FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With the Patriots set to host the Giants on Sunday, a natural storyline is that it’s a rematch of Super Bowl XLII. Quarterback Tom Brady, however, isn’t looking back.
“That’s a distant memory. There’s not much you can take from that,” Brady said Wednesday at his weekly news conference.
“This is an entirely different team we have, and they have, and strengths and weaknesses. There are so many players on our team that obviously were not a part of that game, or any [meaningful] game against the Giants.”
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady vs. the Giants.
Brady was then asked if the Super Bowl loss is gone from his existence.
“This week it is,” he responded. “There are always times you think about it, but this week I’m not thinking about that game. This isn’t the week for that.”
Brady touched on the Giants’ ability to rush the passer (they lead the lack in sacks), adding that there is familiarity in what they do from facing them in the preseason each year.
As for the mood around the team this week following Sunday’s 25-17 loss to the Steelers, Brady relayed that it’s never a cheery place after a result like that. That’s the way it’s been in recent years as the Patriots have had success in avoiding losses in back-to-back regular season games.
“We’re all pretty much in a bad mood,” he said. “There is a mourning process that goes on with our team, our coaches, players. We hate losing. It’s not something we’ll ever get used to. It sucks. The whole week sucks, actually. You just have to go out there and erase that memory with a good win and good days of practice. Once you get into the preparation of the week, you end up moving on to the week coming up.”
A potential added distraction this week is the status of receiver Julian Edelman, who was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with indecent assault and battery.
“We kind of let Coach Belichick handle that. [Edelman's] our friend,” Brady said. “We’re trying to get ready to win a football game. That’s kind of what’s on my mind.
“It’s not much for me to talk about. It’s not my situation. It’s someone else’s,” Brady said. “I have plenty of things I need to worry about over the course of this week. My priorities are to be the best quarterback I can be for this team. Just like everyone, their role on this team is to do their job as well as they can.
“We have a very tough opponent who is playing very well coming in, and all of our focus and attention needs to be on them. They’re enough to handle as is. We got off to a good start the last couple days as a team. We need to keep it rolling through the whole week. I think that’s where our focus is.”
Brady was later asked how the team keeps an arrest like Edelman’s from being a distraction that affects performance on the field.
“You don’t talk about it [and] answer questions when people ask. You just move on,” he said.