Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning, only hours after leading the Patriots to a 45-3 rout of the Jets in the battle for AFC East supremacy.
Considering his past comments about his distaste for the Jets, Brady was asked if he now felt sorry for New York following the Monday night embarrassment. "I would never, never feel sorry for the Jets. There's no chance," Brady said with a laugh. "I have a lot of old players, Patriot players and Patriot coaches, that texted me after the game last night and expressed their views on the Jets as well. There's no love lost between the current Patriots and the current Jets, or the former Patriots and the former Jets. It's such a great rivalry, and I think we bring out the best out of each other."
Brady said he wasn't able to enjoy the rout until the game ended, but even then there isn't much time to celebrate. "You know what, I don't really enjoy it until it's over," he said. "Because the whole game, you're so into it. We've got a six-touchdown lead with six minutes left and I'm still going, 'God, is there a way for them to come back?' You just never really let off the gas pedal until the game's over. But the problem is, once the game's over, we've already moved on to [focusing on] Chicago.
"So, you don't get a chance to enjoy them too often," Brady continued. "That's not the nature of it. And we're caught up in this marathon of the season. You've just got to keep plugging away. There's no doubt, it was a great night. It's a big win for us. I will say it means that we put ourselves in a pretty good position. But that really doesn't guarantee us anything. All it means is that, hey, OK, we've got a good opportunity now, let's see what we do with an opportunity.
"The guys were real excited after the game. Playing a very good team on Monday night, at home, the crowd was rocking. It was a great win for us."
Bill Belichick got an enthusiastic response from a group of players on the sideline late in the game. Brady explained what the coach's pep talk was about. Explained Brady: "He said, 'Listen, this game isn't over. We're playing for 60 minutes. I don't give a [expletive] what the score is. We're playing for 60 minutes.'
Added Brady: "That's something that we've been talking about all season. We played — like the Steelers, for example, we had a great three quarters and then didn't play well in the fourth quarter. The Colts — we had a great three quarters, didn't play well in the fourth quarter. So, even though we're playing well through three quarters in this game, it's like, 'OK, guys, this is what we've been talking about. We're not playing a great 48 minutes, 52 minutes, 59 minutes. We're playing a great 60 minutes.' That's what he was talking about."
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