Tom Brady respects that Bill O’Brien “let me have it”

AP

Perhaps part of the reason Patriots quarterback Tom Brady expressed such respect for the Texans this week — other than it just being the kind of thing Tom Brady says — was the relationship he had with Texans coach Bill O’Brien.

And the fact O’Brien was willing and able to chew him out on the sideline stuck with Brady.

In the five years O’Brien spent with the Patriots he earned the nickname “Teapot” from his quarterbacks, and blew off plenty of steam in Brady’s direction after an interception against Washington in 2011.

He kind of let me have it. I deserved it,” Brady told WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan show, via CSNNE.com. “It was kind of a dumb throw. I deserved it. I kind of chirped back, and he didn’t like it. I was kind of fiery at the time, too.

“We cooled off pretty quick. That’s Billy’s style. Billy’s gonna let you know if he doesn’t like something that you did. He handles it in the right way, in a way that you really respected. You know he’s fiery, you know he just wants to get the job done. We cooled off. We ended up winning the game [when] Jerod Mayo made a great interception to end that game. By the time we got to the locker room we were good.

“There are a lot of emotions in this game. You wear them on your sleeve, and sometimes you just fire off. That’s just the way it goes.”

Of course, O’Brien’s being so willing to share his emotions might also be a factor in the continuing chatter about his long-term future with the Texans, but it’s also a sign of his stature a as a coach that he made such an imprint on Brady.

17 responses to “Tom Brady respects that Bill O’Brien “let me have it”

  1. Another heartwarming chapter in the Model Franchise located in Foxboro……

    We Patriots are so proud!

  2. Tom Brady, back in his self-induced head lines. Sigh.
    Brady became absolutely unglued when challenged by Coach O’Brien on the sideline. This was not a Teacher/Student learning moment it was a “I AM TOM BRADY, I CONTROL THE TEAM AND YOU DON’T!!”

    Spin it Prince Tom. America still hates you. You broke the laws, you cheated, and you don’t care.

  3. Tom Brady is my all time favorite but I loved that moment. Everybody gets too big for their britches and I admire O’Brien for having the sack to stand up to a mega star on national TV. I don’t think a lot of OC’s would have done that.

    Nobody is above accountability not even Tom Brady. Accountability makes you better. Excuses make you worse.

  4. I wasn’t too crazy about O’Brien calling out Brady on the sideline like that. He tried to show up Brady and that’s not the Patriots style. I’m sure Brady has as much or more respect for Josh McDaniels who knows how to have civilized discussions on the sidelines.

  5. The Texans are the team that’s closest to replicating The Patriots Way and are IMO a decent QB away from being a top team in the AFC. They play in a generally weak division, to boot, so the path is there. If Osweiller had worked out they would have won 11 or 12 games this year.

  6. Also Brady had no problem with being called out. He’d just thrown an awful pick in the red zone. He said on the interview essentially that he deserved it.

  7. When you are the GREATEST FOOTBALL PLAYER OF ALL TIME you can afford to be magnanimous.

    Brady feels obligated to get everyone a ring who ever played or coached there. But let’s hope Tea Pot is just number 23 on the playoff win list. Could be tough.

  8. I wasn’t too crazy about O’Brien calling out Brady on the sideline like that. He tried to show up Brady and that’s not the Patriots style. I’m sure Brady has as much or more respect for Josh McDaniels who knows how to have civilized discussions on the sidelines.
    ____________________________________
    Brady loves McDanny because McDanny is a convicted and fired cheater and right hand man to the Master, Belicheat.

  9. Only liberal snow flakes would take issue of a QB and coach having a shouting match on the sidelines. Welcome to competition and sports. Stick to knitting if you can’t handle it.

  10. Aww, cupcake is upset w/ Tom Brady.
    I’m in Texas cupcake and I know a bunch a people that like Tom Brady…and a whole bunch more that may not cheer for him but respect the hell out of him.
    I concur with the above; knitting sounds about your speed.

  11. isleptwithoj says:
    Jan 10, 2017 7:05 AM
    Spin it Prince Tom. America still hates you. You broke the laws, you cheated, and you don’t care.
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    Only the half on the left side of the Bell Curve hate him. Those individuals are foolish enough to believe that the NFL makes laws and seize private property belonging to a player as long as it’s is working condition.

    The truth is that the footballs followed the law of science and the PSI lowered from the cold. People being too ignorant to understand 7th grade science is what led to many fools to believe that someone let air out of footballs.

  12. Tom said as much after the game as he has now. His position has never really changed on the incident with O’Brien, which for the record made me cringe a bit. O’Brien may have been a wee bit out of line. In NE, coaches coach and players play. Brady has never been a “I run this team” kind of player, and I doubt he wants to be. He knows the way to win consistently is a group effort, 1-53, plus coaches and ownership.

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