Brady on O'Brien coaching dynamic

December, 12, 2011
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During his weekly appearance on sports radio WEEI on Monday morning, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady elaborated more on his sideline blow-up with offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien during the fourth quarter of Sunday's win.

Brady told hosts John Dennis and Gerry Callahan that he appreciates the hard coaching.

"We’re both very emotional people and believe me, when things don’t go well, everyone gets frustrated. There are different ways that we express our frustration and when I make a play like that at the end of the game, it’s not what he expects, or any coach expects. That’s just part of the game," Brady said during his 6:30 a.m. appearance.

"He and I have a great relationship. I love that he feels that he can coach me. I think that’s something as a veteran player, you maybe don’t get a lot from coaches. Because you’re a veteran, you think ‘Man, I can’t be yelled out.’ But yeah, you can. And you should. We’re all held accountable. I’m glad our defense really made the play to win the game at the end, because I would have been feeling pretty crappy if we would have somehow not pulled that game out with that interception there at the end."

Later in the interview, Gerry Callahan asked a light-hearted question to Brady, wondering who would have won in a fight between the two.

Brady laughed.

"Billy and I have a great relationship, so I think it's just that thing on both of our parts, and I do that a lot too, I get on guys all the time," Brady said. "It's a way to try to get guys to respond. Our team needs a lot of fire. We need a lot of emotion. That's the way you play the game."

Callahan later talked about those reading Brady's lips during the sideline spat.

"I hope my mom wasn't trying to read my lips," Brady said. "I'll tell you, it's so emotional. When you get caught up in a game like that and the tension is running high and there is pressure on every play. That's what happens. Certainly, when I miss plays and miss throws that can really help us take control of the game, I get very frustrated. I think that frustration comes out in different ways. Certainly, we as a team, these are the only guys we got. We have our group of guys and that's who we rely on and depend on, and those are all the guys I have a ton of confidence in. So it's all of us being together and winning as a team, and ultimately overcoming some pretty tough situations, which we've done over the course of the year and hopefully we continue to do."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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