Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, following Sunday's 34-27 victory over the Redskins.
Brady got into a heated argument on the sideline with offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien after the QB threw a fourth-quarter interception. He chalked it up to the intensity of the situation.
"We're both very emotional people, believe me," Brady said. "When things don't go so well, everyone gets frustrated. There's different ways that we express our frustration. When I make a play like that at the end of the game, it's not what he expects or any player/coach expects.
"That's just part of the game. He and I have a great relationship. Actually, I love that he feels that he can coach me. I think that's something as a veteran player you maybe don't get a lot from coaches. Because you're a veteran, you don't think, 'Aw man, I can't be yelled at.' But yeah, you can. And you should. We're all held accountable. I'm glad our defense really made the play to win the game at the end, because I'd have been feeling pretty crappy if we'd somehow not pulled that game out with that interception there at the end."
Added Brady: "Billy and I have a great relationship. It's just venting on both of our parts. And I do that a lot, too. I get on guys all the time. It's a way to try to get guys to respond. Our team needs a lot of fire. We need a lot of emotion. That's the way you play the game."
Told that everyone could watch the argument and read his lips, Brady said: "Hopefully, my mom wasn't trying to read my lips. I tell you, it's so emotional. When you get caught up in a game like that and the tension's riding high and there's pressure on every play, that's what happens. Certainly, when I miss plays and miss throws that really could help us take control of the game, I get very frustrated. That's frustration comes out in different ways."
Asked if he had an issue with how his receiver ran his route on the play, Brady refused to pass any blame.
"I'm responsible for taking care of the football," he said. "When you're the quarterback, you hold the ball on every play, and really the fate of the whole team rests in your hands. You've got to be able to make great decisions with the ball. If you don't, your team's going to struggle. I take that responsibility very seriously. When I make bad plays, I make bad plays. There's nothing that anybody can do about those except me. Believe me, I felt awful after the game, to put our team in that position. I certainly hope I don't do that again."
Following are more highlights from the conversation.
On what Rob Gronkowski has done that has surprised Brady: "I think everything. I think the thing that I've been most impressed about with him is since the day he got here, he's trended upwards. Every day. He never really makes the same mistake twice. As a young player, look, you have a lot of good plays and then you have a lot of bad plays, really just because of a lack of experience. But then as you make mistakes and you learn from those mistakes, you make improvements. And he's never really regressed.
"From the first rookie minicamp, there's things that we talked about on certain routes: Rob, on this play, this is what you have to do. Well, he doesn't make the same mistake twice. His physical skill obviously puts him a great position to catch a lot of passes and make a lot of runs. Physically, he can overpower guys, but he can outrun guys. He's got the physical ability but it's really I think his professionalism and his ability to continue to improve and get better. Both he and Aaron [Hernandez] really love football, they love the game. It's fun to have two young players out there that have had such a huge impact on our team this year."
On the offense needing to score 30-plus points to win: "I wish yesterday we scored in the mid-40s. That's what I really wish we did. We had opportunities to do it. The only people that have really have stopped us are ourselves, and our mistakes and the things that we're not really playing up to our level of expectations. It's something that we talk about every week and something that we've just got to do a better job at. Because we sit here at 10-3, and yeah, we're in a good position, but we've got to really start playing our best brand of football."
On playing in the high altitude of Denver: "The years that I've played out there, maybe the first five minutes of the game I think you feel a little bit of the mile-high air. But after that, it's football. They're playing very well, obviously. They've won a bunch of games here. All of us were watching the game last night on the airplane. Just as we were taking off was when they came back and won the game. It was an exciting game. They obviously have a very good team. They play for 60 minutes. They've obviously closed a lot of games and finished very well. We've got a huge test. We'll all be excited and hopefully have a good week of preparation and be ready to go on Sunday."
On Tim Tebow: "They're winning a ton of games and he's playing very well. Everyone says he struggles throwing the ball. What I saw last night, he had no problems throwing the ball. He threw the ball extremely well when I was watching."
For more highlights from the conversation, check the It Is What It Is blog. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.
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