FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady deemed himself as ready as possible for the start of the 2011 regular season on Wednesday, but admitted that with only six weeks of preparation under their belt, the Patriots as a whole remain a work in progress and Monday's season-opener in Miami will give the team a better chance to gauge exactly where they are at.
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Patriots QB Tom Brady at the podium on Wednesday."I’m as ready as I can possibly be," said Brady. "I think everyone’s put in a lot of work over the last six weeks to get to this point. We’ve moved on from the preseason and I think that getting prepared for a regular-season week has been a lot of fun for the guys. There's certainly a different urgency in the air. The guys are excited to watch a lot of film on these guys and have a pretty good understanding of what they do well and the things that we’re going to try to take advantage of."
As he often does, Brady stressed the need for the Patriots to improve during practices in order to thrive in game situations.
"I think we’ve been a little bit inconsistent over the preseason, we’re trying to get a lot of things straightened out," said Brady. "Look, we haven’t had a ton of practices and that’s where the inconsistencies come up. That’s why we’re going out to work on these things. We’re a long way from figuring out we’re we are going to be. I’m sure every week we’re going to improve if we keep working hard at it. But we've only been together for five or six weeks. I’m sure we'll do some things good and there will be things we need to correct. Hopefully we do enough to win."
Brady heaped praise on the Dolphins, spending time Wednesday focusing on the personnel in their secondary.
“They’re very good and I think we’ve played them plenty of times, so we understand that,” Brady said. "[Vontae Davis] is really a ball-hawk and he’s made some great interceptions against us, especially. He’s very talented, has all the tools of a great player. Sean Smith... he’s long, tall, physical, and he cover wells. For a big guy, he moves very well. They do, they have two very good corners. And [Benny] Sapp was in there in nickel situations, another very good, experienced player that has caused us some problems, too.
“It’s a dangerous group. There’s experience in the secondary, they’ve been playing together for a little while. They are very good, especially when the pass rush gets going. It’s loud at home and I think we experienced that last year when we were down there. They were revved up early and thank God for some special team plays because, offensively, we didn’t play as well as we would have liked [last season in Miami]. We’re going to have to play a lot better down there.”
But Brady again stressed that what the Patriots unveil Monday night is far from the finished product.
“I think all the prep over the last couple weeks has been for this night,” said Brady. “We’ve been working hard to get ready for opening night... Look, if things don’t go well in the preseason, you correct them. If things don’t go well in the regular season, you correct them. You’re always trying to see the things you did wrong so that you can correct and improve. Hopefully to get better over the course of the year. We’re working on getting better. I wish we had every single problem solved in Week 1, that's the goal. But how realistic is it? We’ll see when we take the field out there. I’m excited to see where we are at.
“We have a great test on Monday.”