Brady says high production is expected result


Brady says high production is expected result

By Tom E. Curran Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - Tom Brady's won back-to-back AFC Offensive Player of the Week awards. He's thrown for 940 yards. That is what happens, he explains, when his job is correctly performed. "We got opportunities to throw the ball," said Brady. "When my number's called upon, I try to execute. When the running backs' number's called upon, they try to execute. The offensive line always has to execute . . . Offense is about everybody really being on the same page."It takes a lot to wow Brady at this point.It's been nearly 10 years since he grabbed his temples and smilingly shook his head after winning the Super Bowl MVP award in February 2002. He's done stuff since. A couple of Player of the Week honors aren't going to make his pulse race. He continues to explain the offense isa group project. "It's a collective effort," said Brady. "The better Wes Welker does, the better it is for Chad Ochocinco and Deion Branch and for Rob Gronkowski and for Aaron Hernandez . . . The better the running game, the better it is for play-action pass. Everything feeds off one another. It's not one guy doing it."Brady did have an interesting answer when asked about the ability to make changes at the line and get the offenseout of bad plays and into better ones. "It's preparation, but it's by the entire offense," he said. "I could see something, but if I can't figure out a way to communicate that or -- ifI do figure out a way to communicate that -- guys don't understand what I'm trying to get across at theline of scrimmageor in the huddle then it's not worth it for me to try to do something. I can communicate something, but if theyre not studying on the other hand, then its not going to work out; theres not going to be any cohesiveness within the receiver group or tight end group."This helps explain why there is much, much more to playing successfully in the Patriots offense than simply being fast and having good hands. It's as evolved an offensive approach as the NFL's ever seen. "I love to be able to identify the defenses that Im going to see," he continued. "I love to be able to study and prepare and take things that I see on the film and then use those when I get them in the game, and then try to get us into the right play, but those other guys are studying just as hard as I am trying to understand that, Okay, Tom is going to change it, this is why hes going to change it, this is what hes going to change it to, so they can anticipate those things as well. So, there are maybe three or four things they may be looking for, as opposed to 50 things and then they can play that much quicker."So if there's a talented receiver whose ability to learn the offense or feel comfortable in it is lagging, this could be the reason.Tom E. Curran can be reached at Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran.

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”