FOXBOROUGH -- With the Patriots not playing a game this weekend courtesy of their playoff bye, they'll have the opportunity to watch their upcoming opponent on television during wild-card weekend. Two games -- Chiefs at Colts, and Chargers at Bengals -- will determine which team visits Gillette Stadium for the Jan. 11 divisional-round game.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said after practice Wednesday that he might watch the two AFC games this weekend. Or, he might not.
"I’ve done both, I’ve watched and I haven’t watched," Brady said. "Sometimes you get really riled up watching the game and you start cheering for teams to win or lose.
"You don’t want to ride the wave, so I’ll use my time as best as possible to prepare myself. Whatever it needs to be, that’s what it will be."
Brady also addressed a few other topics, both on-field and off, and current and former Patriots offensive coordinators.
On former offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, who reportedly will become the Texans new coach after spending five seasons with the Patriots, and the past two at Penn State: "That was a long time ago. Truthfully, I’m just trying to stay focused on this week, and you know, that’s probably not in my thought process right now."
On current offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who has been given permission to interview with the Browns for their head coaching vacancy: "I’m not surprised by much anymore in the NFL. He’s a great coach, and I said the other day he’s one of my best buds, and I’ve been around him for a long time so I know him pretty well. I’m glad he’s my coach."
When asked if he's saddened that McDaniels might leave, and that it's a scenario he's encountered before, Brady said, "Yeah, multiple times, but it’s a credit to those guys and what they’ve accomplished, and it’s a very flattering thing that other people are interested.
"They’ll make their decision based on whatever they’ll make their decision. I’ve still got to go out there and do my job, which is ultimately what I owe this team, what I signed up for, what I promised Mr. Kraft when I signed my contract, what I commit to [Bill] Belichick and all my teammates.
"It doesn’t matter who’s coaching or who’s running routes or who’s handing the ball off to, or who’s blocking, or who’s playing defense, I’ve got to go do my job, so that’s where my focus is."