The first thing we did was make sure we can try to keep Tom Brady off the field as long as possible. You saw where the time of possession was. We wanted to put together long sustained drives that ended in points. The longer we could keep them off the field, the less opportunity he was going to have to score, which he is eventually going to do as good as he is. The other thing is you can’t give him pre-snap information. And, he is going to look at things. He is going to do everything he can to gather information on what the defense is doing and if you give him the same looks, if he knows it goes. And we moved guys around from where they were, changing linebacker spots, focused on the skies all during the week, and told the guys if you are not lying you are not trying. Everybody had to do it. Nobody could be the tell there. The other thing is, going into the second half, we had a different plan we were going to use. Saying, they’re going to make the adjustment based on what we have done in the first half. Now we have got to bring something out that is different that he hasn’t seen to this point in the game. Let them try to figure that out. Then we can go back to the other stuff that we used initially.
Eric Mangini on how he slowed Tom Brady with the Browns.
I don’t want to talk about this on the radio or anywhere else for that matter,” Brady wrote to Dennis. “Athletes are always talking about money at a time when everyone else is struggling so badly to make it. We all make way more than our fair share. And I just think it reflects poorly on myself and my teammates. I really do just want to win, and that has and will continue to be the reason that motivates me and is the biggest factor in my decision-making process.
Brady gets a $30 million signing bonus as part of the deal, and that will be paid out between now and early 2015. In addition, his $1 million base this year and $2 million base next year are fully guaranteed. As of now, his $7 million base in 2015, $8 million base for 2016 and $9 million base for 2017 are guaranteed for injury only. However, if he’s on the roster for the last game of 2014 season, the $24 million due from 2015-17 become fully guaranteed.
You never know what sort of impact Brady has when it comes to the team-building process, and he’s always been very careful to downplay his role in personnel decisions. But there’s the very real likelihood that the quarterback made this move with Welker specifically in mind. The two are not only great teammates, but extremely close friends. (They go on vacation together, for goodness sakes.) The idea of the quarterback potentially being forced to start over with another receiver — whether it was Danny Amendola, Percy Harvin or Tavon Auston — who was shoehorned into a situation where they were trying to replicate Welker’s impact couldn’t have sat well with the quarterback.
Exciting news today as Tom Brady looks like he’ll remain a Patriot until the day he retires, and with the last contract he’ll ever sign with the Pats, made a statement of the kind of player and person he’s been throughout his career:
For the second time in his illustrious career, Brady is doing something players in this day and age simply do not do: As he did in 2005, Brady, a league source told SI.com, is signing a contract with New England that will pay him significantly less money than the market will bear, in large part to help the Patriots stay competitive for the next five seasons. Amazingly, according to the source, the deal is for an eye-poppingly conservative $27 million, which is less than half his worth by any measure.
The Pats should have enough cap space now to get something done with Welker, and it sounds like they’re trying to. This would explain why Brady took a team-friendly deal. It will ensure the Pats are able to put a lot of talent around him.
So this is it folks. Tom Brady has five more chances to get that elusive fourth Lombardi Trophy. The Pats should be well set-up on both sides of the ball to help him get it.
Great news all around for Patriots fans and the 2012 league year isn’t even over yet…
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