Stallworth's perspective on the greatness of Brady, Brees


Stallworth's perspective on the greatness of Brady, Brees

FOXBORO -- Two of the best quarterbacks in the league took the practice field in Tuesday's joint session between the Patriots and Saints. Donte' Stallworth has had the chance to catch passes from both during his career, and he praised both Tom Brady and Drew Brees for their elite accuracy and timing when throwing to receivers.

"As I've gotten older, the best thing for all receivers, both of those guys they throw the ball right out of your breaks," Stallworth said. "As a receiver, that's all you can ask for. There's not much separation in the NFL, but when you do, those guys throw the ball right on point and it gives you a chance to do some running after the catch. That's what both of those guys do really well."

Stallworth was drafted by the Saints in 2002 and spent four seasons with the team. On Tuesday, he was visibly giddy to see some of his pals from New Orleans before practice got underway. At one point, he danced to the music blaring over the Gillette loudspeakers with a member of the Saints coaching staff.

"It's good to see old friends," Stallworth said. "A couple of these guys I haven't seen in years. Me and Will Smith have been good friends ever since he was drafted by the Saints and I was there so I see him all the time. I hadn't seen Lance Moore in a while, haven't seen Drew in a while. I seen Lance and Drew in the weight room yesterday and had a chance to spend a little time with those guys and talk to them and catch up so it's always good to see some old friends, good buddies."

As he enjoyed their company, he also enjoyed the training camp show put on by Brady and Brees. He'll have another chance to watch them go to work on Wednesday as the teams go through the second of their joint practices.

"It's two of the best of all time on the field at the same time," Stallworth said. "To see those guys go to work and actually catching passes from both of those guys at one time throughout the duration of my career, it's been amazing to be able to watch those guys go to work during the regular season."

Does Brady have words planned for Goodell at Super Bowl? 'We'll see'

Does Brady have words planned for Goodell at Super Bowl? 'We'll see'

Tom Brady wouldn't take the bait following the AFC title game. He was told that he must've heard the "Where's Roger?" chants, and so then he must've had a reaction.

"I didn't hear that chant," Brady replied. 

WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show took another run at the Patriots quarterback's relatonship with commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday morning. Had Brady thought about what he might say should he come face-to-face with Goodell at Super Bowl LI?

"Hopefully we’ll finish the deal," Brady said. "Hopefully we can finish it off, and we’ll see. Maybe I’ll tell you after. But I don’t want to get into winning something before we’ve won it, because it’s going to be hard to win this thing."

Should the Patriots win their fifth Super Bowl title, Brady probably won't be accepting the Lombardi Trophy from Goodell. That exchange usually takes place with the owner at center stage. Perhaps there's a scenario in which Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft allows Brady to take the stage first, but it would go against what has been Super Bowl protocol. 

Brady and Goodell could be forced to share the spotlight on the morning after the Super Bowl, however, when the MVP trophy is handed out. It's a ritual they carried out together on the morning following Super Bowl XLIX, when Deflategate was in its nascent stages.

One would think that the embrace they shared that day -- long before the Wells Report was published and long before Brady and the league were pitted against one another in federal court -- will be the last thing that either man wants to recreate two weeks from now. 

Brady on the effectiveness of Belichick's approach: 'You're brainwashed'


Brady on the effectiveness of Belichick's approach: 'You're brainwashed'

During his weekly interview with WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show, Tom Brady highlighted the thought process that has helped make the Patriots such a successful team under Bill Belichick, and in the process of complimenting his boss, Brady also may have taken an inadvertent shot at the Steelers.

As broadcat to the world via Antonio Brown's Facebook feed, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin noted immediately after the Divisional Round that the Patriots had an advantage in preparing for the AFC title game because they had more time to rest.

"I would say in general on our team we have a sign on our wall that says, ‘Doing the right thing for the team when it might not be the right thing for you.’ That’s just putting everything aside," Brady said. "Ignoring the noise, the positive things people may be saying about you, or the negative things people may say about you. Just believing in yourself and not making excuses.

"There’s always an excuse you can build into why you lose a game. 'We’re only playing on six days rest, we have this person hurt, or we didn’t get that call.' There are a million of them, and they’re all built in and you can pick them all off before the game. I think our coach does a great job of never buying into the B.S. He never makes it about one player. He never makes it about one play. He never makes it about one call, or one situation. It’s all about all of us collectively trying to do the best thing we can for the team to try and help us win. He never lets his foot off the gas pedal so when it comes to our team, you’re brainwashed. That’s just the way it goes."

The numbers support Belichick's approach: He'll be coaching in a 10th Super Bowl in two weeks, and seven of those have come as a head coach. Both are NFL records.