Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Kirk & Callahan Monday morning to discuss Sunday’s 26-10 win over the Rams, which was win No. 201 for his career, among other things related to the team. To hear the interview, visit the K&C audio on demand page.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Kirk & Callahan Monday morning to discuss Sunday’s 26-10 win over the Rams, which was win No. 201 for his career, among other things related to the team. To hear the interview, visit the K&C audio on demand page.

Even though the Patriots were leading 26-3 in the fourth quarter and in total control of the game, Brady remained on the field and backup Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t play a single snap.

The quarterback explained why he was still on the field so late in the game.

“All these games are close. I know yesterday, 26-3 at one point, but we’re playing for a lot here,” Brady said. “I don’t think it’s ever right to take your foot off the gas pedal. We could use as many reps as possible, all the guys out there. There are different situations that come up in every game. You only get 16 weeks a year to try them out. You try them in practice, but there’s not the speed. There’s not the urgency. It’s not the decision-making because it’s unscripted. In practice you go and talk about these are the plays you’re going to run, these are the defenses you can get.

“Then you go into the game and they it’s all about decision-making really under pressure with everything on the line, so the more reps you can get with Malcolm [Mitchell] and [Chris] Hogan and Martellus [Bennett], guys that I haven’t played with, the better it gets.

“Gronk has been a huge part of what we do. He’s been the focal point of our offense since he got here and it’s always more challenging when you don’t have that caliber of a player, but we’re still going to be able to find ways to move the ball down the field. That’s what our job is and I know Josh [McDaniels] takes a lot of pride in that. No one wants to throw in the towel and we’re not going to do that. We’re going to keep fighting and find ways to move the ball down the field and score points.”

With the win, Brady passed Peyton Manning for the most wins all-time by a NFL quarterback. Brady said Manning reached out to him after the game with a note, but he didn’t hear anything from Roger Goodell, noting he doesn’t hear from the league.

Brady said he wasn’t aware of the record until this season, but noted once again it isn’t so much about him, but the teams he has been on.

“It was definitely this season. It wasn’t even going into the season. I didn’t think about it. I still really don’t think about these types of things,” Brady said. “I think because we’re still so much in the middle of it. It’s not like we have time to reflect and think about a great statistic or a great record or something like that because you’re focused each week on what you’re trying to do and you’re not thinking about anything that you try to think about more when you’re retired. It is cool to have so many people congratulate me and I’ve said it before, but they are always team records to me. There’s nothing you can do in football as an individual.

“It’s all about the collective effort and to be apart of so many great teams and great coaches, it’s been a privilege for me. It’s been a privilege to play for this team for as long as I have and there’s nothing I love doing like playing football and getting ready to play football. Outside of my family, that’s where all my energy goes. It’s very rewarding when it pays off in winning because that is what we’re all trying to accomplish and I have a lot of people around me that support me that are just as committed as I am. I really share in those experiences with everyone else and that is really how I feel.”

On Saturday night, the Patriots honored the 2001 Super Bowl team with a function at the stadium. Brady stopped by, but couldn’t stay long because of the game and then was spotted getting to Gillette Stadium just after 8 a.m. Sunday morning. The quarterback said he has no regrets because playing and preparing for games is what he loves to do and he can enjoy himself after he retires.

“No, it’s not for me because I think there will be a time to sit back and reflect and enjoy those experiences,” he said. “I take them for what they are. All those guys at those parties, they aren’t playing the next day. It is important for me to get my rest. It was nice to see a lot of the guys that I played with, but I couldn’t stay that long because my meetings finished at 8:30 at night and I wanted to stop in because it’s important for me to see those guys. Mr. Kraft, he put on a great event and I wanted to make sure I was supportive of that, but I wanted to get home and to get to bed. Then to get up the next day and to be focused on the game, that’s where my energy was at. It’s not a sacrifice because I love it. At the end of the day I love what I do. I love the experiences that I’ve had. That is what I enjoy.

“I always feel my motivation is that I could have, should have done better. After every game that is what I think. ‘God, I could have done this. I should have done this.’ I think it’s a little maniacal because you deal with so much stuff, sometimes the games, there’s a lot of imperfection in football and there’s a lot of imperfection of what you do out there, especially when you’re making split-second decisions. It’s gratifying to come out of a game and go, ‘Man, that was pretty good game’ That’s happened, definitely. That is what you’re always trying to strive for. For me, I just want to try and put myself in that position every week to be the best I can be for my team.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

On congratulatory video from Brett Favre: “I did, a friend sent it to me. We were in touch this week a few times just with a couple of things that we were talking about football-wise. We exchanged some text messages, too. He’s a great guy. He’s someone I’ve always looked up to. He played the game — there’s nobody physically or mentally tougher than that guy and endured the streak that he had. It was incredible. I’ve always really looked up to him. It was really cool.”

On hit from safety T.J. McDonald, which Brady appeared irked at on the field: “I think it was pretty emotional. I didn’t see the replay yet, but he made a good clean hit. They were blitzing us. I knew we didn’t have him picked up and he put a little extra something on.”

On if he worries about taking hits late in games with score being lopsided: “No. I don’t because I think — I said to my wife as I was driving home, she was like, ‘What was that?’ She wants to know about all these things and I was like, ‘I think it is all fair on the football field.’ You put yourself out there. You’re up 20, you’re down 20. Everyone is playing hard and whatever happens out there is on the football field. I don’t think it was a dirty play. Guys love going in there and hitting the quarterback. They’ve been trained to hit the quarterback their entire careers, especially on defense. They get paid more hitting the quarterback. Their team is 4-8 so they are going to play hard till the end no matter what. They haven’t been in a lot of games this year so they are going to play hard to try and set them up for next year. I had no problem with that hit. I thought it was a real clean play. I was pretty pissed off for the most part yesterday because we weren’t executing as well as we could and that probably had something to do with it as well.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

On Sunday against the Rams, Tom Brady won his 201st career game, passing Peyton Manning for the most all-time by a NFL quarterback.

Of the 201, there have been some special ones, including four Super Bowls.

Monday morning on Kirk & Callahan, Brady was asked which won had the most meaning to him and he said beating the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.

Of his 201 wins, Tom Brady said beating the Seahawks in the Super Bowl was the most memorable. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Of his 201 wins, Tom Brady said beating the Seahawks in the Super Bowl was the most memorable. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

On Sunday against the Rams, Tom Brady won his 201st career game, passing Peyton Manning for the most all-time by a NFL quarterback.

Of the 201, there have been some special ones, including four Super Bowls.

Monday morning on Kirk & Callahan, Brady was asked which won had the most meaning to him and he said beating the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.

“One win? Probably the Seahawks Super Bowl,” Brady said. “Just because it was so long — three of the first four years I played to win, it was so strange. I don’t want to say you took it for granted, but you took it for granted. Just kind of, ‘Yeah, we’re going to be in the playoffs every year and we’re going to the Super Bowl every year. It’s like what is the big deal? Our season always ends in February anyway.’ Then to go that long without winning another one and to realize, ‘Man, this is so hard every year.’ In ’07 we had an incredible season and 2010 we had a great year and didn’t win it. 2011 we get to the Super Bowl and didn’t win it. Then ’12 and ’13 and finally to get there in ’14 and win it all again we just and incredible feeling against a team that I thought was one of the best teams we’ve ever played against.

“That was probably the one that sinks in the most when I think about. It was a great team. It was a great game. It was the biggest moment. Our team came through. That’s my Malcolm has the truck, thank god for Malcolm Butler.”

Brady won the MVP of the game as he had one of the best fourth quarters in Super Bowl history to lead the Patriots from 10 points down to the win. The quarterback finished the game 37-for-50 passing with 328 yards.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Chris Long and the Patriots defense have played its three best games of the season the last three weeks.</p>
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Tom Brady eyes Julian Edelman downfield in the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Rams. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)FOXBORO — The junior varsity portion of the Patriots’ schedule is finished.



FOXBORO — Bill Belichick didn’t need to go all David Ortiz – or Troy Brown – for that matter in recalling the 2001 Patriots after Sunday’s 26-10 win over the Rams at Gil

Dec 4, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick looks on as his team improved to 10-2 Sunday in a win against the Rams. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Bill Belichick didn’t need to go all David Ortiz – or Troy Brown – for that matter in recalling the 2001 Patriots after Sunday’s 26-10 win over the Rams at Gillette Stadium.

Still, Belichick’s G-rated version of praise for the team that started all the winning of the past two decades was heartfelt.

Belichick was asked about his special feelings of appreciation for the Saturday night banquet that owner Robert Kraft threw for the 40-some members of the 2001 team that beat the Rams, 20-17, in Super Bowl XXXVI.

“Very special, absolutely. That was a great night for a couple of hours just to be able to see those guys again,” Belichick said. “A lot of them looked good. A lot of them looked like they could still play a couple of downs anyway. It was a lot of fun. It was great to see them. It was just a great opportunity to enjoy each other and reflect back on a great year.

“I would say not only what they did for the Patriots and the program and this organization but it was kind of a springboard for Boston sports over that decade. Not that we had anything to do with the Red Sox or the Celtics or the Bruins or anything else, but it was just the first one of many with those three great organizations. You kind of feel proud that we were the first one and that they all followed. And the [Boston] Cannons – throw them in there, too.”

Naturally, Belichick would include a lacrosse team in his historical reference.

Before Adam Vinatieri’s 48-yarder split the uprights in New Orleans, the city of Boston hadn’t celebrated a major championship since the Celtics won their 16th NBA title in 1986. The Bruins hadn’t won since 1972. The Red Sox were still mired in the 1918 Curse of the Bambino. And the Patriots, well they of course had never won it all.

Can the ’01 team (5-5 at one point) possibly inspire his current 10-2 Patriots?

“Well, every team is its own team, so there will never be another team like that one. There will never be another team like this one. It will be unique, but there’s certainly a good message there. I talked to the team a little bit about what that team did and how special they were. When I think back to that team, what they did was hard. It was really hard. With the way the season started and just what we had to go through, I’d say the way that team was coached, relative to the way some other teams had been coached.

“We had a lot of work to do. We had lot of I’d say foundation to build, a lot of structure to implement. But they didn’t blink. They responded to it. They met every challenge. They didn’t always come out on the winning end but we battled. We took some tough, tough losses – Miami in particular. After we beat Indianapolis I kind of thought we were getting back on track a little bit at 2-1 or 1-2. We quickly went to 1-3 down there so that was a hammering. But like I said, that team battled through.

“They battled through a tough loss to the Rams on Sunday Night and then won the rest of them. Not necessarily with a lot of style points but with enough game points at the end to be champions. It was pretty special. But yeah, I’m sure our guys respect what they do, love to hear it. They’ve heard about a lot of those guys, not so much from the ’01 team, [but] the ’01 team that also won ’03 and ’04 teams, so [Tedy] Bruschi and [Willie] McGinest, guys like that; Troy Brown. But there were some guys that were eon the ’01 team that didn’t play on the ’02 or ’03 or ’04 teams. I said it kind of makes them part of that special group.”

Did you know that ’01 team was special when they were 5-5 through 10 games?

“I think at that point, no. Every year is kind of like this. I think at that point we were 5-5. We were just trying to get to 6-5. When we were 6-5 we were just trying to get to 7-5. We just try to have one good day, try to have two good days, try to have a good week, try to play good, and start all over again. That team kept just believing in itself. We kept playing. Again, every game was a tough game other than the Carolina game at the end. The Miami game, that was really for the division and as it turns out a first-round bye.

“Each of those games, the Miami game and then Oakland, to Pittsburgh, to St. Louis – I mean, we were just trying to find a way to win. We didn’t really think of ourselves as anything special. I don’t think that really happened until really kind of it was all over. We were just trying to find a way to compete and find a way to win.

“I still think it’s pretty interesting how the NFL schedule gave us a bye the last week of the season, like, ‘You guys will be out of it so you can go ahead and start your vacation early. Go ahead on home.’ I think that certainly surprised them, surprised the schedule makers. Of course we ended up having to play because of the 9/11 game that got postponed with Carolina in Week 2. When the schedule came out and we saw that our bye was the last week of the season – I’m sure we didn’t follow along to the script that they had written for us but that’s all right.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia
Butch Stearns joins Glenn and Fred to react to the Patriots victory over the Rams. They discuss Tom Brady's record setting 201st quarterback victory and debate if he is truly the greatest player of all time.
Glenn and Fred open the show reacting to the Patriots beat down of the Los Angeles Rams. They discuss the defense and debate whether todays game is a sign of things to come.