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."
We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
We sit down with the manager of the Sox, John Farrell, for our weekly interview.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox left fielder, who had five hits in the Sox win in Baltimore.
Hour 4. Bradford joins the show to defend the fact that he attends Ortiz’s charity event for free. Alex doesn’t think it was unethical to out Hernandez.
HOUR 3 - ESPN layoffs continue. One time Fauria didn't know Sage Steele's name so he called her "Rashard." ESPN has pretty much decided to punt on hockey. Marcus Smart responds to Jimmy Butler. Glenn dreams of the Celtics adding Gordon Hayward in the offseason.
HOUR 4 - The guys kept us updated on the wave of ESPN firings. Paul was blocked by Pete Abe. Fauria still hates Dan Dakich. Will Gerald Green be a factor, again, tonight? The lawyer for Kyle Kennedy (Aaron Hernandez' rumored gay lover) Larry Army gave a press conference.
Some house cleaning is being done at ESPN as reports of employee cuts begin to come out. And how pissed/not pissed should Matt Barnes be?
We sit down with the manager of the Sox, John Farrell, for our weekly interview.
The article didn't actually reveal anything that wasn't already public record, but the Globe "expose" on Brady and his relationship with the Best Buddies charity certainly has everybody around here talking about it.
We spend some time talking Sox as news of the rain cancellation comes down. A few more thoughts on the spat in Baltimore and Dustin Pedroia, plus David Price takes to twitter for his "media session".
Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
Buck and Reimer debate over whether it’s appropriate to speculate about Aaron Hernandez’s sexuality. Buck says his sources don’t corroborate what Michele McPhee and the Daily Mail have reported about the disgraced ex-NFL star’s love life. Reimer disagrees with the Boston Globe's assertion that there's a homophobic element to the Hernandez story.
Buck and Reimer share their coming out stories and discuss the different ways they decided to reveal their sexualities. Buck waited until more than 30 years into his career, whereas Reimer announced he was gay during his second appearance on WEEI. On that note, Buck presses Reimer on whether he's exploiting his sexuality to further his career.
Rich Keefe & Uncle Buck (Boston Sports 101) talk about the greatest comic book writer of all-time, Alan Moore. They look at his best works including Watchmen, From Hell, V for Vendetta, Batman: The Killing Joke and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Plus they rank the movies he has inspired (and refused to watch).
Hour 4. Crazy Al calls in for the second day in a row. A terrible caller tries to make a point. The Arkansas inmates had interesting last meals. Tomase’s epic acceptance speech.More from this show
Hour 1. In a wild opening segment, Kirk and Gerry lash out at the Globe and Joe Sullivan. Reimer weighs in on Cyd Ziegler’s Hernandez take. Michael Holley thinks the Globe would do the same story on Ortiz as they did on Brady and Best Buddies.More from this show