Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Brady aims to quiet the Seattle crowd
By Field Yates
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will make his 164th regular-season start this Sunday, and his first as a visitor in Seattle, where the Patriots will travel to take on the Seahawks for a Week 6 showdown at CenturyLink Field.
Tom Brady says there is nothing better than quieting a raucous home crowd when on the road.
Seattle is one of just two cities that Brady has not traveled to during his 12-plus year NFL career, as he missed the team's last trip there in 2008 due to an ACL tear.
He says he's looking forward to playing in a new venue.
"I think I've looked forward to doing that," Brady told reporters on Wednesday. "There's probably not many that I haven't played at, at this point, but this will be fun. It's always nice when you take 53 guys on the road and you say 'this is all we've got, and this is all we need, this is what we got to do,' and see 70,000 fans and keep them quiet, or turn them on their own team. That's the exciting part for road teams, to see if you can get them booing their own players."
Seattle is known as one of the more difficult -- and noisy -- cities to play in for visitors, due in part to the construction of CenturyLink Stadium, with a unique structure that seemingly contains noise generated from the stands.
Brady relishes the opportunity to play in such a raucous environment.
"Well that's the fun part about being on the road. There's nothing better than being on the road, like in Buffalo a few weeks ago, and there were more of our fans at the end than their fans," he continued. "That's part of, we've done it in Pittsburgh, we've done that in some very loud environments. This place will be really loud. Deion [Branch] said in opening warm-ups, I think just the way the stadium is built, I think there's a lot of energy and a lot of sound and certainly on the field there is.
"It's going to be fun, it'll be fun for us players," Brady added. "We went out there in '08, I didn't go out there, but it was a dog fight that we had. They only won two games that year, but our game came right down to the end with them. They have a lot of very talented players, and it's a challenging place to play. They play well at home."