FOXBOROUGH — Patriots QB Tom Brady answered questions from reporters today in front of his locker at Gillette Stadium, and was asked what it would mean to him to throw two more touchdown passes, to set a new NFL record.
“We have a lot of records at stake, the most important one being the 16-0, and I hope we achieve that,” he said. “It would be a great feat for the team, it would be great to go down as the only team to be 16-0. That’s the goal I got in mind.”
Brady touched on how the team could make history with a win.
“I think we all realize what a win would mean, but a win’s always big,” he said. “A win is always important for us and we’ve prepared pretty hard over the last four months, as every team prepares pretty hard. Being 16-0 would be a very special achievement, one that no other team has ever achieved and we’re finally at that point.”
Brady was asked if the talk of the team going 16-0 was a distraction.
“No,” he responded. “Winning too many games, it’s a good distraction to have, I guess. I don’t think that distracts us. It’s always one-week seasons. We’ve said it all year, that we’re just focused on the team we’re playing and this week it happens to be the Giants. If we win it, we’ll be 16-0. Last week it was 15-0. The week before it was 14-0. It’s very short-term goals and hopefully at the end of the season you can look back and be very proud of what you accomplished.”
Brady also had a message for Giants coach Tom Coughlin regarding the possibility of resting some of his defensive starters.
“They’re very talented, definitely Strahan and Osi should take the weekend off,” Brady cracked. “I’d rest them, I know that, definitely would not play those two. I’m lobbying for that. Coach Coughlin, if you’re listening, definitely rest those guys [laughter].”