He don’t need no stinkin’ rest.
If the Broncos fall to the Bengals in Cincinnati tonight — which would ensure home field advantage for the Patriots throughout the postseason — don’t look for Tom Brady to take a seat on the sidelines Sunday when the Bills come to town for what would be a meaningless game in the standings.
In his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan show Monday, Brady said he’s not concerned about resting for the playoffs the way the offense has been playing of late.
“After the last few weeks of football, I’d love to go out there and see if our offense can put together the best 60 minutes of football that we’ve put together in a long time,” Brady said. We’ve been up and down as of late. We’ve got to start really putting some great football together here in [this] next [game]. We got the bye so we’ve got to be able to win this week and then we get the bye and then play at home and we take care of business. Hopefully we can take care of business the first week of the playoffs and go from there… Everything’s ahead of us. It’s amazing you can play 15 games and nothing’s decided, everything’s ahead of you. That’s the way the NFL is.”
Brady admitted his banged up teammates could use some time to heal up if the Broncos lose tonight.
“There’s a lot of guys that could probably use a little time off,” he said. “But at the same time, this is football season and you play through whatever you got and you deal with those things when your season ends. All those things are coach’s decisions. I want us to go out and win, that’s what I want. I don’t care about resting. I want to go out there and try to kick some butt. That’s what I want to do.”
Brady — who was sacked four times in the first half of Sunday’s 17-16 win over the Jets, completed 23-of-35 passes for just 182 yards to go with a touchdown and an interception. He spoke about the ongoing struggles against the Jets over the last several games against the division rivals.
“I think the last four games we’ve played against them we haven’t played very well, and they’ve all kind of come down to the last possession,” Brady said. “So, it’s frustrating to be in those situations where we’re just not playing to the way that we’re capable. But it’s also hard to win in the NFL and it’s hard to win on the road against a good division rival. It was a great win for our team and I thought our defense really made some huge plays. We made a couple plays there in the second half to help us win, but I would [have] loved to have played a lot better in the first half and put a lot of pressure on those guys. But they did a good job kind of keeping us off balance and ended up making it a pretty tough game.”
Brady spoke about what the Jets do differently to continually frustrate the Patriots offense.
“They got a good team,” he said. “They got a good defensive front. They put pressure on the quarterback. They’ve got good guys in the middle of the defense that get things coordinated. They’ve got a good scheme and they keep you off balance. They give you a lot of looks, and we know them really well. They’ve been in a lot of close games with us, so they have a lot of confidence they can play us well. And certainly after the first half, us being down 10-7, they feel like they’re in the game and they got a great chance to win.
“I know their record was what it was, but they certainly played their best yesterday. When you watch them play the Bills and get beat by 38 points, I don’t really think we played the same team. We kind of sputtered early and gave them a lot of confidence, and that’s never a great thing to do… I’m glad we made some pretty key plays there in the fourth quarter.”
Jets coach Rex Ryan acknowledged that the Jets always play the Patriots tough.
“I don’t know if you can control Brady; I don’t know if that’s really possible,’’ Ryan said. “If not, we’re always the team that gives him the biggest challenge, whether he admits it or not.
“We don’t just give him the same picture down after down. He’ll kill you if you do. I think the pass rush, we turned them loose a little more. I think that helped us out. I felt a huge advantage for us was the defensive line. I think we play defense a lot different than most teams in the league; it’s not the standard defense.’’
More from Brady’s Q&A today with D&C follows:
On the Jets aggressive pass rush throwing the Patriots offense off its game
“I think it’s a communication issue. You always kind of find that when you play those guys. They got a lot of hybrid types, so they’ve got guys that can drop, they got guys that can rush. It’s technical, but basically they all line up on the left and then at the snap of the ball they all run out of there and everyone blitzes on the right. Or they all line up on the right and everyone blitzes on the left. They just do a good job of kind of disguising some things, and then you’re kind of prepared for these blitzes and then they just give you a regular defense. And then you just settle in on a regular defense and then they give you another blitz. They do a really good job of kind of spinning the dial on you and then when they don’t, they’ve got good enough players on the front that can cause disruption…”
On Julian Edelman’s role in reading the blitz
“Julian’s become really one of our most dependable players, if not our most dependable player. So when you remove that, whoever you put in there, and it doesn’t matter who you put in there, we have confidence in all the guys that go in there, but you take away your most dependable guy, there’s a reason why Julian plays as much as he does, because he’s always doing the right thing, he’s always lined up in the right spot, he understands the urgency and the timing in the passing game, he’s got great anticipation. He and I have played so much football together that there’s things that you can talk about over the course of the week, and then when the game happens those things kind of get thrown out and you react and you anticipate and you become a football player. And Julian’s really that kind of player.
On Danny Amendola’s contribution Sunday
Danny’s always had a role and a lot of the plays Danny made yesterday, he’s obviously so capable of making. He made some really good ones. As a unit, we gotta be able to run the ball, we’ve got to be able to play action pass, we gotta be able to spread teams out, we’ve got to be able to convert third downs, score in the red area. All those things play a factor in scoring points. And when your communication isn’t great, you make a lot of unforced errors, and it’s even harder to score points especially when you got to go 80 yards.
On his relationship with Rex Ryan
“I’ve never thought about [if I like him as a person]. I never really thought about that. I think he’s a great coach. I have a lot of respect for him. I don’t know him as a person. I know the players that have played for him really play hard for him. So, I don’t know him personally at all…”
“I walked out of our locker room and I was going into the media room, and he was just walking by. So, I didn’t see him [on the field] after the game, so I just shook his hand and wished him luck.”
On which receiver has complained the most to him about not getting the ball
“It’s a good thing when they want the ball. I would say Julian’s a little bit of a complainer, but in a good way. When they want the ball, it’s a good thing when they want the ball. You don’t want someone that’s going to defer to all of the other guys. But it’s also a problem when a guy’s like, ‘I was wide open, it would have been a touchdown,’ then you watch the film next day and there’s three guys on him. Then I’m going like, ‘What are you talking about?’ So, they lose a little bit of credibility when that comes up.”