Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning and talked about Wes Welker's devastating knee injury. "You can't replace him. There's no doubt about that," Brady said. "There's nobody that can substitute in for Wes and think that they're going to be Wes. He's everything you ask for. He's an incredible player and leader. As football goes, it's kind of the way it works, unfortunately. We've got to move on, we've got to go out there and play, and everyone in different areas has to pick it up."
Brady said the Patriots might be able to get some small benefit from the injury when they face the Ravens in Sunday's playoff game. "We're going to evolve a little bit as an offense now," Brady said. "It was a very Wes Welker-oriented offense. And now, maybe part of the advantage is Baltimore doesn't really know what they're going to see from us now. We're going to have to shift focus. They're really not sure where that focus is going to go."
As for criticism of Bill Belichick for starting Brady vs. the Texans, pulling him in the second quarter, returning him to the game in the second half and then pulling him for the final drive in a close game, Brady said it was all planned. "Coach had talked about throughout the week that Brian [Hoyer] was going to get some experience in this game," Brady said. "That was good experience for him. It was good experience for him in the second quarter, good experience for him at the end of the game. Just kind of one of those situations where I think he wanted to see how he did in there."
Added Brady: "You want to win every game, of course. At the same time, if that game meant something more to us than it did, then obviously things would have done things differently."
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