Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on WEEI radio show this morning and was asked about Peyton Manning’s record breaking night last night.
“It’s pretty incredible,” Brady said. “It’s hard to throw touchdown passes and he — even in the last two years — I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s pretty incredible. It’s a great record. It’s incredible to do. He’s been very durable. He’s been very consistent. He’s just a spectacular player.”
Manning now holds the record for most touchdowns in a career. Brady has 372 touchdown passes.
“He has great recognition, great instincts,” Brady said. “Everything that you think you would see, that’s what he is. I’ve never been in a meeting room with him, I’m sure a lot of receivers have been, but he’s certainly got great command. He’s really a field general. I think that’s the best description. I think that’s kind of the thing that comes to mind when you think about him. He has great command out there.
Brady said he watched the game and a few others on his day off and sent Manning text to congratulate him.
“He’s been a great player for a long time. He was great at the Colts and obviously come to Denver and he’s had an incredible run there. It’s been incredible to watch. He makes throwing four touchdown passes look incredibly easy, which of course as we know is not.”
Brady was asked about the never ending debate of who the better QB is.
“Peyton has an incredible career,” Brady said. “I’ve been very fortunate. To think that I would have had the opportunity to do that when I was starting out is crazy to think. And I am still part of a great team that has a great opportunity to achieve even more.
“And certainly the winning, that’s what separates our team apart from the other teams — has been our ability to win on a consistent basis, year in, year out no matter what the circumstances or situations. To be a part of an organization where that’s been what we have been able to accomplish, that’s just been unbelievable. I’m a lucky guy that it’s still going.”
Brady was asked if Manning has had it easier than him.
“I wouldn’t change anything that I’ve ever done,” Brady said. “I certainly wouldn’t change my career with anybody. To have the opportunity to play in five Super Bowls, to play for one organization is — you can’t envision those things. And like I said, it’s still going. I think hopefully the best is yet to come.”
Brady also talked about his next opponent the Chicago Bears.
He was asked about the reports that the Bears are having locker room issues.
“Every team is going through different things. It’s tough when you’re losing. I don’t think there’s a lot of good things or positive things to say when you lose. They’ve actually had a pretty tough home record, which I’m sure is tough on them and the home fans. I think they’ve lost all their games at home this year, and they lost their last home game last year. They haven’t been able to play well at home, but they’re still a good team. They’ve still won a lot of games this year, so they’re winning them on the road. Maybe we wish we played them at home. … We’ll get their best. We always seem to get everybody’s best. It’s just the way it is, playing here.”
He also talked about the reports from a few weeks ago saying he was upset with his coaches.
“The one thing I can really be responsible for is what I say, and not for really what other people may say or think or write. And that’s OK for them to think that. As I said earlier in the conversation here, there’s nothing positive to say when you lose. It’s not like you come out and you say, ‘Wow, we gave it all we could but we just couldn’t get it done.’ That doesn’t sound great. You don’t ever want to criticize your teammates. You don’t really ever want to criticize yourself much other than to say you can do a lot better. A few weeks ago, there’s not a lot of great things to say. We had been dealing with that. We lost to Miami, we lost to KC. … There’s a lot of teams, like I said, like Chicago, when you’re dealing with losses, it can get pretty tough. For our situation, when we were 2-2, yeah, it’s tough, because we lost a big game on a Monday night, it didn’t look good, we were playing some good teams coming up. Fortunately we found a way to turn things around, and that’s what we need to continue to do. I think everybody’s much more happy around Gillette Stadium when we’re winning games. And I’m sure our fans are, too. We as individuals, that’s what we try to do every day, we go in there with a sense of purpose to try to go out there and put our best on the field. And when it’s not our best, we go reevaluate and try to be at our best the next week.”
Brady also talked about Percy Harvin.
“He’s a phenomenal player. It’s obviously a big trade. He’s a very explosive player. There’s always a reason why someone’s traded. We had a lot of trades that worked out on our end — Randy Moss and Corey Dillon. Some teams think a player can be more effective in their system. When that guy’s healthy, he’s an explosive player. We saw that, really his whole career. … He’s an exceptional player.”
Brady also praised his OL Jordan Devy for protecting him.
“Jordan said to me right after, he was like, ‘Man I wasn’t going to let him [do that]. I saw you throw the ball and the guy shoved you,’ and he goes, ‘I wasn’t going to let him get away with that.’ He’s a great guy, and has really stepped in and done a great job for us. That was great to see. I wish the 15-yarder, we didn’t get that, because we have way too many penalties this year. I think we’ve got to be first or second in the league in penalties. so we’ve got to try to figure out a way to eliminate penalties. But being aggressive and playing to the echo of the whistle and protecting your teammates is always supported in football.”
He was asked if he flopped or not when the Jets defensive player pushed him.
“No, I wasn’t trying to draw a penalty. I got hit the first [time] — when I got hit I thought that they were throwing a penalty on the other guy. That’s what I really thought the penalty was. And then he said it was on our guy. I said, ‘But this is the guy that hit me late.’ I was actually a bit surprised.”
Brady talked about his Facebook page and the big hit it’s been this season.
“I’ve worked with one of my great friends on it, who’s really done a great job. That’s a pretty important thing to do today. We’ve talked a lot about it over the years, with social media. Really I think the phrase will always be ‘controlling the message’ and also having the opportunity to talk to your fans. I’m a little bit old school in that I’ve never really approached — probably the younger generation, the guys playing now, are much more in tune with that. I’m trying to do a better job with that, certainly over the last six weeks.”
This transcript was provided by WEEI.com