Tom Brady, who departed after Sunday’s loss to the Texans without talking to reporters, made his weekly paid appearance on WEEI’s “Dennis and Callahan” show this morning. Adam Kilgore has a full post on Brady’s comments regarding injured wide receiver Wes Welker here. Below are a few more comments from the Patriots quarterback during the 24-minute interview.
On why he wasn’t in for the final drive of the game:
Brady: “Well, coach had talked about through the week that Brian [Hoyer] was going to get some experience this game. So that was good experience for him. Good experience in the second quarter, good experience during the game. Yeah . . . it was kind of one of those situations where we wanted to see how he did in there.”
On why he was pulled with less than two minutes to play and the outcome still in the balance after he had played most of the game:
Brady: “Like I said, guys, there’s a lot of things that come up over the course of the game or over the course of the season that are really unexpected, and [Belichick] wants to see how different guys respond. He put [Hoyer] in there for his first snap of the game on the 1-yard line, backed up. That’s pretty tough, and I went over, I said, ‘Are you sure you want this to be his first play?’ We had gone into the game knowing this was going to happen. Bill said, ‘Brian’s going to go in there at some point and we’re going to see how he does.’ I said, ‘No problem.’ That’s a great idea. As a rookie quarterback, I wish I was able to do that.’ That was just what [Bill] wanted to see. Different guys rotated in and out on offense and defense throughout the day. A lot of guys got a lot of good experience in there.
“You know, coach said it right after the game. He said, “OK, that game’s over. We’re moving on.”
On whether the hit in took from Houston defensive end Mario Williams on his late interception was the reason he was removed:
Brady: “I think we went into that game trying to win that game. But . . . you want to win every game of course, but at the same time, if that game meant more to us that it did, some things might have been done differently. So I don’t think anyone’s hanging their hat on the fact that we didn’t come out of there with a victory. I think we all feel real confident in what we would have done had we sold out to win the game. Of course we sell out to win the game, but in terms of certain plays you would have called differently that you may want to hold for the playoffs, or certain plays that we practiced all week in practice that we weren’t going to use in the game . . . you know, it’s an interesting game for us yesterday, but like I said, I don’t think a whole lot of people lost sleep last night that we came out of the game, other than what happened to Wes. But we’re really in the same place we’d be had we won the game.”
On whether he knew he was coming back into the game after he was pulled in the first half:
Brady: “Yeah, I did . . . I went over [to Belichick] kind of midway through that drive when Brian was in and said, ‘What do you think about putting me back in now?’ And he said, ‘You’re not going back in until after the half.’ And at that point, I said, ‘OK, no problem.’ “
On whether he asked Belichick if he could go back in for the final drive:
Brady: “Sure. Like I said, if there was a real strong conviction for us to go out there and win that game, then we would have. But whether we were the third seed or the fourth seed, or whether Cincy wins or loses, I think at the end of the day, all of that stuff was so undecided anyway, they’re going to be out there rushing, and Randy’s out there running routes . . . I mean, if we were selling out, I would have been in there. But we weren’t, and we said, ‘OK, that’s the game,’ and we’re moving on to our next opponent.”