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Tom Brady likes the challenge of Pats’ new secondary

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Things are getting a little more heated in Patriots practices, with a new secondary making things a little harder for the offense.

And while quarterback Tom Brady’s a perfectionist, he knows having Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis working over his receivers is making them better.

I think that’s what defenses do,” Brady said, via Tom Curran of CSNNE.com. “We’ll go into games and say, ‘Look, these guys hold on every play. They grab you, they clutch you, they hold you, but we still have to figure out a way to get open. It’s not flag football. Their hands are going to be on you, and the refs, they’re only going to call it when you pass the limit of where they think the limit is.’ ”

The Patriots were strafed by the Broncos last year in the AFC Championship Game, and then watched the Seahawks outmuscle the Broncos in the Super Bowl. So that was a not-subtle reminder to a defense that has traditionally played off receivers more often.

“I think all of those guys are veterans,” Brady said. “They know how to get away with certain plays. Like [offensive] holding for example – it happens every play, so if you look close enough you’re going to find holding. There is an edge that you can always push it to. If you look at the offensive line, there’s holding on every play. That’s just the way football is. You’ve just got to do it in a way where the refs don’t see it and don’t call it. But that same thing goes for the defensive backfield. If there is a way to gain leverage on a particular route then you’re going to use it. The veterans know how to do it better; they know right where the limit is.”

And that’s testing the limits of Brady’s patience in practice, even if he knows they’ll be better for it.

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39 Responses to “Tom Brady likes the challenge of Pats’ new secondary”
  1. cpitch12 says: Aug 1, 2014 9:20 AM

    Best defense we have had on paper in 10-11 years. You have to be good , which we are , stay healthy and get lucky to have success in the NFL. This D has 8 first round picks on it if Im not mistaken…..Wheres Bart Scott at ???? CANT WAIT!!!!

  2. acooke5592 says: Aug 1, 2014 9:28 AM

    So, Tom, what you’re saying is the Patriots will be better this year because they brought in players who know how to cheat more effectively?

    Maybe try focusing on players who are good without having to cheat? Just a thought.

  3. jetsbandwagon says: Aug 1, 2014 9:30 AM

    The league screwed the Jets! They have envy for us! They let the Patriots cheat by spying on us and stealing our Super Bowl winning ideas! God will punish Goodell and the Patriots for screwing with his chosen team! Those rings the Pats won belong to us! We will start a dynasty, minimum of 3 rings in the next 5 years!!We will have 11 rings by 2025, including the ones given back to us! I could not have a better team!

    #JetsDynasty
    #WeOwnThePats
    #AndTheAFC

  4. jetsbandwagon says: Aug 1, 2014 9:32 AM

    We have the best defense, best o-line, best WR, best RB, and two top 5 QBs! I’m glad that God is on our side!

    #JetsDynasty
    #2014SBChamps
    #GodsTeam

  5. 6ball says: Aug 1, 2014 9:33 AM

    .
    On paper and before any injuries, this is the best Patriots defense since the Bruschi – Harrison unit.

    They actually have both guys who can rush the passer and guys who can cover
    .

  6. sacpete1 says: Aug 1, 2014 9:36 AM

    Recess is over jetsbandwagon. Better get back to class.

  7. snipedanglecelly13 says: Aug 1, 2014 9:39 AM

    This has got to be Rex commenting above us. Holy crap! Lol.

    But anyway, are we ever gonna quit bringing up spygate? That was 10 years ago…lol let it go.

  8. TheWizard says: Aug 1, 2014 9:44 AM

    be better this year because they brought in players who know how to cheat more effectively

    I’m hoping your team doesn’t push the limits at all. Better to cautious and tentative as a defense and offensive line, right?

  9. belichickluvsu says: Aug 1, 2014 9:49 AM

    Patriots will win the Super Bowl this year.
    Go ahead everyone, if you can’t beat them hate on them it’s the modern American way

  10. trollhammer20 says: Aug 1, 2014 9:51 AM

    “It’s not flag football.”

    Not yet, anyway.

  11. infectorman says: Aug 1, 2014 9:52 AM

    ‘Look, these guys hold on every play. They grab you, they clutch you, they hold you, but we still have to figure out a way to get open. It’s not flag football. Their hands are going to be on you, and the refs, they’re only going to call it when you pass the limit of where they think the limit is.’ ”
    _________

    Obviously, referring to Pete the Cheat Carroll’s team

  12. jetsarestacked says: Aug 1, 2014 9:53 AM

    it will interesting to see how good their defense is. revis will be big for them no question about it, but how good will wilfork and mayo be coming off season ending injuries? how good is browner without earl thomas and cam chancellor behind him? i’m not convinced this will be a dominant unit but it should be better than last year that’s for sure.

  13. gayforbrady says: Aug 1, 2014 9:54 AM

    Has anyone but jets fan checked their schedule yet?

    I see them winning 2 games of their first 9.

    The most brutal schedule I have seen so far.

    Can’t wait for the drama.

  14. jnbnet says: Aug 1, 2014 9:55 AM

    Superbowl….49ers and Patriots. Patriots win in OT

  15. jetsmmt says: Aug 1, 2014 10:08 AM

    He’s well versed in the bending of the rules and how to sway officiating to your own advantage. Then again, I’m not surprised.

  16. weepingjebus says: Aug 1, 2014 10:11 AM

    So I googled this Tom Brady fellow, and it seems like he might know what he’s talking about when it comes to football.

  17. realguy says: Aug 1, 2014 10:16 AM

    I love you jetsbandwagon.

  18. caveman1000 says: Aug 1, 2014 10:19 AM

    Not sure they’ll be any better; maybe just older. Head coach was supposed to be a defensive genius, but it’s been 5 years since this team had a defense that WASN’T in the bottom quarter of the league (even playing in a crappy division all that time). Defensive genius; far from it – he stinks!

  19. flash1287 says: Aug 1, 2014 10:35 AM

    caveman1000 says:
    Aug 1, 2014 10:19 AM
    Not sure they’ll be any better; maybe just older. Head coach was supposed to be a defensive genius, but it’s been 5 years since this team had a defense that WASN’T in the bottom quarter of the league (even playing in a crappy division all that time). Defensive genius; far from it – he stinks!


    You don’t have a clue!

  20. jnbnet says: Aug 1, 2014 10:41 AM

    caveman1000 says:
    Aug 1, 2014 10:19 AM
    Not sure they’ll be any better; maybe just older. Head coach was supposed to be a defensive genius, but it’s been 5 years since this team had a defense that WASN’T in the bottom quarter of the league (even playing in a crappy division all that time). Defensive genius; far from it – he stinks!
    ———————————————
    They gave up a lot of yards. That is how defenses are measured. They did not give many points. It was a “bend don’t break” type of defense.

  21. bullcharger says: Aug 1, 2014 10:47 AM

    acooke5592 says:Aug 1, 2014 9:28 AM

    So, Tom, what you’re saying is the Patriots will be better this year because they brought in players who know how to cheat more effectively?

    Maybe try focusing on players who are good without having to cheat? Just a thought.

    ——————-

    Suuuuure… that’s what he’s saying.

  22. pats1944 says: Aug 1, 2014 10:49 AM

    Not sure they’ll be any better; maybe just older. Head coach was supposed to be a defensive genius, but it’s been 5 years since this team had a defense that WASN’T in the bottom quarter of the league (even playing in a crappy division all that time). Defensive genius; far from it – he stinks!
    ———————————————
    They gave up a lot of yards. That is how defenses are measured. They did not give many points. It was a “bend don’t break” type of defense.

    ___________________

    Some people don’t understand bills genius. 3 field goal (each 80 yard drives= 240)=9 points, 2 touchdowns (on 2 80 yard drives= 160) but is 14 points.

  23. bullcharger says: Aug 1, 2014 10:50 AM

    jnbnet says:Aug 1, 2014 9:55 AM

    Superbowl….49ers and Patriots. Patriots win in OT

    —————

    I like the sound of that, but after 2007 and 2011 I’m not sure I can take a Super Bowl coming down to the end of the game. The problem is there won’t be any tomato cans in the NFC playoff picture. What ever AFC team makes it through can probably only hope to win a close one at best.

  24. pftisfulloftrolls says: Aug 1, 2014 11:02 AM

    Jetsbandwagon is more funny than pftpoet,doctorrustbelt,andlogicalvoice.

  25. bullcharger says: Aug 1, 2014 11:03 AM

    caveman1000 says:Aug 1, 2014 10:19 AM

    Not sure they’ll be any better; maybe just older. Head coach was supposed to be a defensive genius, but it’s been 5 years since this team had a defense that WASN’T in the bottom quarter of the league (even playing in a crappy division all that time). Defensive genius; far from it – he stinks!

    ——————

    While the Patriots are last overall in the last 5 years in combined yards allowed (a really dumb stat) they are 5th best in points allowed in the same stretch and made it to the AFC Championship 3 years straight.

    Ranking defenses by yards allowed is not really meaningful. Bend but don’t break has been Belichick’s strategy and it has got better results then only 4 teams in the defensive stat that matters… points allowed.

    As I’m sure you could imagine, the top 4 are SFO, PIT, BAL and SEA, so the Patriots are in pretty good company in that stat.

    Just thought you should know.

  26. terripet says: Aug 1, 2014 11:05 AM

    you won’t complete a pass against these guys

  27. jnbnet says: Aug 1, 2014 11:14 AM

    bullcharger says:
    Aug 1, 2014 10:50 AM
    jnbnet says:Aug 1, 2014 9:55 AM

    Superbowl….49ers and Patriots. Patriots win in OT

    —————

    I like the sound of that, but after 2007 and 2011 I’m not sure I can take a Super Bowl coming down to the end of the game. The problem is there won’t be any tomato cans in the NFC playoff picture. What ever AFC team makes it through can probably only hope to win a close one at best.

    ================================
    Heart attack games are the best.

  28. caveman1000 says: Aug 1, 2014 11:36 AM

    Yeah, that’s right dudes….”it’s not about yards, man, it’s about points.” They gave up PLENTY of points over the past 5 years: hovering around 10th to 15th in the league in points allowed. Not exactly upper echelon defenses, and ya’ kinda’ know it, dudes.

    Don’t get all worked up. Your team can still hide out in that putrid division.

  29. flash1287 says: Aug 1, 2014 12:23 PM

    caveman1000 says:
    Aug 1, 2014 11:36 AM
    Yeah, that’s right dudes….”it’s not about yards, man, it’s about points.” They gave up PLENTY of points over the past 5 years: hovering around 10th to 15th in the league in points allowed. Not exactly upper echelon defenses, and ya’ kinda’ know it, dudes.

    Don’t get all worked up. Your team can still hide out in that putrid division.

    The ultimate Patriot hater/jealous fan excuse.
    “The Patriots only win because of there division”

    Last season 4-2 in the division 8-2 outside the division.

    The only way this lame argument works is if they are going 6-0 every season in the division and winnig 4 or 5 games outside the division and just barley making it into the playoffs.

    But since that’s not the case it has to be something els.
    They are just good. I know it’s hard to say but it’s true.

  30. patriotsarespygaters says: Aug 1, 2014 12:47 PM

    Using a patriot haters logic the patriots should be 6-10 then because of an easy division but in reality they have the best record against the NFC 41-11 , A 78%WIN PCT outside their division, averaging 12.3 wins per season , the best road record, the best home record in the NFL all in the last 15 years…

  31. revren10 says: Aug 1, 2014 1:18 PM

    The patriots with the greatest quarterback of all time should be favorites to win it all

  32. VenerableAxiom says: Aug 1, 2014 2:39 PM

    No one will have to complete a pass, they can go down the field on PI and holding penalties now that the officials are going to be calling them. Why do you think BB was so concerned about the renewed emphasis for NFL officials?

  33. NakedCowboy! says: Aug 1, 2014 4:05 PM

    they might have upgraded are CBs but they still have weak pass rush and avg safeties.

  34. rtroy23 says: Aug 1, 2014 7:01 PM

    They will do the same that they’ve always done since. They will win division and lose in round 1 or 2

  35. pongonfl says: Aug 1, 2014 7:10 PM

    What ever their fans like to think, the pats could not have the success they have had for a generation without allot of intellectual honesty in the leadership of the team.
    Tom just demonstrated his.
    If they had the officials that they got in their 3 superbowl wins every year, they would have 10 now.

  36. pauld0901 says: Aug 2, 2014 1:52 PM

    These comments are the funniest thing I’ve read in awhile 1st people have to realize that certain things happen throughout the league wether they want to admit or no, & if you don’t want you make yourself sound like an idiot, 2nd spy gate get over it the Patriots did something the rest of the league was doing 1 week longer and they paid for it fines & draft picks stripped, but I get the jealousy gotta hang your hat on something right. 3rd AND the funniest jets fans, as long as the jack hole of a coach is leading you, you will never get a the division never mind beat teams like Baltimore, Denver, KC ext never mind the Beasts of the NFC so whine cry or whatever, the best you can hope for is a split this year when playing THE PATS. Absolutely no way you take both games, The sad part is that ya’ll put in all this effort in running your mouths about being the Pats, that you don’t have the work ethic or smarts to know that beating New England while it is your superbowl means nothing you set your sights on that on beating NE AND we will be making another playoff/championship run,

  37. rebosprj says: Aug 5, 2014 11:26 AM

    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 t 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.”

  38. rebosprj says: Aug 5, 2014 11:29 AM

    Oh also, as for your being in the AFC East
    Winning percentage per division since 2002:

    AFC East: .525
    NFC East: .518
    NFC South: .515
    AFC South: .512
    AFC North: .509
    AFC West: .488
    NFC North: .480
    NFC West: .453

  39. bcgreg says: Aug 5, 2014 6:15 PM

    It’s not about the Xs and Os. It’s about the Jimmys and Joes.

    The Pats have the Jimmys and Joes on defense this year.

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