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Tom Brady doesn't want 2017 Patriots to be compared to 2007 Patriots

Ryan Hannable
August 15, 2017 - 7:42 am

While the Patriots haven't even played a single regular-season game, the talk of the team in the media and among fans, has been comparing them to the 2007 Patriots, and can the 2017 Patriots go 19-0?

While appearing on Kirk & Callahan Tuesday morning, Brady said it's unfair to compare the two teams.

“It’s so far from those types of things,” Brady said. “I mean, you’re talking about some incredible teams that I’ve had an opportunity to be on, very lucky to be on. This team is so far from where we need to be. We have so far to go. It’s really unfair to set expectations. To me and my mind, it’s really a setup — for this team, we need to be focused on so many other things than what people may think about us or say about us. There’s so much improvement we need to make. I love the guys I’m playing with this year. It’s a totally different version of the team we’ve had.

"We’ll have our own strengths and weaknesses, but how the season plays out will be determined by what happens moving forward. You’re talking about some magical years that we’ve had that may never be duplicated again. It’s really unfair to compare any of that to what has happened in the past. We’ll be able to write our own chapter. Hopefully it’s a good one.

"It will be determined by the work ethic that we do and the trust that we have in one another. We’re still a long way from building that. We’re going to build it over the course of the year. That is why we’re practicing, that’s why we’re in West Virginia, that’s why we’re getting ready to go practice against another good team because we’re trying to get better. We need it. Hopefully we can be the best version of this team. We’ll see how it shakes out.”

Brady also talked about celebrating his 40th birthday at training camp a few weeks back.

“Obviously, my birthday hasn’t changed, ever," he said. "It’s always fallen in training camp. It’s a little bit — not embarrassing — just in same ways I am a little introverted. When everyone is singing me Happy Birthday it is a little bit, not embarrassing, I certainly am not embarrassed…”

The hosts jumped in and asked will he feel the same when he's 55?

“I won’t be playing when I am 55," Brady said. "Probably not 55. It will be nice someday just to have a nice quiet birthday. The fact I was able to go out and practice and be on the field, do something I love to do. That was a great day for me. I’ve had Matt Light shove a birthday cake in my face at practice. All the rookies always sing. The fact I could celebrate it on the football field was cool for me and all the fans came out, which was very cool."


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