Brady's anger with Edelman 'frustration boiling over'

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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."

Kraft on Brady: He's willing to play 'six, seven more years'

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Kraft on Brady: He's willing to play 'six, seven more years'

PHOENIX -- Robert Kraft drew some scoffs from the media horde surrounding him on Monday when he relayed Tom Brady's intentions for the remainder of his playing career. 

"As recently as two, three days ago, he assured me he'd be willing to play six, seven more years," Kraft said. "At the level he performed, there's no one that would be happier than I . . . and our fan base."

Brady put together an MVP-caliber season in 2016 at the age of 39, and he figures to be one of the best at his position during his age 40 season. And judging by his comments during Day 2 of the league meetings here, Kraft wouldn't be surprised if Brady could keep things going well into his mid-40s -- unprecedented as that would be.

"In some ways, you think about, I think there's one player at the age of 40 who had one good year. Favre for the Vikings. But he didn't do so well before," Kraft said. "I think Tommy's sustained excellence is just unbelievable. It's a lifestyle. He's in training now. It's not like he's stopped. He works out.

"I remember after our first Super Bowl in [2001], going down to the training room in the old Foxboro Stadium, three days after we won, and he's in there with the music blaring, working out.

"He's really dedicated and the thing that's amazing about him, to this day, he hasn't changed as a human being in terms of how he relates to people, but also in terms of how he works out. The only thing that's probably changed is how he eats, his diet. I'm not sure avocado ice cream is right for me, but if I could look like him and perform half as well, I guess I'd do it."

Monday, March 27: Hall call for Habs' Markov?

Monday, March 27: Hall call for Habs' Markov?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, with crunch time coming in the NHL.

*Jack Todd says that the Hall of Fame needs to reserve a spot for Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov. Is he Hall of Fame material, or Hall of Very Good material?

*The playoff streak is coming to an end for Joe Louis Arena as the Detroit Red Wings finish out a lost season.

*Thanks to PHT writer James O’Brien for providing the kind of relaxing hockey moment that any dog lover could appreciate.

*Boston College standout Colin White has signed an amateur tryout deal with the Senators, but it remains to be seen if the entry level contract is coming.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mitch Melnick offers his hot takes about the Canadiens after a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.

*The US men’s hockey team may join the women’s team in boycotting the world championships if there isn’t a resolution soon.

*A group of longtime Leafs writers share some of their best stories from the press box

*In the shameless interest of self-promotion, here’s my hit with Toucher and Rich this morning talking about riding the hot hand with Anton Khudobin.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Tracey Myers wonders if a lopsided loss will snap the Blackhawks out of their malaise.

*Sidney Crosby fires back at Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk after he called the NHL star a whiner recently.

*For something completely different: getting to know new CSNPhilly.com baseball analyst John Kruk, who we all should know pretty well at this point.