New England Patriots Links 8/23/10 - Preseason Midpoint Brings Optimism, Concern

Okay fellas, keep me upright and maybe I'll let you meet Gisele.

Tom Brady on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Show this morning revealed he hates the Jets and refuses to support them by watching 'Hard Knocks.'  He also remembers his first training camp:

“I called my agent a couple of weeks into training camp. We had John Friesz and Michael Bishop and Drew [Bledsoe] obviously on the roster. This was two weeks into camp … I said [to agent Steve Dubin], ‘I think I want to buy Ty Law’s condo.’ He said, ‘What are you talking about? The final cuts are in three weeks, you don’t even have any money.’ I said, ‘Don’t even worry about that.’ I forgot how much it was. I probably had 20,000 bucks to my name. Ty brought me over there. I was a little rookie sucker he wanted to sell his house to. I did end up doing it before the final cutdown. [Dubin] said, ‘Are you sure you’re going to be around.’ I said, ‘Don’t worry, of course I’m going to make the team,’ without much hesitation. When I think back to that, we kept four quarterbacks that year. … I don’t think that was the smartest real estate move I’ve ever made.”

Asked if he ever received acknowledgment from Belichick that he was doing well, Brady responded: “I’ve played with Belichick for 10 years, and I don’t think he’s ever said we’re doing good. We beat the Redskins a few years ago. He said. ‘That was a decent job the other night.’ We won by 50 points.”

Karen Guregian notes Thomas Dimitroff discusses how Bill Belichick handles losing players like Nick Kaczur.

"I never doubt the recoverability and resilience of a Bill Belichick-coached football team," Dimitroff said last week. "The impressive thing about the Patriots, and Bill, and the way he approaches things, is that he’s really dialed into his personnel and their abilities. If someone gets hurt, he knows the next person to come in. He’s always very adept at making sure he has the right person to come into that spot."

Kirk Minihane talks Top 10 Quarterbacks in NFL history.

(Aside: All it took was two preseason games for the "Brady has gone Hollywood" crowd to sneak quietly out the back door, huh? What a bunch of dopes... And most of those guys don't even believe what they are saying -- they just want ratings and page views and phone calls. It's a lot easier to call a guy a sellout or question his manhood than it is to admit that you have no idea what you're talking about.  But Brady? This is a guy risking a helluva lot by playing this preseason. I'm not sure if I were Brady's agent I'd be OK with him on the field until a contract was in ink. I don't know, I understand he's rich and famous... but it has to bother Brady that Kyle Orton and Sam Bradford will make more money than he does this year.)

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