Brady's anger with Edelman 'frustration boiling over'


Brady's anger with Edelman 'frustration boiling over'

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."

Still wait-and-see on Smart's status for Celtics' opener


Still wait-and-see on Smart's status for Celtics' opener

BOSTON – Marcus Smart’s sprained left ankle injury continues to heal, but the Celtics remain in wait-and-see mode when it comes to his availability for the season opener on Wednesday against Brooklyn.
Smart sprained the ankle in the second quarter of a 121-96 preseason loss to the New York Knicks when he stepped on the foot of Knicks guard Justin Holliday.
He was helped off the floor by teammates Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas along with head trainer Ed Lacerte.
Since the injury, the Celtics have been pleased with the healing progress of the ankle, the same ankle he sprained as a rookie which kept him out for several weeks.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Smart is no longer in a walking boot and continues to be day-to-day as he receives a steady diet of treatments to help speed up the healing process.
Smart will undergo a series of tests to determine the ankle’s strength, prior to getting any kind of clearance to play.
That’s why Stevens isn’t worried about Smart returning to the floor too soon.
“I trust our staff. Our staff and Marcus will make that decision well,” Stevens said. “Then I play guys, if they are available.”
Smart has established himself as one of the Celtics’ top reserves, with the ability to play both guard positions and some small forward depending on the lineup on the floor. The Celtics have to prepare for the possibility that he will not be able to play in the opener (or the first few games considering Boston opens with three games in four nights.

His absence would create more playing time for Terry Rozier in addition to likely resulting in extended minutes for starters such as Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder.
As eager as Smart is to get back on the floor, he and the Celtics are mindful of the big picture.
This team wants to make a deep playoff run and they’ll everyone – Smart included – to do so.
That’s why as much as Smart wants to get on the floor immediately, he has to remember – or be reminded of – that this is an 82-game season and his long-term value to this team and its goals can’t be taken for granted.

Olynyk cleared for full contact at Celtics' practice


Olynyk cleared for full contact at Celtics' practice

BOSTON - The Celtics got a bit of good news on the injury front with Kelly Olynyk being cleared for full contact.
The 7-foot center participated in most of the Celtics’ drills on Saturday, some of which included contact.
Olynyk said he had been doing some contact work prior to practice Saturday, but in a more controlled setting.
“I’m just trying to ramp it up a little bit more, every day,” Olynyk said. “Just trying to take a step in the right direction every day.”
Olynyk had surgery on his right shoulder in May with him expected to be out for at least five months.
Danny Ainge, C's president of basketball operations, recently said that he anticipated Olynyk returning sometime in the middle of November.
That would put his return about six months out from the time of surgery.

“He did a lot more than he has done,” coach Brad Stevens said. “We’ll see how he feels and progress at the appropriate rate after that.”
One of the strengths that Olynyk brought to the floor when he played was the ability to help space the floor because of his 3-point shooting.
Olynyk was not just a good 3-point shooter for a center, but one of the better 3-point shooters in the NBA last season when he connected on 40.5 percent of his 3s last season.  And it’s clear that last season was not a fluke, evident by him shooting 37.3 percent on 3s for his career.
However, the addition of Al Horford not only solidified the Celtics’ interior defense but also provides them with another stretch center.
Horford, who spent the past nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, shot 34 percent on 3s last season which at the very least, makes him a player that defenses have to respect when he’s outside of the 3-point line.