At 41, joy for football still there for Tom Brady

Sunday, 09 Sep, 2018

After rumors swirled yesterday that the quarterback was teasing his retirement in the epilogue to his video series Tom vs Time, the full release of the epilogue today sees Tom Brady reiterate his desire to play until age 45.

"My goal is to make more plays than I did previous year ... improving my sacks and tackles for loss and everything", he said.

This offseason, for the first time, Brady skipped out on reporting to Gillette Stadium in April.

On the other side, the Patriots aren't returning missing players as much as they are, well, missing them.

Without seeing the draft results, though, I'm going to stick with the fact that if your dad is an National Football League player, you basically have to get him on your team. The Boston Globe expects the Patriots to kick things up a notch on special teams this season. "I think everybody is, not just myself".

"Obviously, with that comes a lot of responsibilities but I'm just looking forward to being a positive example throughout the season". They wanted to talk about a lot of drama and I'm sure a lot teams have things like that, but ours is just to the 10th degree.

In response to a question about his weekly appearance on WEEI's morning show, "Kirk and Callahan", Brady initially said he doesn't know whether he'll continue to call in for interviews. "I think as an offensive line we do a good job of all being on the same page". I'm learning to do deal with it better'. I've had a few experiences when I haven't been out there and haven't liked those very much. Like, nothing's that big a deal to me anymore.

When asked about knowing where the Houston pass rushers are on the field, Gronkowski said, "it's super important, but I mean, they've got a lot of good pass rushers on this team". Like people's health. Like life or death. We'll see if the Patriots can overcome the loss of wide receiver Julian Edelman (suspended for the season's first four games) against a unsafe defense, and if their offensive line can hold off the pressure of J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney.

Star defensive end J.J. Watt, linebacker Whitney Mercilus and quarterback Deshaun Watson were among 21 Houston players that spent time on injured reserve during the 2017 campaign. But, yeah, when I think of Tom, I think of situations like that.

"I think (it's a challenge for) us as a defense", said McCourty. They want to talk about a lot of drama. "One of the keys for Kansas City last year was not turning the ball over, in fact, they were number one in the league, but that's going to be hard to duplicate with a rookie quarterback in Mahomes this year". And once you stop you're done.

"I think that's the biggest thing ... just not letting those guys get comfortable inside the pocket", Hightower said.

"That doesn't surprise me at all", guard Shaq Mason said following Wednesday's practice.

"He's a really hard guy to match up against".