Brady: Patriots weren’t ‘mentally tough’ team last year

Patriots QB Tom Brady is typically very adept at saying quite a bit while not divulging┬ámuch, but he conducted a very informative interview Wednesday morning on Boston’s WEEI-AM. Here are a few highlights of his 30-minute interview with hosts Dennis & Callahan:

  • On the┬ábalance between fatherhood and football. “It’s something that’s tough for me, because part of being a great player, quarterback and leader is participating. There’s obviously a bit of a conflict when I’m not able to be here as often as I once was, which was here for pretty much every workout, and now I’m here for significantly less than that. … I’m still doing what I need to do to be ready, there’s no doubt about that.”
  • On his comments the Patriots weren’t listening to coach Bill Belichick. “Regardless of what I said, I think the point is we do have the best coach, probably in the history of the NFL. He’s got the answers. And when he comes in Monday morning, and says ‘This is what we need to do to win,’ and then he comes back in the next Monday morning talking about the game and says, ‘Well, I gave you six things and we did one of them,’ it’s obviously very frustrating for everyone, me included. … I always include myself. I’m at the top of the list. I have to have a great season in order for this team to be productive. Along with everybody else. But the only person I can control is myself. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about the way the season ended last year.”
  • On whether the Patriots have a leadership void: “You can’t have enough guys who are leaders. There are obviously many ways to do that. … You can never have enough of those guys who are selfless guys. … To me, that’s the only way to do it. Playing with a bunch of guys that you really don’t enjoy spending time with, that doesn’t last very long. Really, when it comes down to it, games that we lose in the fourth quarter, games that we lose in the second half, or losing on the road like we did — that could be lack of trust. It could be lack of confidence. There’s a lot of issues you have when that repeats itself time and time again over the course of a season. Coach always used ‘mentally tough’ with us. And I always agreed with him. When the going got tough, we didn’t get going. We weren’t really a mentally tough team last year.”

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