Yeah, I mean, I've always said since I played him for the first time, he's one of the best I've ever seen, even to this day. He's in his twelfth season, but that guy, he plays like he's 25 years old again and he's so dangerous. He has that deceptive speed. You know he's fast, but then he doesn't run fast, and then all of a sudden he's top speed. He's just a dangerous guy. I look forward to that match-up because if you can come out playing well against him, you know you're doing good things.
He never lolly gags. See, that's the thing, people don't really understand the game. I mean he blocks, he does all those little things. I wouldn't say he's the greatest blocker, but he does it effectively. When he's jogging, he's just really setting you up for the next time he jogs and then he takes off running past you. He's one of those guys; he loves to find ways to set you up.
Josh McDaniels talks about how to combat all the inside knowledge and familiarity with each other's systems.
I think we both change up what we do on a weekly basis. We don't stay the same. They're watching film of us and they know what we're running and we're watching film of them and we know a lot of things they're running. And yet, we're going to see some things on Sunday that may be a little different and we've never seen before. But I think, ultimately, it's going to come down to playing and whose players play better. We're going to try to prepare as hard as we can for what we know they are capable of doing and how they try to win. And, I think they're going to do the same thing and we'll see whose team can play that much better on Sunday.
I think there are definitely changes you have to make. We made a bunch with Eric. We made a bunch, even going into the Jets game this year with Kevin [O'Connell] being over there. Obviously, with Josh, he knows it better than anybody. And we know them. I think in the end it comes down to how you execute, it really does. They may have information, we have information. When you're out there, what you see is what you see, and that's what you've got to react to no matter what they say in the meeting before the game.
You take the information; you gather it from a lot of different sources. Then, you've got to go out and you've got to make the plays.
- Erik Scalavino Tom Brady, Mike Wright, and Wes Welker discuss New England's familiarity with the Broncos head coach and the Denver elements. Pus, news and notes from the Patriots locker room and Wednesday's practice.
- Patriots Wednesday Pressers: Bill Belichick (22 min.), Tom Brady (13.13 min.) Plus Transcripts.
- Josh McDaniels (13.56 min.), Champ Bailey (9.18 min.) Plus Transcripts. Wednesday Conference Calls:
- Patriots Today: Battling Josh McDaniels and the Broncos. (10.43 min. video)
Patriots-Broncos Wednesday Injury Report and practice participation.
- Chris Gasper notes Laurence Maroney knows the fans expect more from him and he says he'll deliver. With Fred Taylor missing practice with an ankle injury, Maroney will need to step up.
- Chris Gasper reports Tom Brady is unapologetic about the roughing calls. He said they were fortunate to get a few go their way on Sunday, but they went against them in the Jets game. It all evens out.
- Michael Vega says Jerod Mayo would welcome Junior Seau's presence; Seau is expected to sign next week.
- Ian Rapoport reports on Josh McDaniels rise through the ranks as seen and noted by Nick Saban.
- Karen Guregian notes Champ Bailey has the utmost respect for Randy Moss, Tom Brady.
- Michael Whitmer Patriots Notebook: McDaniels and Belichick both mum on game-week communication between them; Champ Bailey praises Randy Moss; ex-Steeler LB Bruce Davis was signed to the practice squad; injury updates.
- Mike Reiss breaks down the Patriots penalties so far this year.
- Mike Reiss looks at the game-ball winners from the Patriots' 27-21 victory over the Ravens.
- Ian Rapoport introduces us to new practice squad member, ex-Steeler edge-rusher Bruce Davis.
- Ian Rapoport Patriots Notebook: Gino Cappelletti is pleased that the NFL is recognizing the AFL in the manner it deserves. Cappelletti will be an honorary captain for this Sunday's legacy game in Denver.
- Chad Finn reports ESPN Radio and WEEI joined forces yesterday, announcing an affiliation agreement that will result in ESPN’s national programming airing on WEEI's sports radio station’s AM signal. This also means Adam Schefter will return to his weekly morining call-in to the Dennis & Callahan show.
- Jim Trotter (SI) McDaniels takes Belichick's lessons into Sunday showdown with Pats. Terrific read.
- John Clayton (ESPN) Elite QB play is good business for NFL.
- Official Review Week 4 (NFL Network) Mike Pereira explains why the Ravens were penalized for roughing Tom Brady. Pereira supports all three calls and says "it's ludicrous" to think that Brady only got the call because he is Tom Brady and that lobbied for it.
- Sporting News ranks the Best Sports Cities. Boston is number 3, behind Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
- Outside The Huddle (SI) In the second of a series of assignments, SI's photographers recently focused on Tom Brady, who's back on the field after missing 15 games a year ago.
- Don Banks (S) Braylon Edwards trade gives Jets the No. 1 receiver they lacked.
Ultimate Audio (NFL.com) Ravens vs. Patriots Sights and sounds of the game. (6.08 min.video)
VIEW FROM DENVER
- Lindsey H. Jones (Denver Post) Eye on ... The Patriots: Who's hot, who's not, key stats etc...
- Dave Krieger (Denver Post) Broncos coach McDaniels can go where no Belichick protege has gone before.
- Gray Caldwell (DenverBroncos.com) On to the next: Patriots.
- DenverBroncos.com Wednesday Press Conference Transcripts: Head coach Josh McDaniels, QB Kyle Orton and S Brian Dawkins.