New England Patriots Links 9/15/11 - Tom Brady Makes Sure Fans Hydrate Before Chargers Game

Tom Brady had this message for the fans who will be at the season-opener Sunday:

Yeah, start drinking early. It's a 4:15 game, they have a lot of time to get lubed up, come out here and cheer for the home team.

Tom Brady talks about how different the Chargers are from when he played them last year to what he saw in Week 1.

They were pretty good last year. They led the league in defense. It was our fewest production all season when we played them. We had like 200 yards of offense - didn't do really well in the red area, didn't really run it great, certainly didn't throw it great, didn't protect as well as we're capable. We were pretty fortunate last year playing them. Hopefully we can execute better. They have a good team. They have a good defense. It's veterans, they're aggressive, they're tough, they can tackle, they're experienced, they have a very good offense that puts up points on the board and can do it very quickly. Special teams are much improved from last season. It's one of the best teams in the AFC, it always has been, they've been that way for a long time. They have a great quarterback so it's going to be a big challenge for us.

Bill Belichick touches on Dan Connelly's versatility, including taking over for Dan Koppen at center.

Dan has been here for a few years, he's been on the practice squad, he's been on the roster, he's played center, he's played guard, he's returned kickoffs, so he's been a pretty versatile guy for us in playing all the inside positions really and playing in different roles. Last year, he was the starting left guard for weeks and right guard and he's played center, has alternated in there. [He's] played in the backfield in short yardage and goal line situations, little bit of tight end in short yardage and goal line or multiple tight end groupings, big people groupings, that kind of thing. He's done a lot of different things for us.

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