Tom Brady just wrapped his weekly chat on WEEI; here are a few highlights from the interview:
Judging by his response, Brady was surprised that his comment that the Gillette Stadium crowd should start drinking early and be as loud as possible drew the amount of attention it did:
"I hope so. I hope there was nobody that was drinking irresponsibly. I was trying to make a very subtle joke that for a guy that doesnít even drink, me, it got a lot of attention. I wonít joke like that anymore. That wasnít the best thing for me to say and I wonít say anything like that again."
On the comments of former Patriots Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison directed toward Chad Ochocinco last week:
"We all just are trying to do our jobs. I think thatís why itís so fun playing for the Patriots because all I have to do is play quarterback; I donít have to worry about coaching, I donít have to worry about the personnel, I donít have to worry about the running backs. All I have to do is play quarterback, and thatís all Iím trying to do.
"I will say this about all of those guys, whether itís Tedy making a comment, and I love Tedy, heís one of my great friends, and all those guys that have played for us. But honestly, none of those guys have any clue what theyíre talking about. Theyíre outside. Theyíre outside of the locker room. They donít know what weíre trying to accomplish. So with all due respect to them and what theyíve accomplished, like I said, I love them, but they donít know. So everybody can think what they want to think and say what they want to say, whether thatís about a receiver, a quarterback, a coach, a coaching decision, but nobody knows. The only people that it really matters to are the guys that are inside the locker room. And we support each other because we rely on each other and we count on each other. And every single guy is counted on to help us win.
"Anyone who was watching that game knew that Chad, for example, he helped us win yesterday. He made two huge plays in the game. So every single week, itís going to be different guys. Matt Slater, how many catches did he have yesterday? None. But he had the first catch of last weekís game to get us going in a tough environment in Miami, so itís going to be Ė hopefully itís going to be someone different every weekÖThatís what it takes Ė all 53 guys. And if coach Belichick didnít feel confident that you could help us win, then you wouldnít be here."
On the hit to his left (plant) knee just after halftime from the Chargers' Antonio Garay:
"Iím glad I had a knee brace on. He got me in a good spot and Iím glad the knee brace took the brunt of the forceÖwhy I never wore a knee brace before, I have no idea, and why every quarterback doesnít wear one on his left knee I have no idea. Itís so unprotected. But we were able to withstand those Ė literally and figuratively Ė those blows from San Diego and we made some good plays out there in all three phases and that we really a great complimentary game by all of us."
On his lofty stats through two games:
"Offensive football is totally complimentary and as a quarterback, youíre only as able to be as good as every guy around you Ė from the offensive line protecting you like they did yesterday to the running backs running, to the receivers and tight ends getting in the right position to catch the ball and making a great catch. All the credit is spread to every single guy on offense, thatís where it goes, thatís where it belongs, and thatís where it will be around here."
On the pass attempt for Deion Branch he put through the back of the end zone in the first half:
"Deion was trying to work his way open and I was trying to throw him open and there was someone standing between the two of us. I saw one thing and Deion saw another. What I really should have done was held onto the ball longer because I really wasn't rushed and could have been able to sort it out with another half-second and I just kind of forced it and ended up throwing it out of bounds. We had a pretty good scoring opportunity there."
His thoughts on "Bill Belichick: A Football Life":
"I watched it on Saturday, I had a little time, and I actually really enjoyed it. Itís nothing surprising to me, itís the same guy I see every day. But, you know, itís nice that he does take some time to enjoy his bye week or whatever it was and get away from football Ė thatís important for all of us, to keep our mind clear and so that we can have that drive and focus to come to work every day. Iím sure the fans really enjoyed that."