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Tom Brady via K&C on Jalen Ramsey's comments: 'It’s how you play, it’s not what you say'

Ryan Hannable
January 16, 2018 - 10:06 am

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined Kirk & Callahan on Tuesday to discuss the win over the Titans on Saturday and to look ahead to the AFC championship game against the Jaguars. To hear the complete interview visit the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.

Following the Jaguars' win over the Steelers Sunday, cornerback Jalen Ramsey guaranteed the Jags would win the Super Bowl at a rally in Jacksonville. Brady was asked about this bulletin board material and the quarterback said he doesn't put much thought into it.

“I think what I have learned for a long time is it’s how you play, it’s not what you say," Brady said. "Everyone has different ways of handling things — players do, coaches do. We do what works for us, other players do what works for them. The game is going to be decided by who plays the best, not who hypes the best or speaks the best. He’s a really good player. I have watched a ton of film on him. He has a lot of strengths. He’s obviously very confident. That is reflected in how he plays. I am more concerned about how he plays opposed to what he says.

"I have never bought into any of those things. I know what our offense is capable of. We’re going to have to play really well to score points. Again, that just speaks to the hype and us really trying to stay focused on what we need to do. The better we stay focused on the more laser-focused we are on our target, the better I think we will play.”

The Patriots will be facing the best defense it has faced all year, as the Jaguars come in allowing the second-fewest points in the league and also have the No. 1 ranked pass defense. Brady and the team have been watching lots of film the last few days to get prepared.

“Yeah, it’s been a busy couple of days because we practiced against them in training camp and really haven’t seen much of them all year," he said. "Yesterday was a ton of film. It was good because it really gets you focused to where you need to be. This is the biggest challenge we’ve faced all year. We’ve had a good offense. They have had the best defense and that is always a challenge when you go up against those guys. When you watch them play over the course of the whole season, you can see why.

"There’s not a lot of time for the quarterback to throw. I think the whole secondary knows it. The linebackers know it. They are aggressive. They take chances. They have a lot of turnovers. They have a really good scheme. The quarterback is just under pressure all day and unless you can get open quickly, it’s been a lot of sacks. Sacks turn into long-yardage and long-yardage turns into punts.

"They have a good run game. Blake [Bortles] has had a good season, so that's really why they are in this game. I would say they are certainly the best team we’ve faced all season and if we don’t play our best we’re not going to advance.”

Brady knows one play could be the difference between winning and losing, and that is why everything has to go into every play.

“You think about some of these real close games we have been in. It’s been one or two plays," he said. "You don’t know which one or two of those plays it is going to be before the game starts. You just try to focus on every single one and give your maximum focus and energy into every single play because you don’t want to come out of the game going, ‘Damn, it was that one play.’ You just don’t know what play it is going to be. That is why you have to be as focused as you possibly can. You have to study as much film and be as mentally and physically prepared. The margin of error is very slim. It’s slim for both teams.”

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

On distractions potentially getting in the way this week: “I don’t think we are going to let anything get in the way of this week and I think Coach Belichick, he does so many great things. I think one thing is he just sets the best tone for the players because he knows what it takes to compete at this level.”

On if he's talked to Belichick about ESPN story last week: “I mean, we talk all the time. Those conversations again are private between he and I. We talk every week multiple, multiple times and we’ve had a great relationship. There’s a lot of things written and said and that is part of being in professional sports and being quarterback for 18 years and coach has to do a lot of talking on a weekly basis. We’re focused on the same thing that we’ve always been, which what is the best thing for the team and how to help the team win. That is what I want to do. That has always been what my focus is and that hasn’t changed ever. I never want to let the team down. Those things are very much the same for me.”

On if Josh McDaniels is leaving team for head coaching job: “I have no idea. I really don’t. I haven’t talked to Josh about any of those things and he hasn’t talked to me about anything.”

On if first Giants Super Bowl loss was hardest to take: “Every one of those playoff losses I can remember. We’ve had some tough ones and they are always tough because they mean the most, and you’ve been in it and have had great chances. I feel like we’ve been the team that had a chance to win every single one of those games. If a few things are different then we win and it’s probably what it will come down to this weekend."