Tom Brady wants to throw footballs - not answer questions about the Pats dynasty, his relationship with trainer Alex Guerrero, tension with Bill Belichick, when he will retire, how he might have convinced Josh McDaniels to stay in New England or whether he wants a new contract. Brady is focused on this season and any answers to these questions might have to wait for a post-retirement book. Think a 2025 tell-all book from Brady.
Brady's press conferences used to be about 10 minutes. Now, they are about five minutes. When asked about his relationship with Coach Bill Belichick after practice Saturday Brady said he had no thoughts. Brady is a five-time Super Bowl champion and has won more Super Bowls than any quarterback in history. There is no quarterback more fun to watch and New England is lucky to have him. In 2001, Brady took over for Bledsoe for a franchise that was headed in the wrong direction. In 2000, the Pats went 5-11 - Bill Belichick's first year in New England and in 2001 Sports Illustrated predicted the Pats to finish at or near the bottom of the AFC East. Suddenly, Brady arrived on the scene and New England was a football powerhouse with five Super Bowl victories and eight Super Bowl appearances. Brady, however, acknowledged that he has other responsibilities now - like being a dad and husband which are just as important as playing QB and winning a sixth Super Bowl.
"There’s a lot of commitment and a lot of sacrifice from a lot of people that play the game. Our families, you know, they work just as hard just like every working family shares the burden at different times. It’s a full-time commitment for this team, and everyone’s got to do whatever it takes to help us win. So, I feel good, ready and trying to improve like everyone else. It’s a daily process. Football’s a very humbling sport and you never have it quite figured out. Every year, there’s different things, challenges, plays, schemes, opponents, conditions, situations, and it’s just about adapting to what you have and the situation. It’s never perfect. Hopefully there’s a lot more good than bad, but you just work it every day and try to do better each day," Brady said.
Brady ended the press conference when he was asked about a possible connection between the Edelman suspension and Alex Guerrero - calling the question "just ridiculous." Brady also declined to detail whether he had any conservations with McDaniels right after the Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles that caused McDaniels to stay in New England.
"Josh and I had a great relationship for 18 years, and he’s one of my best friends. I love working with him and we have a very special relationship that I cherish, and it’s kind of been that way for a long time. I always talk to him about everything, and like I said, he’s a great friend of mine. I love him, I love his family and we’re very close. When you work together with somebody for that long, you have a great rapport and relationship. I’m happy he’s on our team, happy he’s coaching me and I want to go out there and do well by him."
Notes: DE Trey Flowers left practice early with what appeared to be a cut on his forehead. OL Marcus Cannon returned to practice Saturday after leaving early Friday. Malcolm Mitchell, Matthew Slater, Nate Ebner, Jon Jones, and Cyrus Jones spent Saturday's practice on the warm-up field. Julian Edelman took responsibility for his actions and said he must understand the NFL's policy a little better so he is never suspended for performance enhancing drugs again. Edelman has looked great so far in training camp as he has improved his agility in the offseason. RB James White continues to impress by being in excellent shape. White, now in his fifth year, should be a great teacher for rookie RB Sonny Michel. Neither backup quarterbacks Brian Hoyer or rookie Danny Etling have looked impressive. The defense made several impressive goal line stands on Saturday. Pats President Jonathan Kraft was at practice Saturday. TE Dwayne Allen will need to do more to show he is worthy of a roster spot. OL Trent Brown has looked OK, but there is still doubt about how he can handle speedy rushers off the edge. Brown will battle rookie Isaiah Wynn for the left tackle spot to replace Nate Solder who signed a huge contract with the Giants. Look for DL Deatrich Wise to have a good second year and make a big jump. He has a quiet maturity about him and his understanding of the Pats defense has improved greatly. The Pats will practice on Sunday. Monday the Pats will practice inside Gillette Stadium for their season ticket holders.