Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was a guest on sports radio WEEI this morning, as part of his “Patriots Monday” weekly appearances.
One part of the interview of note was Brady’s view of playing with veteran receiver Chad Ochocinco.
“With Deion [Branch] and Wes [Welker], I’ve played with them for so long, they know exactly what I’m thinking and why I’m thinking that,” Brady said on the “Dennis & Callahan” program, in which he was interviewed by John Dennis and Dale Arnold.
“With Chad, he’s been in a certain place for a long time. The way he’s played the game has been quite a bit different from the way we play the game. I think a lot of [it] is for him to understand what I’m thinking so we can always be on the same page. There are a lot of things that happen out there in the game that don’t happen in practice. It’s really been a crash course in that.”
Brady added more on Ochocinco when asked how the veteran receiver is picking up the team’s offense.
“He’s doing as good as you could hope. It’s an entirely new language,” he responded. “He’s a hard worker. He wants to do it. He’s very competitive. It’s really fun to be out there with him, because he wants the ball, he wants to practice, he wants to be out there and do it right, because he really wants us to be able to rely on him.
“It’s been great for Deion and Wes, and for Julian [Edelman], that whole receiver group, it’s very competitive out there.”
As for the preseason opener, Brady said he found out the night before that he wasn’t playing when coach Bill Belichick laid out his plan to the club. In the past, he said he would have fought such a decision, but he’s more accepting at this point of his career.
“[Belichick] told us the night before the game we weren’t playing, which I think shocked probabaly all of us,” Brady said, later adding that the playoff defeat to the Jets is one he'll never get over as it was "as painful a loss as we've had as a team."