ve got another one coming up on Sunday.”
Running back Jonas Gray, the star of last week’s win over the Colts, sat out Sunday after arriving late to practice Friday.
“Those are always coach’s decisions to do certain things,” Brady said. “It’s unfortunate for everybody involved. You never want to see those things, because all these guys are important to us, and Jonas is a big part of our team and a big part of the reason why we won a huge game in our season. You just hate to see someone disciplined, but that’s just the way coach decided to handle it.”
Darrelle Revis is showing the Patriots why he deserved his huge contract in the offseason, anchoring a defense that dominated Detroit.
“If you play a team that has a great player on the other side of the ball, you’ve got to do things offensively to try to not allow that guy to make a lot of plays,” Brady said. ” Even for me, I’m on the sideline watching, and I see pass after pass go in his direction. When we played him, we didn’t necessarily do that. But every team chooses what they want to do, and they obviously don’t feel like throwing over there is a big deal. But it’s great when they do it, because he covers so well.
“I always think the most impressive thing is how he defends passes without getting penalties. There’s always a fine line between just a little pull here or a little tug there. I think Revis does such a great job of there’s contact where it’s legal and his hands are off and he’s got such great anticipation and quickness and savvy and ball skills and timing for the ball. You may get him once on something, but you’ll never get him twice.”
Next up is a game against the Packers in Green Bay, a matchup that is being billed a possible Super Bowl preview.
“We’re so far from that,” Brady said. “We’ve got so many games. If we’re lucky enough to make it there, nobody cares who we play. That’s so far down the road. We think about the one game we have ahead of us, which is a good opponent. We’ve got nine wins, we’ve done a good job getting ourselves to this position. Now this is when the weather turns, the mental toughness, the discipline, how much we’ve improved really comes into play.
“We’re playing one of the best teams in the league. This team plays better — they play like we do at home, they always play good. We’ve got our work cut out for us. They’ve got a great offense, they’ve got a great defense, they do a lot of things defensively that are a challenge for us. They’ve got a good rush, they’ve got good coverage, they play the run well and they can score a lot of points.
“It’s fun going to Lambeau. I’ve only been there once. I think I’ve been there for a preseason game, but only once in the regular season. And we won, which was great. I’d love to get to 2-0.”
Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.
On Lions center Dominic Raiola’s cheap shot at the end of the game: “I don’t know, I didn’t really see the play. … I just think you’ve always got to go out there and protect yourself. We’re not going to quit. They’re not going to quit. And then some people get pissed off, and then emotions get the best of you. When you’re out there you’ve got to do everything you can to not take any play for granted, you’ve got to protect yourself. If someone’s going to try to cut you down, then you’ve got to play it like it’s a regular play. If we’re not going to take a knee — unless they want to stop playing and tell us, ‘Look, we’ll stop playing,’ and we’ll stop playing and we’ll just win, let’s just do that. But that’s not the way it goes. You play until the end of the game. You play until there’s no time left. If people don’t want to play that way then you’ve just got to understand the way it is and then play accordingly.”
On Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s amazing touchdown catch Sunday night: “Yeah, I saw it, and I couldn’t believe it. I kind of started laughing out loud. Ironically … just before that they were showing those catches of him in the pregame, and then all of a sudden he did it again. To do it on a ball like that — the ball was almost behind his head, and it barely even bobbled in his hand. It like stuck and then just started rolling and he got it to his body. That was unbelievable. That guy is going to be a hell of a player.”
On Randy Moss: “Randy had two great one-handed catches. He had the one against the Jets, and he had one against Miami where a guy was on him. We were going toward the lighthouse at home one day and he made a phenomenal catch. Randy was one of the greatest receivers ever to play the game. He was a game-changing player. Every time he took the field he was just one of the biggest threats to ever take the field. He was phenomenal.”