Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined Dennis & Callahan for his weekly Monday morning interview, following Sunday's 29-26 overtime victory over the Jets. Although the Patriots won, they squandered a 10-point fourth-quarter lead before recovering.
"I'm certainly pleased by winning," he said. "I think that's the most important thing. Whether you win by a point or 10 points or 30 points, they all count the same. We've been on the losing end of a one-point game, a one-point game and a two-point game. It feels good to win a three-point game.
"There was a moment there in the fourth quarter where we looked like we had a good lead, then soon after that, we're fighting for our life with the three-point lead, and then a three-point deficit, and we turn around to win it in overtime. I'm proud of the way the guys fought. Certainly, we could do a lot of things better, and hopefully we do. But it's nice to win."
Asked why the Patriots have been able to make it look easy in the past but are struggling to close out games now, Brady said it's not for a lack of effort.
"We're trying to do it," he said. "It's not like you flip a switch. I don't think that's it. There's 53 guys that are trying to do their best out there, and we're just not doing our best. Hopefully we get to that point. That's part of why we practice, why we meet and why we go to to work every day.
"I wish it were that easy. And maybe there were times when it has looked that easy. But I think you appreciate it when it does work. And you realize the preparation that you put into it, that it pays off. Maybe we've just spoiled some people in the meantime. Because it's hard to win, man. It's really hard to win."
The Patriots are one of only three AFC teams with a record over .500. Asked if that's due to parity or a lack of quality, Brady laughed.
"It's a hard sport, man," he said. "I'm telling you … I think there's times where, like I said, we made it look easy at times, and it's never been easy. There's some years where things go a certain way, and there's some years where they don't. We're in dogfights. That's what it is, and that's what it's going to be. As a player, it's not like we go, 'Man, we're just going to score 50 points this week.' No, you've got to earn it. And you're earning it against another damn good team.
"There's some good teams. We saw some pretty good teams over the course of this season. We've been close at times. We've won some, we've lost some. Hopefully, we can win some close ones, because that's what it's going to take."
Asked about how the Pats made it look so easy in 2007, for example, Brady said: "We had a supreme level of talent and we played extremely well from week to week. … It was just one of those years where everything worked. And you know what the result of that season was? Nothing, because we lost [in the Super Bowl]. So, the result of a 14-2 season a few years ago, we lost. And the result of a 13-3 season last year, we lost.
"We're only in it for one thing, and it's to be the one team at the end of the year that's happy about how the year went. But that's a long ways from now. And we've got a long time to get better and work hard and try to learn from our mistakes. I'm glad when you win you can learn from your mistakes, too. Because there's plenty of mistakes for us to learn from."
Following are more highlights from the interview.
On offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels: "Josh and I are on the same page. We've been on the same page since the day he got back. I wouldn't say there's a level of comfort that we're seeking. We know each other very well. … The coaches coach and the players play. No matter what they call, we've got to go out there and execute it. They could call the most perfect play in the world, and if the guy's wide open and I overthrow him by 10 yards, what does it matter? We have to go do a better job playing."
On Brandon Lloyd making just one catch despite being targeted eight times Sunday: "I don't know, guys. I've got to watch the film and see what we've got to do better."
On next Sunday's game in London against the Rams: "It's a good opponent we're playing. They're 3-4, but we've lost twice to the NFC this year. We'd better play better than we've been playing. We've got to take a long trip, and it would be nice for the guys to come together and see if we can be mentally tough and go out there and deal with some distractions and go on the road in a tough place on a long trip and try to win a game. I know there's guys that haven't made this trip, there's guys that have made the trip. It's a lot more fun when you win."
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The boys chat about the importance of the versatility of Dont'a Hightower and his impact on the Pats D throughout his career but especially this season.
Pete, Price and Jerry continue breaking down the AFC Championship and give their thoughts and analysis on Pats/Steelers.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about Isaiah Thomas' flagrant foul against the Heat, and also discuss why it's time for the Celtics to address their biggest need.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the "Dale and Holley Show" discuss the latest news on the injury that has kept Isaiah Thomas off the court and how valuable it is for Marcus Smart to stay in control.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of 'The Dale and Holley Show' talk about last night's disappointing finish against the Rockets and they talk about their love for DeMarcus Cousins.
Mut, Rob, and John are talking about some of the Hall of Fame candidates who gained or lost support within the last year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds both gained support, while Curt Schilling lost a chunk of votes he had gotten last year.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are in after it was announced that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. They also talk about some notable candidates who weren't elected this year like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
Rob Bradford is joined by Jackie Bradley Jr. to discuss race in baseball and in Boston, along with the importance of Martin Luther King Day. The Red Sox outfielder also dives into how he never really felt comfortable in a major league clubhouse until last year, the approach he's taking heading into 2017, and why he's not playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Ken, Rear and Ty talk all things Bruins as they come off a 4-0 shutout win in Florida and head to Carolina later today. Did that victory save Claude's job? The boys get into Don Sweeney's recent comments on Claude's job and what the future holds for the black and gold.
"D-Wood" Joins the show to talk Brady vs. Rodgers and predicts a Patriots-Packers Super Bowl.
Hour 3. Ben Volin shares a stat about Trump that will blow your mind. Mut wouldn't answer any questions about Trump's alleged sexual assaults.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian enjoy the festivities ahead of the Inauguration, and give their predictions for Patriots-Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian love how Bill Belichick reacts to the plethora of stupid questions he receives from the Media during his Press Conferences.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe spend the day discussing the AFC Championship.
We close out the work week with the best sound clips of the day.
We check in with hall of famer Michael Irvin to find out what happened to his Dallas Cowboys and look at the remaining playoff match-ups.
Kirk Minihane brings Chad Finn back to the show to talk about the Charlotte Wilder story about the relationship between the Pats and Trump. Chad defends Charlotte for some of the story and her previous articles, Kirk still has problems with what he thinks is lazy reporting. Kirk and Chad also talk about whether a third sports station in Boston would be viable and if Curt Schilling will ever make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kirk Minihane has a loud and very confrontational argument with media personality John Ziegler about the guilt or innocence of Jerry Sandusky. Kirk believes him to be guilty, John believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sandusky is innocent. Yes, it may be an old case, but you all remember it and this episode may change your mind about some of the things you previously thought with regards to Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, and Joe Paterno.
Kirk Minihane wants to sit down with both sports editors at the major newspapers in Boston. Only Boston Herald sports editor Sean Leahy took Kirk up on the invitation to join the show. What you will hear is a great conversation between two people who are very interested in the newspaper business and how that business has changed over the years and what the future holds for newspapers. Kirk and Sean talk about the ongoing and longstanding rivalry between the Herald and Globe.
Uncle Buck, George from S**t Pats Fans Say, and Jerry Thornton talk about the Patriots history in the AFC Championship game, the big wins, the bad losses, and what it will take for the Pats to win another AFC Championship game.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis wrap up the K&C week after a Friday show with Kirk, Mut and Ben Volin in studio.
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