The most up-to-date content on the planet
this just in
 RSS
WEEI » This Just In » Brady on D&C: Pats 'fought through adversity'
Mon, 12/30/2013 - 9:17am  

Brady on D&C: Pats 'fought through adversity'

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show on Monday morning, a day after the Pats clinched the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs with a 34-20 victory over the Bills. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

The game was played in rainy and cold conditions in Foxboro, but it didn’t slow down the home team, which closed the season with two solid wins.

“I think when you win, none of the conditions really matter much,” Brady said. “When you lose, yeah, you definitely have some games that you remember and you go, ‘God, those sure were crappy weather conditions.’ But I thought we really fought through adversity and played a tough game, played a really tough, hard-nosed football game that we needed to play. We just did such a great job in the run game, played really good on defense, great in the kicking game. That’s what we did against Baltimore, and it was really effective. To do it two weeks in a row this time of year is exactly what we needed.”

LeGarrette Blount was the game’s star, as the big running back amassed a team-record 334 all-purpose yards, including a career-high 189 yards rushing with two long touchdowns. Toward the end of the game, Blount could be seen with his arm around Brady as they had a discussion on the sideline.

“It was a very joyful moment I think for both of us,” Brady said. “He had played an incredible game. It’s really been a great season for our team to get to this point. We’ve definitely got a group of overachievers, guys that have worked really hard to come in and played whatever role they’ve been asked to play, whether that’s the receiver position or the running back position, the offensive line has been shuffled around.

“To be 12-4, we’re pretty proud of that. It’s a lot of guys that believe in one another. Certainly the way LeGarrette performed yesterday was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen, in some pretty tough conditions. It was a great effort by him. The offensive line played their hearts out. They continued to be the strength of our team. That’s what we’re going to need here down the stretch.”

The Patriots wore down the Bills by relying on the offensive line to set an early tone and then continuing to pound away with the 250-pound Blount.

“The mark of a tough team is how well you run the ball and how well you stop the run. So I think you’re right, it speaks a lot to the toughness of those guys,” Brady said. “They want a chance to prove that, too. Football, depending on the day, some days it’s 50 passes, some days it’s 50 runs. To be able to do both of those, not a lot of teams can do both of those. So to be able to do both of those and do them effectively is really a well-balanced team, really a well-coached offensive line, a well-coached offensive unit. We have some great coaches — Josh McDaniels and Dante Scarnecchia — the way they prepare us. They’re phenomenal. It goes up and down the staff.

“We’re very fortunate. We’re fortunate to be at this point. We worked hard to get to this point. Now we get to see if we can go take advantage of it.”

According to Brady, the physical and mental toughness of this team is one of its hallmarks.

“I would say our team really this year has established a mental toughness, which is really critical to the success and the overall success of what our team is and what we’re trying to be,” Brady said. “We’ve got a lot of tough guys. We’ve got physically tough guys on our offensive line. I’d take any one of those guys in a street fight. Because those guys are going to fight their butts off. They’re as tough as can be — the tight ends, the way they’ve played all year and how tough they are, what they’ve added to our team. James Develin, who really doesn’t get a lot of credit for what he’s done, but what an amazing job he’s done playing fullback for our team — really established a brand of toughness that we haven’t had for a long time at that position. I’m really proud of him, I’m proud of all the guys and what we’ve done, what we’ve accomplished. Now this is the reason why we worked so hard, to put ourselves in this position.”

Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.

On Julian Edelman, who finished the season with 105 receptions for 1,056 yards: “It’s a real credit to him. He’s put himself in that position, to take advantage of the opportunity that he got. You’re sitting behind probably the best receiver in football for the last five or six years in Wes [Welker]. You don’t get a lot of opportunity. Jules got his opportunity, really worked hard over the years to get himself in a position to take advantage of it. And then this year he stayed healthy for the entire year. He’s been able to produce week in and week out, been really a dependable, consistent player for us. You can see the types of improvements that he’s made over the course of the year based on the fact that he’s been able to practice all the time and play every game. It’s hard to be productive when you play eight games a year. So, to play them all and to be as consistent as he’s been for our team has really been critical to the success of our team, which is by far the best thing that could have possibly happened for him in his career.”

On Josh McDaniels: “Josh is the best offensive coach I could ever imagine. He’s so prepared, he’s so confident in what he does. He figures out a way every week to get us in the best position as players to win. I have so much respect for him and what he does for me, what he does for our team. he’s just a great coach. He’s got a lot of poise, got a lot of discipline. I hope he doesn’t go anywhere. I mean, I’d love for him to coach me the rest of my life. But that’s just the way it is. He’s one of my best friends, and I love having him.”

On the team’s offensive balance: “Well, we’re trying to be [balanced]. I think whatever we do, we have to do well. If we do run it, we’ve got to run it effectively. If we throw it, we’ve got to be efficient throwing it. It’s really just a matter of how the game plays out, the conditions that we’re in. We’ve had a lead here the last two games, which we didn’t have for a long time. We’re able to run the ball a little bit more and wear the teams out. By the fourth quarter we’re making some of our longest runs of the game. That’s been a big positive for our team — getting ahead on these teams and forcing them to throw the ball, forcing them to make mistakes and really get out of the style of play that they wanted to [play]. That’s really been a big key for us. Hopefully we can keep playing from ahead.”

On Brady’s 32-yard punt in the third quarter: “It wasn’t a very good punt. It was a pretty crappy punt. The safety was pretty deep, [Jim] Leonhard, he’s a punt returner. Somehow the ball found him. It wasn’t a good punt.”

On if he would prefer inclement weather for the playoff opener: “Whatever it is, we’ve proven this year we can win in just about anything. So, if it’s adverse weather conditions, really cold; it could be 55 degrees and perfect, and that would be fine for us, too. Whatever it is, it is. Like I said, the thing in football is, both teams play in it.€ … Look, you’ve just got to win the game. That’s the important thing. The opponent yesterday was the Buffalo Bills. It wasn’t the rain, it wasn’t the refs, it was Buffalo. It was good to go out and get a good win against them.”

On if he appreciates the team’s success more now, at the age of 36: “I think every year you gain more perspective. I think you take a different view every year, just ’cause maybe your situation in life’s a little bit different. You’re right, at 36 I’ve seen a lot, I’ve been a part of a lot of teams. I’ve never been a part of a year like this where we’ve had this many guys injured, and new guys really step in, and won some really last-second games. Really, when we’ve been challenged the most we’ve been at our best. That shows really the mental toughness of the team that we’ve got. Hopefully that serves us well here two weeks from now, where we’ve got a chance to go out on I guess on a Saturday night and see if we can beat a really good football team.”

On if he’s thought about his post-playing career: “I haven’t thought about it. Hopefully it’s a long time from now. But I haven’t really thought about any of those things. I just love playing. Like I said, I love the opportunity that I have to play for the Patriots. That’s all I’m really concerned about right now. Something down the road, who knows? There’s a lot of ways that your lives can take different directions. But things are pretty fun right now.”




Audio On Demand

Jerod Mayo joins MFB, 7-3…

Jerod Mayo joins MFB, 7-30-14

Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.

Danny Amendola joins MFB, 7-30-14

Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.

It Is What It Is Cast: Brandon Browner gets fired up

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Bo…

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, "I think Rondo is going to go, I just don't see where and how yet" 7-17-14

Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston: I believe Rondo will be traded 7-10-14

Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.

OK State Men's Basketball coach, Travis Ford, joins MFB to talk about Marcus Smart, 6-30-14

Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.

Anthony Ranaudo after he …

Anthony Ranaudo after he makes his Major League Debut

Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox starting pitcher after he makes his Major League debut and got his first career win against the New York Yankees.

Kevin Millar, MLB Network: "The home plate rule is terrible," 8-1-14

Former Red Sox player and current MLB analyst, Kevin Millar, joined MFB to talk about the controversial play in Miami where Manager Mike Redmond was ejected after a play at the plate was overturned. He also thinks the Sox did a great job acquiring real players that can impact the team in 2015.

Red Sox asst. GM Mike Hazen on the deadline deals 8-1-14

Mike Hazen joined the show to discuss how all the Sox deals came together.

The Bradfo Show: Talking …

The Bradfo Show: Talking Bruins roster moves with DJ Bean, Turtleboy

Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.

DJ Bean breaks down the first hours of NHL Free Agency 7-1-14

DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla

DJ Bean, WEEI.com. The Bruins are not traded Marchand 6-13-14

DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau

Red Sox asst. GM Mike Haz…

Red Sox asst. GM Mike Haze on the deadline deals 8-1-14

Mike Hazen joined the show to discuss how all the Sox deals came together.

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Tara Reid believes in Sharknado's 8-1-14

The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.

Chris Mad Dog Russo on the MLB trade deadline 8-1-14

Chris Russo joined the show and discussed the crazy MLB trade deadline.

Three For All: Tim calls …

Three For All: Tim calls an Arena League NOT Top-10 play, 8-1-14

Our own Tim Benz does play-by-play for the Pittsburg Power, of the Arena League. A play in that game was featured on Sportscenter's NOT top 10, so we wanted to hear the call. Also, NFL players are getting micro-chipped on Thursday night games this year. Also, a Florida man gets creative when trying to avoid an arrest.

Kevin Millar, MLB Network: "The home plate rule is terrible," 8-1-14

Former Red Sox player and current MLB analyst, Kevin Millar, joined MFB to talk about the controversial play in Miami where Manager Mike Redmond was ejected after a play at the plate was overturned. He also thinks the Sox did a great job acquiring real players that can impact the team in 2015.

The dust settles on a wild trade deadline day, 8-1-14

8 players were traded away from the Red Sox (starting with Jake Peavy) and the team has a completely different look. MFB look at the acquisitions and fight over whether Cherington and the Sox front office improved the team.

Red Sox turn over 1/3rd o…

Red Sox turn over 1/3rd of their 25 roster by the trade deadline - response and reaction

Biggest trade deadline day in recent memory for the Boston Red Sox... and not in a good way. We discuss it all as the news happens and take your reactions.

Dale and Holley's Four at Four - BAD trade deadline deals edition 7-31-14

We tackle four topics, all surrounding the four worst Sox trade deadline deals in recent memory.

John Farrell with Dale and Holley

As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.

Jon Lester's Contract Sit…

Jon Lester's Contract Situation and the Future

Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.

The All Star Game and the Worst Ideas in Sports

Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.

We're all yelling about LeBron James

Producer's Podcast-Is Leb…

Producer's Podcast-Is Lebron a Genius? 7-29-14

Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius

Minor Details Ep. 94.2 with Jim Callis of MLB.com: Are Red Sox prospects overvalued?

Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.

Minor Details Ep. 94.1: Are prospects overvalued? Andrew Miller on being traded for Miguel Cabrera

With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.

Jon Lester traded to Oakl…

Jon Lester traded to Oakland and Lou Merloni is pissed 7-31-14

Lou, Christian, and Tim react to the news that Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes have been traded to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes. Lou hates the deal the move, especially because Cespedes is not arbitration eligible.

More from this show

Jonny Gomes: "I didn't wa…

Jonny Gomes: "I didn't want to go anywhere. I can't fathom any player ever wanting to leave Boston." 7-31-14

Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes joins MFB to react to the news he has been traded along with Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes

More from this show

John Lackey is traded to …

John Lackey is traded to St. Louis, Lou's emotional roller coaster continues. 7-31-14

Lou goes through the 5 stages of grief, then John Lackey gets traded to the Cardinals.

More from this show

Red Sox asst. GM Mike Haz…

Red Sox asst. GM Mike Haze on the deadline deals 8-1-14

Mike Hazen joined the show to discuss how all the Sox deals came together.

More from this show

Chris Mad Dog Russo on th…

Chris Mad Dog Russo on the MLB trade deadline 8-1-14

Chris Russo joined the show and discussed the crazy MLB trade deadline.

More from this show

Weei Writers