Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning, following Sunday's 28-0 victory over the Dolphins that clinched the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs and a first-round bye.
"We've definitely made some improvements over the course of the year, which we always hope to do," Brady said. "We were at one point 2-3, not feeling very good about where we were at. To finish 12-4 is pretty good considering where we started. And the four games we lost were all real competitive games. If we can just keep getting better and continue to improve, we're as competitive as any team left. I think that gives us a lot of confidence here heading into the playoffs."
Added Brady: "We're in a decent position. We're playing hard, we're playing tough. We won some close games, we lost some close games. I just hope that still our best football's ahead of us. I really do. We've been waiting for our guys to get healthy. Hopefully we can be as healthy as we can be here in two weeks. I'd love to see what that looks like, when we can finally get everyone out there at one time and put our best out on the field for 60 minutes."
The Texans' loss to the Colts in an early game opened the door for the Patriots to grab the No. 2 seed, but Brady said even if that had not happened, the Pats were prepared to play a more complete game than last Sunday's unimpressive 23-16 victory over the Jaguars.
"I think most of the guys knew [the Texans lost]," Brady said. "I think some guys were following it a little bit as the game went on. But coach [Bill] Belichick made a great point to all of us. He said, 'Look, there's nobody that can help our position other than us. Why don't we focus our attention on going out and winning the game, and whatever happens, happens.' Had the Colts not won yesterday and Houston won, I think we'd have approached the game the same way and tried to go out there and execute really well. I think that's what's most important. I think that was the gratifying part, that guys were really mentally into it. It was a cold night, it was a windy night, but the guys really hung in there."
Tight end Rob Gronkowski made his return Sunday after missing five games with a broken left forearm.
"He's one of the best in the game right now," Brady said. "When he's out there it makes a big difference. He had two pretty important catches yesterday. Those explosive plays in the passing game and his ability to stretch the defense down the field is very important.
"Aaron [Hernandez] did a great job yesterday. He's obviously feeling a lot better from the bumps and bruises that he's accumulated over the course of the year. And Daniel Fells and Hooman [Michael Hoomanawanui] have really stepped in and played a very critical role in us doing some things yesterday also. It was great to have everybody contribute."
Added Brady about Gronkowski: "He's always just a mismatch. He's got really great speed. He tracks the ball really well in the area. He's got a great hands. And he's very tough. He's very quick out of his breaks. He does everything well. When he's out there, it's just a tough mismatch for the defense. He's got a really unique skill set. That's why he's been so productive since the day he got here. So, it was great to see."
We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
Danny Amendola joined the show to talk about the addition of Reggie Wayne to the receiving group, the offensive tempo in game 3 of the preseason, and who is the most stylish in the locker room.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox starter, who pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run in the win over the Mets.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Kirk and Dino gave their thoughts on the next move in Brady vs Goodell.
Tom gave his thoughts on what he saw yesterday in Judge Berman's courtroom.
The guys discuss Kanye's ridiculous statements from last night's MTV VMA's, in which Kanye complained about how he's treated by everyone EXCEPT artists, and his announcement that he'll run for president in 2020.
Dont'a Hightower joined the show on a Patriots Monday. He spoke out the benefits of getting "calloused" as the season wears on, how he likes being on the outside because he can go after the QB, and his appreciate for how Rob Ninkovich climbed the Patriots ranks to become a starter.
We check in with Gary Myers of the NYDN about his tweets reporting the NFL's best settlement offer to Brady... a one game reduction for a full admission of guilt. The offer obviously went nowhere.
We wrap up a Monday with some of the best sound bites you may have missed.
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
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