Brady says high production is expected result

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Brady says high production is expected result

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com 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 tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran.

Belichick on Long's sack: One of the best defensive plays of the year

Belichick on Long's sack: One of the best defensive plays of the year

It came against a rookie quarterback. It came against an offense that averages a league-worst 15.0 points per game. It came against an offense that has fewer yards than any other. 

Still there are signs that Bill Belichick is pretty pleased with where his defense is after beating the Rams 26-10 on Sunday. One came on Wednesday when Patriots.com published its "Belichick Breakdown" for a closer look at a handful of plays from the team's most recent win.

Belichick called his team's third-and-eight stop with about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter "probably one of the best good, team defensive plays we've had all year."

The Patriots show a five-man front, but linebacker Kyle Van Noy feigns a rush only to drop into coverage.

"Van Noy in here does a good job on the rush," Belichick said, "and also on the coverage on the back. Just good team defense. Good pass coverage down the field. The quarterback really doesn't end up having a lot of time, but there's no one to throw it to right away."

Belichick noted that all four rushers -- Chris Long, Trey Flowers, Dont'a Hightower and Rob Ninkovich -- all are able to pressure Jared Goff on the play. Combined with strong coverage in the secondary, the Rams nver really had a chance.

Belichick said it looked like a "tidal wave" of defenders bearing down on the quarterback.

"Long wins here . . . on the inside spin," Belichick said, "and Trey Flowers and Hightower both win on the little twist game inside. Then that's Rob with good speed-to-power on [Rams tackle Rob] Havenstein on the outside. Four good rushers. Plus a fifth guy...Van Noy getting that two-for-one on the guard and the back.

"Good team defense. That's great to see. A lot of hard work an execution on the practice field to make that happen."

Harbaugh on Belichick: 'I feel like we have a good relationship'

Harbaugh on Belichick: 'I feel like we have a good relationship'

FOXBORO -- They sounded like a couple of old pals. 

First it was Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who spoke of Ravens coach John Harbaugh during a conference call like one of his favorite fellow lacrosse dads.

"John and I saw a game a couple of years ago, a [Johns] Hopkins vs. Maryland game," Belichick said, adding that Harbaugh's love for the sport is just starting to blossom. "Yeah, I think John is seeing the light."

Belichick added that the two might be closer if they weren't competing so often, both in-season on the field and for free agents in the offseason. 

"As you know, we get into a situation like we’re in now where they have a good team, we have a good team, we’re playing a big game on Monday night," Belichick said. "Both teams are going to do everything they can to compete as hard as they can on Monday night. That’s what it is and that’s what we all signed up for. We all know that’s a part of it.

"When we’re not going head-to-head, which isn’t very often because we compete against each other in the offseason, we compete against each other to build our team and so forth, it just puts things in a little bit of a different situation."

During his press conference with reporters on Wednesday, Harbaugh echoed Belichick's sentiments. Belichick was famously one of Harbaugh's biggest supporters earlier in his career, calling the Ravens on Harbaugh's behalf when the franchise was looking for a new head coach. And if only they weren't so frequently competing against each other, they might be even closer, Harbaugh indicated. 

"I feel like we have a good relationship," Harbaugh said. "Like you said, we're probably not socializing that much, but I don't know how many coaches really do. We're all so busy. I'll see him or any coach at the Combine or at the owner's meetings, and we have a chance to talk. It's always good. I have a ton of respect for him. I really like him as a person. I think he's a great coach -- greatest coach of this generation. He's earned that title.

"And I study him. I've always studied him. I've always studied coach Belichick from when I first met him when I was an assistant at the University of Cincinnati, and he came in and just was great to be around.  [We have a] similar background with the special teams and that sort of thing. All of that kind of goes out the window when you compete against one another. It's like anything else, you want to win. I'm sure he feels the same way."

The recent history between their respective franchises is rife with emotion: There was Baltimore's irate reaction to Belichick's unusual formations in the AFC Divisional Round two seasons ago; there was the Ravens' supposed involvement in sparking Deflategate; and there was Harbaugh's subsequent denial. But Belichick and Harbaugh made it sound on Wednesday as if all's good between them.