FOXBOROUGH — The conversation about the Colts has shifted from Peyton Manning to young gun Andrew Luck, but for Tom Brady, it’s all about the Colts defense.
“My focus has been on what that defense does,” the Patriots star quarterback said during his Q&A session at Gillette Stadium this afternoon. “It’s always the Colts defense and it’s always centered around two players and those two guys are still there. That’s really the challenge for us this week, is trying to figure out how to block that entire front. There are a lot of different looks from the last time we played them, trying to understand the scheme and how they’re doing things but they’re good and they really rush the passer and that’s a big challenge.”
As far as Luck goes, Brady’s not sure he’ll introduce himself to the rookie quarterback before the game.
“I don’t know,” Brady said. “We’ll see. Usually I don’t go out too early anymore. I tend to just keep to myself.”
Brady talked about what it’s like to be a rookie in the National Football League.
“It’s always challenging for those rookies,” Brady said. “As a rookie, I was like fourth-string and eating nachos before the game in the stands. There wasn’t much of me thinking of playing. I always admire those rookies who can do it because it is such a challenge, whether you’re a defensive end like Chandler Jones, or Dont’a Hightower or Andrew Luck or any of these rookies who really play a big role for a certain team. It’s a real credit to them and their ability to transition and focus on all these new things that have really come about and go out there and play well.”
Brady was asked about how much confidence he gained in his first start for the Patriots, which was a 44-13 victory against the Colts in Foxborough back in 2001.
“I don’t remember that long ago,” Brady said. “It doesn’t seem like that long ago but it does. But hopefully everyone improves over the course of a season, whether you’re a young player or a veteran player, that’s the goal. I feel like today, had a very good practice and now finally you really start to feel like you’re in the middle, it took however many games – four preseason and nine regular season and you’ve played 13 games – and you’re like, ‘Now I really start feeling good out there on every play.’ It’s just part of the NFL season.”
Brady said he had a lot more time than Luck to observe an NFL offense in action before taking the helm.
“I had quite a few, 18 months, to develop camaraderie with the guys that I played with and it was a lot of time and practice and extra coaching sessions and so forth,” Brady said. “For those rookies, coming right from college to this position is very challenging.”