Tom Brady: Vacation’s over, be ready to get to work

Reuters

These last few weeks of freedom before training camp are the weeks coaches worry about most.

But Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told his teammates before the break not to think of it as a break.

Via Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal, Brady made sure to send word to his teammates not to show up out of shape when they report to camp July 23.

I think we really had our vacation. I think that part’s over,” Brady said. “Not that you shouldn’t enjoy time with your family and stuff like that. For those seven months we’re pretty busy every day. I think you really focus on being prepared for camp. It’s really a time to start accelerating your preparation because you’ve got a lot of time to basically know what you need to improve on.
“Maybe it’s conditioning or any particular aspect of your game that you really need to work on that showed up in this particular camp, and you’ve got five weeks to work on it, make it better so you come into camp at the most important time, really at your best.”

The Patriots are again going to be working in new offensive parts, and won’t know when they’ll see tight end Rob Gronkowski, so being ready to go from the start of camp will be crucial for them.

45 responses to “Tom Brady: Vacation’s over, be ready to get to work

  1. .
    The Patriots open with 4 of their first 6 games on the road. They can’t afford a poor start.
    .

  2. tom brady doesn’t need to practice since he knows NFL referees will grant him free bogus last second pass interference calls to give him home field advantage in the playoffs.

    SEE: Week 14 – new england vs. Cleveland

  3. doctorrustbelt says:
    Jun 30, 2014 8:44 AM
    tom brady doesn’t need to practice since he knows NFL referees will grant him free bogus last second pass interference calls to give him home field advantage in the playoffs.

    SEE: Week 14 – new england vs. Cleveland
    #################################
    Listen. It’s not too late. Get some help.

  4. Something tells me he’s not particularly pleased with what he saw during OTA’s

  5. Peyton Manning ended his vacation 1 week after losing the SB while Brady was out there hamming it up for the cameras at the Kentucky Derby.

  6. titansbro says:
    Jun 30, 2014 9:02 AM
    They play in the AFC east so a poor start is certainly not that hard to over come. That’s why they’re always the 1-2 seed.

    The Titans play in the AFC south and still can’t overcome slow starts, yet alone make the wild card.

  7. Another year, another question as to how long Rob Gronkowski will need to recover from his latest surgery, this time from a torn ACL and MCL.

  8. Or maybe the AFC east appears so weak from the outside because they have to play the Patriots two times a year. I almost feel bad for the Bills/Jets/Dolphins. They start out every year with pretty much an 0-2 record. I doubt it would be much different for you Titans if they were in our division. Houston ran away with that division two years ago and the Colts last year. I’ll give you one guess on who knocked both teams out of the playoffs.

  9. Jun 30, 2014 9:02 AM
    They play in the AFC east so a poor start is certainly not that hard to over come. That’s why they’re always the 1-2 seed.


    Right, because going 8-2 outside the division last season had nothing to do with them being the 2 seed.

    And if we want to be factual the weakest division in the AFC since 2001 is not the AFC east (the # 1 haters excuse as to why they are good) it’s the AFC south. Based on win lose record and playoff appearances of teams not named the Colts or Patriots.

  10. Do Pats fans really think they would have fared better against the Seahawks in the SB? They were throttled by the Broncos in the AFC championship and they would have been annihilated in the SB. And there’s no way the Jets would let them use their facilities. No way. Not Ever.

  11. Football is cyclical, like most sports. What makes the AFC East “weak” is the impressive run by the Pats.

    NFC West used to be a joke just a couple years ago, now SF and SEA are very strong and STL/AZ good too.

    If any division has been bad its the AFC South Mr Titans bro. When Maninning’s Colts were there, it was a joke division. And now Luck’s Colts seem to run that diision again.

    It’s a QB driven league and the Pats have had a good one for a decade plus, and the Tians haven’t, simple as that.

    Pats have a pretty darn good record against the NFC in Tom’s tenure at QB too by the way.

  12. It’s nice to see how so few people respect someone for hard work.
    Most of the young QBs are more Kardashian and less USMC.
    I think a good example was the easily forgettable Quincy Carter, Dallas QB under Parcells. Before his drug bust he was working hard and always at the facility as Peter King pointed out in a visit to Parcells. It was 10pm at the Ranch and Parcells famously yelled “Carter!’ in Kings presence and Carter answered him back, as he was studying late into the evening. No one would say Carter had the potential as most of these guys but his work kept him around far longer than would have otherwise been possible. Until he cracked under the pressure. (that season the terrible Cowboys won 10 games)
    Something that some of these guys from RG to Manziel might want to think about before drinking too much of the marketing Kool-Aid.

  13. Tom you are done as a qb you can’t throw deep and when you try it is picked off off or incomplete


    Blah blah blah don’t we here this every preseason from the haters ?

    Why is it that these morons just remember the last game they watched and just parrot each other?

  14. It’s pathetic to see so many trolls bashing this team year after year and say they’re cheating. The Pats haven’t won the SB for a few years but the jealous hatred still flows. It’s ok, we get it all the time over in the central. It comes with the territory of having rock solid organizations.

  15. Peyton Manning can’t hold Tom Brady’s Jock strap! Comparing a straight up Baller with one of the league’s biggest choke artists ever!! Not a fan of either team, just sayin’.

  16. Patriots fan here…
    BRING ON THE HATE!!!
    I love that my team brings you pain!!!!
    keep crying & stay envious & I’ll just keep smilin’
    GO PATS!!!

  17. Pats fans are so sensitive. Yeah the Titans are not great right now, I guess that means my commentary is worthless. You can’t have an opinion unless your team is good? Dumbest comment ever. Is that supposed to offend me? Lol my panties must ride a bit lower than yours. But to say the AFC east is anything less than crappy (other than the pats) is fantasy world. They’re a good team & Tom is a good QB, but they’ve been exposed in the playoffs lately. Quick, what’re Brady’s post season stats the last 5 years?

    Btw, I live in boston & pats fans are hypersensitive to any & all criticism. You’d think I insulted your mother.

  18. 6ball says:
    Jun 30, 2014 8:23 AM

    “The Patriots open with 4 of their first 6 games on the road. They can’t afford a poor start.”

    That’s a good point, though their first six games are @ Miami, @ Minnesota, vs Oakland, @ KC, vs Cincinnati, and @ Buffalo. Then their next three games are all at home, heading into their bye week.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see them go 4-2 in their first six games, possibly even 5-1. A solid start to 2014 for them.

  19. This pats team is in steep decline
    LOL to the fella thinking they wil go 19-0!!
    lets just hope they can win 8 games this year, then Bellacheat will get run out of town!!

    Scol

  20. vikesr4reel says:
    Jun 30, 2014 9:48 AM
    zero Super Bowls since Spygate….
    Hmmmmm, wonder why that is??

    #patscheatdotcom
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    And the Vikings haven’t won the Super Bowl since…. ever.

    The Patriots draw so much criticism because they’ve been successful for so long. They have an excellent offseason program, they have a great philosophy, and stability from their coaching staff and front office. When the worst knock you can put on a team, coach or quarterback is that they haven’t won their fourth super bowl, they’re obviously doing something right.

  21. touchdownroddywhite says:
    Jun 30, 2014 8:59 AM
    Something tells me he’s not particularly pleased with what he saw during OTA’s
    _______________________________
    Granted it’s dudes running around in shorts, but supposedly the receivers collectively had pretty good OTAs/minicamps. I’m more worried about the OL, since their performance wasn’t up to par last year and you can’t tell a thing about them (or running backs)in OTAs and the Pats lost Scarnecchia, one of the best OL coaches ever. Perhaps it’s just a warning from Brady because again, their squad is filled with young guys and there isn’t a lot of veteran leadership on the team.

    Weepingjeebus, I wish I could give you one thousand thumbs up for your vacation comment. Well played, sir!

  22. It’s the same 7 or 8 trolls, slobbering on NE threads because their own team stinks, and they have to watch, helplessly, while they get punched in the mouth by NE. When you cry, whine, and admit to wearing “panties,” you need to seek help. I notice that the Seahawks, and NE get the most jealous posts. It’s so good to know that we contend, year in, year out.

  23. titansbro says:
    Jun 30, 2014 9:02 AM
    They play in the AFC east so a poor start is certainly not that hard to over come. That’s why they’re always the 1-2 seed.
    _____________________________________
    Seriously? Public school math is failing you again. If the Pats blow out the AFC East that gives them 6 wins. They still have 10 more games to play.

    2004 14 wins 2 losses (that’s another 8 wins against NON AFC-E Teams)
    2005 10 wins 6 losses
    2006 12 wins 4 losses
    2007 16 wins (that’s every team they played in the regular season and every team in the post season too until the loss in the Superbowl)
    2008 11 wins 5 losses
    2009 10 wins 6 losses
    2010 14 wins 2 losses
    2011 13 wins 3 losses
    2012 12 wins 4 losses
    2013 12 wins 4 losses

    So routinely over just the last 10 years, this team has consistently posted 10 wins, but usually more like 12 on average.

    Just don’t let anything pesky like, ya know, stats get in the way of your ridiculous attempt at mockery.

    –Mike

  24. ALL THE HATERS TEAMS ARE NOT VERY GOOD SO IF YOUR TEAM IS BAD EVERY YEAR YOU CAN FIND AN OTHER TEAM TO CHEER FOR OR FOLLOW AND ENJOY..BUT THEY CHOOSE TO SPEW HATE INSTEAD BECAUSE THERE PISSED OFF CUZ EVERYONE KNOWS THE PATRIOTS EVERY YEAR HAVE A GREAT CHANCE TO NOT ONLY GET TO THE SB BUT WIN THE SUPER BOWL.UN LIKE THERE PATHETIC TEAM WHICH LIKE MOST YEARS HAS ZERO CHANCE…GO HATE SOME WERE ELSE HATERS…WAR PATRIOTS.

  25. zero Super Bowls since Spygate….

    Actually they’ve been to 2 of them, and lost close games because the Giants played fantastic at the right time.

    They can’t be the best team all the time, nobody can. Watch what happens with Seattle this year when everybody knows they’re going up against the reigning champs.

  26. at least the Vikes win with CLASS!!
    Unlike the cheating Pats and Ped Head Hawks.
    Think of the example these pathetic franchises are showing young players…
    Carry your head high in the clouds like your clouded rings and wins…

  27. Pats are gonna win it all this year, that’s just how it is. All the haters will have left is nobody has won back to back Super Bowls since ‘spygate’.

  28. Im a packer fan, but i must say that the patriots spent a little more in free agency than they usually do. Brady is 37(?) or close to it, they realize their window with him is short, theyre all in now. Brady wants to make sure everyone is at peak focus when training camp starts.

    Yes, theyve played in a bad division for years now, but that doesnt change the fact that theyve been one of the afc’s best teams year in and year out.

  29. If my team has been in the AFC East, for the last 13 years, we are probably 0-2 against the Pats. Generally, but not always, it has taken 11 wins to grab a wild card spot. If there are 14 games left, and we are 0-2, my team has to go 11-3 in the remaining games to make the playoffs. 11-3. This is why you rarely see an AFC East team in the playoffs NOT named The Patriots, and why the division looks non-competitive. The Jets did make the AFC Championship game twice in 2009 and 2010, and Miami made the playoffs in 2001 and 2008, and failed to make the playoffs at 10-6 in 2003. The Jets actually made the playoffs 6 times in this time period; possibly their most successful decade. Buffalo has not fared as well but they have their moments and it’s a tough place to go play. The perception that the AFC East has been a doormat division and the Patriots are gifted 6 wins every year, rather than earn them, is a fallacy.

  30. @vikesr4reel:

    Your team has won NOTHING…

    Just for you and the rest of the uninformed:

    Most of the Patriot haters that talk about “SPYGATE” on a regular basis have NO IDEA what it was about, or the time table in question. It’s funny to me that they think it was cheating, or in anyway,
    negates the Pats 3 rings… Here is a history lesson for you so the next time you want to talk about “SPYGATE”, you actually know what happened!

    “SPYGATE” is in the reference to the illegal taping of defensive signals from the sidelines, for viewing AFTER THE GAME, which was deemed against the rules back in 2006.

    This new rule was established in a memo from Roger Goodell’s office and sent to ALL teams in the NFL. Not just the Pats… Let me repeat… This memo was sent to ALL TEAMS IN THE NFL…

    The reason being is because “SPYGATE” had likely been done by several teams in the NFL for DECADES, and NO WHERE IN THE RULE BOOK did it say it couldn’t be done.

    The rules clearly stated that you couldn’t tape from the sidelines to use that information for assistance DURING the game. It said NOTHING ABOUT TAPING FROM THE SIDELINES TO REVIEW THAT INFORMATION AFTER THE GAME. Which is EXACTLY what we are talking about!

    With that being said, the actual “SPYGATE” controversy is about the Patriots continuing to tape these signals from the date the memo was sent out in 2006, to their 2007 season opener against the Jets on 9/9/2007.

    Anytime, before this memo in 2006, including their 3 Super Bowl titles, IS NOT WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT.

    What is in question is the 2007 preseason and the 2007 season opener against the Jets. THAT IS ALL,, So if you want to call the Pats cheaters during that 1 year time frame, but all means. They were CHEATERS. Too bad for your hater narrative, all of the Pats 3 rings were won before 2006. So what they were doing at that time WAS NOT CHEATING!

    Fox NFL Sunday, September 16, 2007.

    Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson said, “This is exactly how I was told to do it 18 years ago by a Kansas City Chiefs scout. I tried it, but I didn’t think it helped us.” Johnson also said, “Bill Belichick was wrong because he videotaped signals after a memo was sent out to all of the teams saying not to do it. But what irritates me is hearing some reactions from players and coaches. These players don’t know what their coaches are doing. And some of the coaches have selective amnesia because I know for a fact there were various teams doing this. That’s why the memo was sent to everybody.”

    The more you know!

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