Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the WEEI Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the Bears, the Broncos, and Peyton Manning.
Brady and the Pats dismantled the Bears, but Brady believes they can still work on things.
“I think there’s always room for improvement,” he said. “But truthfully, the guys make it easy for the quarterback when all those guys play the way they did yesterday. It makes it easy for me — not to say playing the Bears defense is easy, because it’s not — but when the guys around you play the way they did, it makes it easy for the quarterback.
“I’m proud of the way those guys — all of them, Julian [Edelman] and Gronk [Rob Gronkowski] and Danny [Amendola] and the offensive line especially, Tim Wright played great, we got off to a great start in the run game. All those things, they all have a cumulative effect on the offense. You’re trying to move the ball down the field, score points, and when the guys around you are playing at the level they played at, for me, then I just read the defense and make the throw and those guys are making all the plays. It was a great day for us.”
Brady was asked about Rob Gronkowski’s 3 touchdown performance against the Bears.
“He was phenomenal,” Brady said. “He’s been such a great player for our offense and our team. I love playing with him. He brings such an energy to the team. He’s a great player. He certainly played as well as he’s ever played yesterday — three touchdowns through 2 1/2 quarters was pretty awesome. He’s making all the catches, making all the catch-and-runs. He’s just playing fearlessly. The guys really take a cue from him. He’s just a great player.
“When he plays like that — and like I said, [Brandon] LaFell plays like that, Julian’s been one of our most consistent players for the last two years, he’s just been phenomenal for us. Danny made a couple of plays, Tim Wright, the offensive line, the run game. When one guy’s doing well it just helps another guy do well and then helps another guy do well. You see some of the great offenses around the league week in and week out, it’s those types of performances that lead to team success.
“It’s been good, we’ve made some great improvements here from what we talked about over a month ago. But look, we’ve still got to get better. Our whole season’s in front of us. We’ve got to get back to work today and we’ve got obviously the biggest game of the year coming up.”
Brady talks about how fun it’s been playing since the loss to the Chiefs.
“I think it’s a lot of little things, I really do,” Brady said. “It’s everybody playing better, it’s us all having more trust and confidence in one another. It couldn’t just be one thing. Football’s such a team sport, and everybody relies on each other. It’s just a lot of guys doing their job at a higher level. That’s what it takes, and that’s what we’ve always talked about — that’s what we always talk about down at our facility, is just making the individual improvement so that the group performance is a lot better. Because you can’t control what someone else can do, you can only really control what you can do.
“But I love the way that the guys are playing. It’s been a lot of fun to be out there. Yesterday was one of the most fun days we’ve ever had on the football field.”
The talk then moved to Peyton Manning and, if Brady thought Manning has more weapons.
“I love the guys that I play with. I wouldn’t change any of them for anybody. The group that I’ve been lucky enough to play with — and I’ve had some great ones over the years. As a quarterback you work all offseason with the group of guys and you develop a chemistry and a camaraderie with each other, and it’s great when it all pays off.
“I don’t pick the players, I don’t do any of those things. That’s not my job. My job’s just to try to make the best of what I can try to help our team do. We brought in some great players to our offense over the last few years, and we’re trying to do the best we can do. Other teams are doing that, too.
“What can you say more about what Peyton Manning has been able to accomplish? It’s been the greatest season-and-a-half stretch in the history of the NFL. Nobody’s really matched what he’s been able to do, and what that offense has been able to do, most importantly. When we play this weekend we’re going to have to try to match it, because that’s what it’s going to take. They’ve got a great team. We’re going to have to be at our best.”
Brady touched on the rivalry against Manning and if he thinks about it and how much it means.
“Probably five, six years ago you don’t think about those things. But you’re right, as you mature a little bit and realize this could always be the last one, then you do. It’s pretty special. He’s been one of the greatest players to ever play. I’ve been fortunate to share a field with one of the best players that ever has played the game. Every time we play a Peyton Manning-led team it comes down to the wire. Everything’s usually at stake.
“We had a few opportunities last year, we won the first one, lost the second one. This year we’ve got to be at our best. Fortunately I don’t have to go against him, our defense does. I’ve got to go up against Aqib Talib andDeMarcus Ware and Von Miller and T.J. Ward. They’ve got a whole challenge they present in and of itself. They’re a really well-balanced team. They do a lot of things well. It means we’re going to have to be at our best. Hopefully we can go out and give our fans something cheer about. It will be a fun day.”
Brady was also asked if he’s losing trust in Edelman after 2 drops each in the past 2 games.
“Never. I have never lost faith in that guy. He’s an incredible player and friend. Nobody works harder than Jules. He’s tough on himself, he’s his toughest critic. He’s one of the most competitive players I’ve ever played with. He want to contribute so badly and be a part of everything that we’re doing. He wants the ball on every play, which I really love that about him.
“Other guys have had some opportunity, and he hasn’t gotten as many looks as I need to get him. I’m definitely going to get him more and get him into the flow of the offense so that he can be the great player that he is.”
(Transcript provided by WEEI.com)