Tom Brady recently wrapped an interview on WEEI, and much of what he talked about was touched on was also in Peter King’s Sports Illustrated article with the quarterback on Monday.
One of the key issues discussed throughout this offseason, leadership (or lack thereof), came up, and Brady mentioned a conversation he had with new teammate Torry Holt.
“We were talking about some of the Rams teams he played on and he said ‘You know, we just had a lot of great guys on the team.’ (I said to him) ‘to me, that’s the only way.’ Playing with a bunch of guys that you really don’t enjoy spending time with, that doesn’t last very long. When it comes down to it, games that we lose in the fourth quarter, games that we lose in the second half, or losing on the road like we did, that can be lack of trust, lack of confidence…there are a lot of issues you have when that repeats itself time and time again over the course of the season.
“Coach [Bill Belichick] always used the words ‘mentally tough’ to us. I always agree with him. When the going got tough, we didn’t get going. We weren’t really a mentally tough team last year. I think that’s been a big point of emphasis this offseason.”
Brady was asked about his comments that he and his teammates have to listen to Belichick, something he told King didn’t happen enough last year: “We do have the best coach in the history of the NFL – if he comes in on a Monday before a game and gives us six things we have to do to win, and we come in the next Monday (after the game) and we only did one of those things, that’s frustrating.” Brady did not exempt himself from that.
The quarterback reiterated his stance about working out in Los Angeles and spending time with son Jack, who lives on the West Coast. Brady said that just because he isn’t working out at Gilette Stadium does not mean he isn’t working out, and even as he travels the world with his wife, he does what he has to do in terms of working out, and can often work out more on the road.
Brady seems hopeful about Wes Welker, including him in the team’s receiving corps as though he will be available even as he works to come back from reconstructive knee surgery he had just three months ago.
“I love being with Wes [the two have thrown the ball around in California]; he’s like an old throwback. He’s a great teammate, and he works harder than anyone on the team,” Brady said. “He’s having a great rehabilitation. Nobody would ever work harder than Wes, and because of that, you get confidence. We have great depth at the receiver position now and hopefully Wes will be right in there as the leader of the pack.”