Coming off a long weekend coach Bill Belichick gave his players, Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on WEEI a short while ago.
Of course, the comments of Jets' head coach Rex Ryan from last week, when Ryan said Brady doesn't study as much as the Colts' Peyton Manning does, were at the top of the discussion.
On Ryan's comments:
Brady: "I’ve heard … yeah, that was…everyone is entitled to their opinion. Maybe he’s right. He’s a good coach, so I’ll just keep getting ready like we’ve done all year and get ready for Sunday night. It's an exciting week for us, I think everyone is in [preparation] mode, it will be a tough game. I'm excited to play the Jets again."
Do comments like that motivate or aggravate him?
Brady: "I don’t think anything of the above. I don’t think anything people say bothers me over the years; people have had their opinion over the years and I feel really confident with our team and the way team our prepares each week and I’m sure we’ll be prepared going into this game on Sunday. The only thing I care about is us being ready to play on Sunday. He does what he needs to do and we do what we need to do."
So you weren't motivated by Steeler Anthony Smith's comments a couple of years ago?
Brady: "You’re motivated by different things. We’re at the point in this year where we're motivated by much more than what people might say to us. We have great opportunity to play a division rival at home in the biggest game of the year. There will be a lot of hype and buildup, and the reality of it is none of it matters. You cut right to it – there’s going to be a lot of things said this week and none of it matters…"
On Ryan's assertion he gets help from Bill Belichick (but Peyton doesn't get much help from his coaches
Brady: "I get a ton of help from our coaches. Of course we do. I think we have the best coach in the history of football…we use whatever we can to get ready to play and the guys that are on this team buy into what our coaches teach us. Coach comes in every Wednesday -- Tuesday this week -- and tells us what to do to win and he’s right almost every time."
The advantages of the bye week for New England
Brady: "Well I think you can sit back and really…you can really get a jump-start on the opponents. I think the coaches and some of the players got a good jump on any of the three teams we could have faced as well as look at what we do and what’s worked well…everyone’s trying to get to the stuff that they do best this time of season. We need to continue to be balanced on offense, the execution in the passing game can always be better. We spent two days out there, two days of intesnse, training camp-like practices getting ready for this opponent. The Jets have done that (improved) – they’re a better team this Monday than they were last Monday and we (wanted to do the same)."
Whether the Pats' 45-3 win on Dec. 6 plays a role in Sunday's game
Brady: "Well, you know, I don’t think it’s going to have any bearing on what happens this morning. The whole team talking - that doesn’t mean anything. To me it’s just a lot more hype than it is substance, we can sit here and make a bunch of predicitions…We let our play do our talking. It was the same thing before the last game (with all of the hype). We’re going to see who’s ready to play, and we’re not going ot buy into that. We’re going to prepare hard like we always do."
How much of the Jets' win over the Colts he watched -- Brady and his wife went to see "Lombardi" on Broadway on Saturday night
Brady: "I saw the second half of the game, I got home and watched the second half. I get very anxious watching those games, and I was pissed that I watched it because I didn’t go to sleep until 3:30 in the morning, I get all riled up and root for a team to win. I’ve seen that game...I was checking my Blackberry from time to time, (the play) was something we knew we were going to be there. I got suckered into watching second half (of Jets-Colts) by my two best friends."