Fresh off a 51-23 thrashing of the Chicago Bears on Sunday, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan radio show Monday morning. In the interview, Brady discussed the team’s performance and praised the production of his offense.
Brady was absolutely stellar on Sunday. He completed 30-of-35 passes for 354 yards and five touchdowns in the rout. His main targets were tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Brandon LaFell, but Brady recognized the entire offense contributed to the explosive output.
“I think there’s always room for improvement,” Brady 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.”
The offensive line also made life easy for Brady. It is hard to believe that just a few weeks ago this team was struggling just to get a first down. Now it is difficult for defenses to get them off the field without giving up a score. Much of that can be attributed to the health of Gronkowski and the emergence of LaFell. Timely contributions from other players are also keys to the offense’s recent revitalization.
“I’m proud of the way those guys – all of them, Julian Edelman and Gronk 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 went on in the interview to praise Gronkowski for his continued improvement after returning from a torn ACL as well as LaFell’s increased roll in the offense. He credited confidence as the major reason for the team’s turnaround and production on the offensive side of the ball.
“I think it’s a lot of little things, I really do,” Brady said after being asked about the team’s improvement over the last couple weeks. “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.”