Belichick talked on Wednesday about the challenges that come up because of the fact they're facing a team with new personnel, which is always one of the more hard things to deal with to begin a season. "Time" docuseries posted to Facebook on Wednesday, the star Patriots quarterback acknowledged what he struggled with could have been his approach and being in the same environment for so many years.
Despite winning five Super Bowls and becoming the oldest player ever to win MVP honors last season at age 40, Brady said he thinks there's another level he can reach.
This offseason, for the first time, Brady skipped out on reporting to Gillette Stadium in April. S Devin McCourty led team with career-high 94 tackles last season. I'm learning to deal with it better.
Running back James White and safety Patrick Chung are first-time captains this season, joining holdovers Tom Brady, Devin McCourty, Matthew Slater and David Andrews. And I don't think they really know if they're back.
"I'm a pretty mentally tough guy", Brady said, "so I deal with a lot of circumstances over a long period of time - 18, 19 years - and I'm excited for the season". Brady didn't give a definitive answer, but indicated he was leaning toward yes, saying, "I don't know". However, I think the Chargers are going to have the Chiefs' number.
"I mean, obviously you're facing the best quarterback of all time and possibly the best coach of all time", said Houston defensive end J.J. "I think it's going to be very hard to do, but I think I can do it".More news: Ramos Not Concerned By Salah Backlash
"I could tell people I'm feeling unbelievable, I could tell people I'm feeling awful", he told a conference call.
Watson has a lot to prove in his second year with the team, especially after a freak injury in practice injured ruined what could have been a historic season for a rookie QB. Or maybe I'm just caring more about things that really matter - like my family, like people's health, like life and death. The quarterback even declares his desire to play five more years.
Brady said that he has confidence in his wide receiver corps, one that many have labeled suspect and one that's been weakened by Julian Edelman's four-game suspension at the season's outset, his punishment for violating the National Football League policy on performance-enhancing substances.
"I'd love to play 41, 42, 43, 44, 45". But I think I can do it. There's not a ton of pressure on the amateurs because you have a good player with you who probably is going to make a par on nearly every hole and birdie a few. "I think I'm seeing there's definitely an end coming".
"Opening Day is always a challenge because the amount, the volume of all three phases and all the situations and all the things that have come up between last year, this year and new personnel and so forth", he said, noting that about a third of Houston's roster features new players.
"Once you stop, you're done. I feel that there's still things to accomplish", Brady said. I feel like I can go out there, I can anticipate a lot of things.