- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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LONDON -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had his weekly appearance on sports radio WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan” show on Tuesday morning, and he touched on the team’s return from London on Monday.
“We took off pretty early London time and got in about 11:30, 12, so it wasn’t too bad at that point,” Brady told hosts John Dennis and Gerry Callahan of how the team arrived before the worst of Hurricane Sandy.
“Typically after a road game, we’ll get on the plane right away. Last time [in 2009], as well as this time, we stayed in London that night. The plan was to leave around noon London time, and we moved it up to about nine. That was probably a good idea. Everyone kind of rested on the flight, and the landing was pretty easy, actually.”
A few other soundbites from Brady:
On exploiting the Rams’ defense. “They were doing some things defensively that we hadn’t really seen and hadn’t really prepared for. We went in saying, ‘scheme-wise, this isn’t overly complicated.’ They do enough things to confuse you, but they want their guys playing fast, knowing what they’re doing, so we went in with a plan. They came out and didn’t do much of anything that we talked about. So we’re on the sideline after the first drive, after we scored, saying, ‘All right, how are we going to handle this, how are we going to handle this, how are we going to handle this?’ Really the guys did a great job of adjusting to those type of things. The thing about football – some days it’s like checkers, some days it’s like chess. Sometimes you just have to let your guys be better than their guys at what they’re doing. Some days, you have to scheme different to help your guys get open a little more, create a little more room in the run game, and it’s just always about adjustments.”
The performance in 45-7 win over the Rams. “That’s what we’re hoping every week. We played pretty well. I thought all the guys contributed. The guys were really focused. We had a good week of practice there and went over there and executed against a good team, a team that beat Arizona and beat Seattle. They have quite a few good players on their team. It just wasn’t their day and we capitalized on some of their mistakes. It ended up being, certainly not an easy game, but in the second half it was well under control.”
On the team's 5-3 record. "I think we're at where we really deserve to be. I don't think we've played any better than our record. We don't deserve to be anything better than we are. Look, every team can go 'Wow, without these handful of plays, we could be undefeated.' But we're not. There's a reason why. It's not like we played great football over these last eight weeks. There are a lot of improvements we need to make. There are a lot of things that we can do better. We have to get some guys healthy. We have to get everybody moving forward to make a big push here in the second half. This is where the best teams start to show themselves."
On offensive tackles Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer. “Phenomenal job on two guys who can rush, who can really do the job, and guys that are really the heart and soul of their defense. Nate and Sebastian have done that all year. I’ve never had to worry about the defensive end or a pass rush. It’s just something I’ve never really had to think about. It seems like we play good ends every week, and they really step up to the challenge. They did a great job.”