Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Brady: We know this is a business trip
By Field Yates
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said during his weekly press conference with local media that he's excited to head to London for the team's Week 8 game against the St. Louis Rams.
"Yeah, I am. It'll be fun, it'll be a great game," he said. "It'll be a tough game. But it'll be memorable for a lot of reasons. I certainly remember our last trip. It's a nice experience for all the players kind of coming together and we're leaving after practice tomorrow, so hopefully we can go out and play well, that's the most important thing."
Brady and his teammates are due to arrive in London on Friday morning, allowing them more than 48 hours to acclimate to the 5-hour time difference prior to kickoff. The quarterback says the trip might also provide an opportunity to develop further chemistry with his teammates.
"I think there's definitely an element of that, yeah," Brady said. "I think you're together for extended periods of time which is always fun, people are away from all their other commitments. Certainly like a home game, there's a lot of commitments that different players have. When you go away, sometimes it's really nice for the players to get some rest, get some extra preparation, have extra time with your coaches. On this particular trip we have more time for that."
Among those items not on Brady's to-do list, however, is meeting the royal family.
"That is not the intent of this trip, no," he said with a laugh. "I don't want to get myself in trouble; we're going to London."
Brady also added that veterans haven't had to spend much time reminding their younger teammates that the international travel remains a business trip.
"Coach Belichick does a good job preparing us for stuff like this, but it's really a road game," he continued. "We're leaving a few days early, and going in the opposite direction. I think it's going to be important to get there and kind of get used to the environment a little bit."
The trip will conclude a tumultuous stretch of travel dating back to the preseason, and lead into the team's bye week. With a win, the Patriots would improve to 4-1 in their past five games, and Brady says the week off is something that all players are eagerly anticipating.
"Yeah, well the bye week, that's something that everyone looks forward to, just because you get a chance to take a deep -- it's like the second half," he noted. "You go into halftime, you have a chance to re-evaluate some things. That'll come, it will feel really good for that two-week stretch to feel good about what we have done, four of the last five weeks."
Before his team gets there, Brady knows a stiff challenge awaits them in taking on the 3-4 Rams.
"They're going to make us earn it," Brady said of St. Louis. "This is a team that presents a lot of tough challenges. And we've already lost to two of these NFC teams which they've actually beat, so we know it's a good football team, and we have to go out and play well."