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Tom Brady on K&C details exactly how complex Patriots offense is

Ryan Hannable
September 18, 2017 - 9:06 am

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined Kirk & Callahan Monday morning to recap the 36-20 win over the Saints and also to look ahead to Sunday's matchup with Houston. To hear the complete interview, visit the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.

It's always been known the Patriots offense is extremely complex and hard to master, especially for new players, but it's never been known just how complex it is. Brady went a bit in-depth on this, noting there are between 500-1,000 passing plays designed over the course of a season, including some taken from other teams like on Sunday when the Patriots copied the Chiefs' play in which Kareem Hunt had a long touchdown catch in Week 1.

“I would say there’s a pretty core group of plays that you have, but we have, I don’t know the numbers, but there’s over the course a season, pass plays, there’s probably anywhere from 500-1,000 that are designed and you’ll probably call 500-600 of them, and there will be repeats in that," Brady said. "There’s definitely repeats. We change quite a bit week to week. That’s why you need really smart players on our offense to be able to adapt to the changes we make based on the matchups that we see, or the coverages that we’re going to face, or how the team has played us in the past.

"I think we’re very much like we focus on what they do, they focus on what we do. We have a big plan at the start of the week and we kind of narrow it down over the course of the week and then by the time we get to gameday we’re really confident in the things that we’re calling. Like the play I threw to James [White], the Chiefs ran it — that was the touchdown play that they had to Kareem Hunt, that long one when they got behind the defense.

"You see different things over the course of the league. Our coaches do a great job studying -- things that are working, things that are confusing. It was a little variation of what the Chiefs did, but similar action and we got some confusion on the defense and they really missed James out of the backfield. Had I not thrown it to James, I had Dion Lewis over near the sideline and no one was on him either. It’s just a really good play and perfect call at the time.”

After calling the team out following Week 1's loss, Brady was pleased with how the team competed for all four quarters.

“I thought it was four quarters of really tough, competitive football," he said. "That is what we talked about. I think one thing coming out of the previous week was just understanding four quarters of football is what it takes to win. That is what we needed yesterday and we got it from the start. We got the coin flip and we got a lead. The defense got a good stop, scored again, so we’re getting off to fast starts and you have a fast start and you have to finish strong. Even in the fourth quarter yesterday, our defense played well all day. Offensively, I thought we left some points out there, but it was a pretty solid effort. It’s something to build on. We hadn’t won a game in a long time, since February. I think to get that feeling of winning again felt good for everybody. It was a fun flight home and now it’s quickly evaluating the film and getting on to Houston.”

The Texans will invade Gillette Stadium next Sunday afternoon and have been one of the teams in recent years to give Brady and the Patriots offense some trouble, especially last year in the AFC divisional round. The quarterback knows they will need to be on their game come next week.

“They were the No. 1 ranked defense in the league last year," Brady said. "I don’t think I completed many passes in that game, either. I think I was below 50 percent in that game. I think they just did a good job of putting pressure and when you put pressure, the ball has to come out quick and they were playing — they had a lot of guys in coverage too. It was just tough to get rid of it quick. The one positive we took out of that game was we made a lot of big plays. Some teams are going to decide to take away some shorter throws, and they give up longer plays. I think we had seven plays over 20 yards in that game. We moved the ball pretty well. It just didn’t look super rhythmic.

"We have to find a way to play against this defense that is going to be ranked in the top five, if not the best defense in the league because of [Jadeveon] Clowney, [Whitney] Mercilus and [J.J.] Watt, who are three of the best players in the NFL in rushing the quarterback, and then they have a solid group of linebackers and a very good secondary. It’s a challenging defense. Very fundamentally sound. They’ve got really great coaches and they will be prepared. They’ve have 10 days to prepare and I am sure they’ve been preparing all offseason. We practiced against them. We play them quite a bit so we have a lot of familiarity. There will be some new gameplan things they will have for us.

"I think ultimately it will come down to our communication and our execution, which was a lot better on our end yesterday, which resulted in much better production, much more efficiency and more points than the previous week. We have to be able to play well. We have to be able to execute against a really good defense and move the ball and score some points.”

Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Patriots news, visit the team page.

On the Patriots' running backs lining up as receivers: “Yeah, well we’ve done it in the past and Josh [McDaniels] has done a great job with that over the years just figuring out how to utilize all the skill sets. Our running backs are very versatile. I think that is the way things are going in the NFL now. It’s hard to be just really a tailback that stays in the backfield on every play. Our guys, because they are so skilled you have to get it to them in space and sometimes the best way to do that is to put them out on the perimeter of the field — in the slot or even on the outside. You try and get displacement by the defense. If you look at corners or safeties, in training camp they work on 1-on-1 drills, they work on covering routes. Linebackers don’t do that as much. I think our guys do a really good job of taking the things Josh talks about, things I am looking for and really try to incorporate those into the pass game. … Having versatile running backs is really important. Not just our team, but the whole NFL. Hopefully those guys can continue to make plays.”

On his new book, "The TB12 Method," which will be released Tuesday: “It’s just great information. It really is. I wish I had the information when I was 15 years old. This has been something that has been so important in my life that I have learned. I have always felt like I want to be able to spread the message and it’s very comprehensive and I hope people will enjoy it.”

On how much water a person should drink per day: “Quite a bit. At least half your body weight in ounces, but I drink a lot more than that.”

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