Brady's anger with Edelman 'frustration boiling over'

Brady's anger with Edelman 'frustration boiling over'
November 12, 2012, 4:20 pm
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Early in the second half of New England's 37-31 win over the Bills on Sunday, cameras caught Patriots quarterback Tom Brady screaming at receiver Julian Edelman as the two walked off the field moments after Brady was sacked on third down.

Brady joined WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show on Monday morning to discuss what led to his outburst.

"Julian and I, we're locker mates," Brady said. "We have a great relationship. We talked about certain things. It's just one of those miscommunications. He thought I was doing one thing, I thought he was doing the other. It ended up costing us a first down in a critical game, at a critical point in the game. We've got to be on the same page. It was just some frustration boiling over. Those guys are working hard, trying to get open, trying to do the right thing. That's just part of what our frustration on the day was a little bit about.

"It had nothing to do with blocking assignments. It was just to do with route-running," Brady continued. "Julian, nobody works harder than Julian. He's very critical on himself, he's very tough on himself, and I love playing with him because he cares so much. Those are the guys you want to fight with. Those are the guys who it means a lot to and you really fight for each other. No one's out there feeling great, no one's out there feeling 100 percent, but you've got to go out there and play as hard as you can and we did that for 60 minutes yesterday which was good."

Here are some of the other topics Brady hit on Monday:

On the confidence he has in New England's defense late in games
"I always think we're going to find a way to pull it out. I've thought that since the day I got here. I practice against those guys. I practice daily. They've come up with a lot of big plays at the end. They did it against the Jets this year. They did it this game. They've done it plenty of times. They did it twice in the Jets game, at the end of the fourth quarter and overtime.

"I have a lot of confidence that they're going to be able to shut the other team down when they need to. And that's a very good offense we played. I know their record, but there's not one game we played against them where that offense hasn't been that good. They've got some great skill players.We knew we'd have to score a lot of points. I wish we could have scored more. We certainly had our opportunities."

On Danny Woodhead's effectiveness
"He's been that was since the day he got here. I remember his first game, we played Buffalo at home, maybe the third week of the year and he had a similar-type run play for a touchdown and we kind of joked on the sidelines then offensive coordinator Billy O'Brien and I, we said 'The legend is born, you know,' because we saw him that week in practice, what he is capable of doing. And we kept saying why did the Jets release this guy? They had him playing receiver and he was a running back in college. He's just come in and done such a great job. He is the ultimate team player and teammate and dependable, consistent. You always know the level of play that you're getting from Danny, and he had a huge game for us yesterday, and we really needed it because as an offense I'd say everyone didn't have their best day other than Danny. He really saved the day for us."

On if he would leave in the middle of a game because his wife went into labor
"It's not going to happen that way, so I'm not going to worry about it."

On New England's next opponent, the Colts
"It's a different scheme than we played against. Chuck Pagano kind of brought in a new defensive system.It's more of a Baltimore-based system. They're going to be very challenging. The thing that they do well, as they've always done, is rush the passer. You won't have a lot of time to sit back there and figure things out. With Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, they've got some guys inside that can rush, they traded for Vontae Davis early in the year, they still have a Pro Bowl safety in Antoine Bethea. They're very talented. They're 6-3, what more can you say about that? They're playing well."