Speaking during his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Show, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady admitted that the loss to the Jets in last season's playoffs was as difficult a defeat as he had experienced since entering the NFL. (To listen to the entire interview, click here.)
"The Jets, I'll never get over that loss," Brady said. "That's as painful as a loss as I think we've ever had here as a team.
"They can rush the passer. They're a good team. They pressure the quarterback, that's what we have to be prepared for with them. And they always try and find a way to confuse the quarterback, whether that's by pass rush, whether that's by coverage and often times both. We gave them a lot of credit when they won and I think we have to learn from that and understand what it takes to beat good teams under tough conditions. That's what we have to try and accomplish this year."
Along the lines of protecting the quarterback, Brady reiterated how pleased he was that the Patriots were able to come to terms with offensive linemen Logan Mankins and Matt Light.
"That was a big question mark at the end of the season, if you replace a couple of guys who have been two of the best offensive lineman who ever wore a Patriots uniform," he said. "But both of them come back, Logan on a long-term deal, Matt on a shorter deal. Those are great players. They are so good at what they do. They're tough, they're smart, they're physical players, they know our offense, they're great in the locker room. They're just great guys. I've been lucky enough to have them protect me for a long time, and I'm lucky to have them protect me this year. I love those guys."
Another player Brady touched on in his interview was second-year wide receiver Taylor Price, who opened some eyes by catching five passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in the Pats' 47-12 preseason win over Jacksonville Thursday.
"Taylor has certainly taken advantage of his opportunities," the quarterback said. "He got in late in the season last year against Miami, got in the game and made some good plays against the Dolphins and had this training camp to build on that performance. He's continuing to work at it. … The more good plays you have without bad plays, that's what veteran players do, that's why veteran players stick around. I think coaches tolerate from younger players mistakes more than older players, so as older players you're always trying to make good players and I think with younger players they can make good plays but they also have to understand they have to do better as well. Taylor is working on that. He's another guy who has really been willing to work, but he has to continue to come out here and build on that performance, as well. We're all a long way from where we need to be."
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