December 28, 2012

Brady, Belichick lead Patriots by example

It's no fluke that the quarterback and coach share the NFL's best tandem record.

By Mike Lowe
Staff Writer

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Tom Brady
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Tom Brady’s fistful of records and championships only makes him all the more determined to learn and improve on what’s already amounted to a Hall of Fame career.

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Bill Belichick, Barry Anderson
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Bill Belichick seemed just a mediocre NFL coach before he came to New England, where he’s since distinguished himself as one of the best ever.

All you have to do is look at the circus that has been the New York Jets this year, or the Arizona Cardinals, or Philadelphia Eagles, to know that quarterback stability is a rarity in the NFL these days.

"Each team, each player, has their own strengths and weaknesses but if you can count on somebody being there on a consistent basis, then you can plan and work around that to a certain degree," said Belichick. "Tom has a lot of strengths. He does a lot of things well, so there aren't a lot of limiting factors with him. Really, it opens a lot of doors more than closes them."

Belichick has been asked several times how Brady, at 35, has remained so productive. He has thrown for 4,543 yards with 32 touchdowns and only eight interceptions in helping the Patriots to an 11-4 record.

"He's a talented player and he works hard," said Belichick. "He's always trying to improve. He works hard on his physical conditioning, he works hard mentally at the game and he's got good talent. So those three things all work in his favor."

And Brady, ever the student, keeps asking Belichick how to get better.

"You can never stop learning in this game and can never stop improving," said Brady. "He's been at it for a lot longer than I have and I'm sure he feels like he's still improving as a coach and I'd agree. The things we talk about, the things that we're trying to accomplish, those change.

"There are times when game plans change or the opponent changes. But what you do individually to prepare yourself needs to be better. Certainly I've found ways to do that as I've gained more experience that I can prepare better and I can hopefully be a better leader and teammate."

Staff Writer Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or at:

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