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Josh McDaniels impressed with how age gap doesn't impact Tom Brady's connection with teammates

Ryan Hannable
January 08, 2019 - 1:17 pm
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Tom Brady obviously does a lot of things well, but one of the things that impresses offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels most is his connections with his teammates.

In some cases, Brady is 20 years older than some of them, but is able to develop friendships and chemistry.

According to McDaniels, this is something that makes him such a great leader.

"I think at the end of the day, we all coach and play for the Patriots and something that Tom has always done very well is – we all have things in common and most importantly, we’re all trying to pull in the same direction and help our team win. He communicates well with every player," he said on a conference call Tuesday. "One of the things that’s always impressed me is how he’s one of the first guys in the building to know a new person’s name, which speaks to how important that is to him, to introduce himself to somebody and also get to know that person, whether it be a practice squad player, a rookie, whatever it is. We all have important jobs to do here, we take those very seriously as Tommy always does. I think one of the big roles that a quarterback plays on the team is just being able to communicate openly with each one of his teammates, which Tom does.

"At the end of the day, we’re all different ages, we all come from different places, but we certainly have the same goal in mind when it comes to what we try and do here. I think he does a great job of connecting those dots and really trying to pour himself into his teammates and they know that they can communicate with him and talk to him about anything, whether it’s football or not. So it makes him such a special leader."

Brady is the oldest player on the Patriots by seven years, as the second-oldest is Stephen Gostkowski who is 34.

The Patriots will host the Chargers in the AFC divisional round Sunday at Gillette Stadium at 1:05 p.m.

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