While the sideline spat between Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien in yesterday’s win over the Redskins may have shocked some fans, Brady was pretty glad it happened.
“He and I have a great relationship, and I love that he feels that he can coach me, and I think that’s something that as a veteran player, you maybe don’t get a lot from coaches. Because you’re a veteran, you don’t think oh man, I can’t be yelled at, but you can, and you should. We’re all held accountable,” Brady said this morning on his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan program.
“When things don’t go so well, we’re both very emotional people, and when things don’t go well, everyone gets frustrated,” Brady said. “There’s different ways that we express our frustration, and when I make a play like that at the end of the game that’s not what he expects, or any player or coach expects, and that’s just part of the game.”
Other highlights from the interview:
On the Patriots’ offense needing to score at least 30 points to win:
“I wish yesterday we scored in the mid-40s, that’s what I really wish we did. We had opportunities to do it, and the only people that have really stopped us are ourselves and our mistakes and the things that we’re really not playing up to our level of expectation. It’s something that we talk about every week, and something that we just got to do a better job at, because we sit here at 10-3, and yeah, we’re in a good position, but we’ve got to really start playing our best brand of football right now.”
On the high visibility of the sideline argument:
“Hopefully my mom wasn’t trying to read my lips. It’s so emotional, when you get caught up in a game like that, and the tensions run high and there’s pressure on every play, that’s what happens. Certainly when I miss plays and miss throws that really could help us take control of the game, I get very frustrated, and I think that frustration comes out in different ways.”
On tight-end Rob Gronkowski’s record-setting season:
“Since the day he got here, he’s trended upwards every day. He never really makes the same mistake twice, so as a young player, you have a lot of good plays and then you have a lot of bad plays really just because of a lack of experience, but then as you make mistakes and you learn from those mistakes, you make improvements, and he’s never really regressed.”
On facing the Broncos in Denver in the next game:
“The years I’ve played out there, maybe the first five minutes of the game you feel a little bit of the mile-high air, but after that it’s football. They’re playing very well, obviously they’ve won a bunch of games. All of us were watching the [Broncos-Bears] game last night on the airplane, just as we were taking off was when they came back and won the game. It was an exciting game. They obviously have a very good team. They play for 60 minutes. They’ve obviously closed a lot of games and finished very well. We’ve got a huge test.”