FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Argument between offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien and star quarterback Tom Brady on Sunday in Washington? What argument?
By the time Patriots coach Bill Belichick met with the media Monday, that volatile exchange on the New England bench after Brady’s end-zone interception late in the game already was in the rear-view mirror.
Twice Belichick, who helped separate O’Brien and Brady, was asked to address the incident. He was evasive.
“We do the same things we always do on Monday. We address the game and move on to the next opponent,” said Belichick when asked twice if he had spoken to O’Brien and Brady about the scene.
The interception came with the Pats on top, 34-27, and driving for seemingly at least a put-away field goal. But Brady’s pass intended for Tiquan Underwood in the back of the end zone was picked off with 6:37 to go.
As the Redskins began a drive from their 20, a march that reached the Pats’ five-yard line before Jerod Mayo’s interception with 29 seconds remaining sealed New England’s win, O’Brien and Brady began jawing at each other, O’Brien at one point ripping off his earphones to trade heated barks with Brady.
Underwood also was asked about the incident.
“It happens. It’s just part of the game. We’re all passionate about our jobs and what we do. It’s very intense, especially on game day,” said Underwood.
Brady appeared to be yelling at Underwood after the interception, seemingly upset that Underwood had not made a play on the pass that Washington’s Josh Wilson picked off.
“Me and Tom spoke afterward,” said Underwood. “He explained what I have to do the next time in that situation. I’ve got to run a better route and catch the ball. If I can’t catch the ball, I have to bat it down.”