Tom Brady and Richard Seymour spent eight seasons together in New England as two important parts of the core that won three Super Bowls for the Patriots. So when New England traded Seymour to the Oakland Raiders over the weekend, perhaps no one had a closer perspective on the situation than Brady.
Brady told WEEI in Boston during an interview Tuesday that losing Seymour is part of the reality of the NFL.
“Things change very fast,” Brady told The Dennis and Callahan Show. “They change for all of us. They changed for me quite a bit last year in the first regular-season game. They changed for Richard. They changed for guys this past weekend. And the reality is you have to learn to adjust. That’s just the way it is. Football is unconditional love. It’s tough in a lot of ways because you develop relationships with your teammates, and these are your friends and your family. You spend more time with these guys than you do with your own family.”
Brady was posed an interesting question on how the trade would impact the Patriots. Ideally, in a perfect world, how players view the organization or go about their jobs would remain unchanged. But in reality, is there a lasting impact?
Brady toed the company line in his response, but during a long answer, he offered some insight as to how Seymour’s former teammates might view the circumstances.
“Our goals are the team goals,” Brady responded. “At the same time, you have to understand that what’s best for the team isn’t always what’s best for you as a player. It’s a real fine line because you want to feel the commitment and loyalty to the team. But you have to understand it doesn’t go both ways, and that’s OK. We’re getting a lot out of it as well. I think having the opportunity to win, the opportunity to play and improve as a player, those are all things — being in the situation we are with the Patriots — there’s nothing else you can really ask for.”
Brady, who didn’t offer up much on his personal feelings on the trade, other than to call it “unexpected,” said he has confidence in the moves made by coach Bill Belichick because of his track record.
“He’s an incredible coach, and he’s an incredible motivator,” Brady said. “He’s able to get everybody to buy in to what’s best for the team. I think over the years, I’ve gained so much confidence in what he does because they turn out right. The decisions turn out right. What he says usually happens, whether it’s on the field or off the field.”