Peter King catches up with Tom Brady, who 'resurfaced' to promote the Best Buddies Challenge and talk about his bi-coastal offseason.
"It's a balancing act,'' he said. "I don't want the next 10 years to go by and to say I wasn't there for my sons. I wish I could be there [in Foxboro daily in the offseason] the way I was when I was 24, but life is different now. Things actually are much more simple than they've ever been. I used to spend every weekend running around with friends. Now I've got two great kids, and I love spending time with them. [Benjamin] is usually up at 6 in the morning, so that's when the day starts now.''
"I'm not going to have the same relationship with the guys as if I was there every day,'' he said. "I hope they can understand. I've seen it handled different ways by a lot of guys on the team in the past, including some of the real leaders. I've seen Willie McGinest and Rodney Harrison when their family lives turned in different directions and they couldn't be in the offseason program every day. Ultimately, what it comes down to is this: We've all got to be ready to play.''
As Brady knows, winning the division isn't enough in New England. It's easy to forget that Brady threw for his second-highest yardage total (4,398) and touchdown passes (28, tied with two other seasons) last year. No matter how much Brady's around this spring, I doubt we'll look back next January and say, "Yup. Brady missing big chunks of the offseason program doomed the Patriots.'' It'll be the effectiveness of those around him that determines the Patriots season -- and how good the team 190 miles to the southwest plays.
Karen Guregian looks at the possibility that the Jets have perhaps tinkered a bit too much with the chemistry and makeup of their locker room.
Albert Breer reassures fans that Torry Holt and Alge Crumpler are experienced with helping younger players along.
Christopher Price notes Tom Brady's knee is fine, he's feeling the best he's felt in a long time and he likes the look of the New England receiving corps.
Tom E. Curran sums up the main points from the Tom Brady interview.
Albert Breer comments on Peter King's interview with Tom Brady.
Mike Reiss offers some Quick-hit thoughts from the Patriots and around the NFL.
Jeff Jacobs (Hartford Courant) Let Aaron Hernandez move past youthful mistakes.
Nate Dow notes since Bill Belichick’s arrival in 2000, the Patriots each year have axed at least one-quarter of their roster from the previous season.
Jeff Howe lists the release of Adalius Thomas as one of the five best moves for the AFC East.
Albert Breer examines what other coaches in the Big East had to say about the Patriots' first-round pick, CB Devin McCourty.
Mike Reiss compares each rookie in the Patriots' draft class to a current/past NFL player that might have the same style of play.
Ian Rapoport recommends the upcoming Mosi Tatupu Comedy Benefit, Tuesday June 1st, at ShowCase Live at Patriot Place.
Mike Reiss talks about the NFL Network's spotlight on the Patriots. What a surprise that Marshall Faulk says they were outschemed and out matched.
Mike Reiss updates the Patriots 2011draft board.
Mike Reiss looks back at Brandon Meriweather and the 2007 Draft.
Peter King (SI) MMQB: Tom Brady emerges from shadows of offseason; Brian Cushing stigma.
Jason Cole (Yahoo! Sports) An informal ranking of every receiving corps in the league.
NFL Total Access breaks down the draft class from the AFC East. (6.58 min. video)
Tim Graham (ESPN) How do AFC East receiving corps rate?
Tim Graham (ESPN) Pats deep, Jets shallow in rookie pool.
Tim Graham (ESPN) AFC East mailbag on your e-doorstep.
Ross Tucker (SI) Minicamps keep rookies running.
Jay Glazer (Fox Sports) Brian Cushing: Substance that led to failed drug test is not a steroid. Eh.
Jerome Solomon (Houston Chronicle) Will real Cushing please step forward?
Matt Bowen (Nat'l Football Post) Cushing should be judged moving forward.
Kevin Seifert (ESPN) Matthews, Cushing and guilt by association.
Adam Schein (Fox Sports) NFL rookies facing immediate pressure.
Mike Wilkening (Pro Football Weekly) Browns improve options at tight end.