Patriots quarterback Tom Brady touched on a number of topics during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan show, including Bill Belichick’s willingness to be part of an NFL Films documentary, the coach’s philosophy on sharing information via the media, the team’s preparation for the opening game in Miami, and his thoughts on the possibility of throwing the ball to old friend Randy Moss again.
Brady spoke about a report from West Virginia that Moss may consider a return to the NFL if the Patriots were the team interested in his services.
“You never know in the NFL,” Brady said when asked if he’d be surprised to find himself throwing to Moss again. “I talked to Randy just before training camp started. I love Randy, one of the greatest receivers in the history of the game. One of the greatest players I’ve ever had the chance to play with, and I love the guy, so. Unfortunately I don’t make personnel decisions. I’d still have all my friends here. Troy [Brown] would still here here. David Patten would still be here. Deion [Branch] would never have left, but I’ve seen so many guys move on over the years, and then guys come back, so who knows? You never know what the situation will be next week for that matter…”
“I can’t get into his brain at all but I love the guy. He’s a friend of mine. If he ever did have the opportunity to come back, I’d certainly welcome him with open arms.”
More from Brady’s Q&A session:
On Bill Belichick participating in the NFL Films documentary “A Football Life:”
Brady: “In being around him for a while and with the comment he made to the team. He really has a great deal of respect for NFL Films, and Ed Sabol and Steve Sabol, what they’ve done for the league, so it’s hard when they request something that you don’t agree to it because of the level of detail that goes into it, how they produce it, the way that it’s shot is always to make the NFL come out looking great…
“He said it was a historic year for him in terms of coaching (35th season in the NFL), a historic year for the Patriots (50th season for the team), so those two things combined helped make the decision a little bit easier for him.”
On the preview of the film that shows Brady making a suggestion to Belichick about running a particular play, and the coach saying it was a good idea:
Brady: “That was probably the last time I heard him say that’s a good idea (joking), We always have a great exchange of information and I think those meetings that he and I have are very helpful to me, they have been back going back to when he was coaching the quarterbacks when coach [Dick] Rehbein passed away in 2001…
“He enjoys coaching the quarterbacks. He enjoys coaching the cornerbacks, everybody so, he’s got so much information that when you’re in meeting with him that’s all you do, you take down notes and you listen to what he’s saying, you listen to his perspective, and ultimately you try to incorporate whatever he says into what you’re trying to do out there.”
On what the players see from Belichick that no one else does:
Brady: “He never wants to give away information that’s going to help another team, so whether that’s injuries, whether that’s game planning, whether that’s what his thoughts on particular player are. He never wants to put us at a disadvantage, so with us, it’s the total opposite of what the people in the media get when they ask him a question because he doesn’t want to tell you. With us he tells us everything.
“It’s just part of his philosophy and that’s really what he preaches to us, ‘Guys, we’re not talking about injuries, we’re not talking about game plan, we’re not talking about scheme, we’re not talking about what position we’re going to play this year. Let them figure it out… we never want to go into a game tipping our hand and that’s what he preaches to us, and that’s how he approaches it himself.”
On newly-acquired guard Brian Waters and his offensive line:
Brady: “That whole front five that we have, the nastier they are, the more intimidating they are. Logan [Mankins] doesn’t take crap from anybody and neither does Matt Light. He was throwing punches at [Miami linebacker] Channing Crowder a few years ago. And Brian’s been the same way over the course of his career, so look, they have an edge to them and I think that’s what makes those guys successful. When they take the field, they don’t take any crap. They play til the echo of the whistle and that’s how I think they need to play, and that’s how they get their edge. The more physical we can be up front, the more aggressive we can be up front, there’s no getting around that with an offensive line when those guys are aggressive, and tough, and physical.”
On preparing for Game 1 taking place Monday night in Miami:
Brady: “In the preseason games, you probably watch over the course of the week, an hour of film on the opponent. You don’t get much of a feel for their players or scheme. You just kind of see some real basic things about them, you talk about them very basically and playing the Dolphins this week, I’ve gone back gone back through the last few years of notes that I’ve taken, I’ve seen nine games. You take all these notes, get into the details of the coverages, the details of the palyers. It’s a ton. It’s very, very different [from the preseason]. Every play that we’re going to run this week has a specific reason.”