Tom Brady 2013: “OTAs Are SUPER Important!” …Tom Brady 2018: “Meh, I’ll Pass”
Tom Brady was not present for the first day of the New England Patriots’ organized team activities on Monday.
Brady cited “family obligations” as his reason for skipping the optional workouts, and obviously if anybody has earned the right to skip a few practices, it’s a 40-year-old legend with five Super Bowl rings. However, in the past Brady has spoken at length about the importance of OTAs, and how they set the tone for the entire season.
Take a look at these comments from 2013, via Patriots.com:
“[Belichick] talks about, you think it’s just an OTA in the spring time and it’s not that important and all those things that probably could enter your mind. The truth is, this lays the foundation for the start of training camp and if you have a good training camp, it usually means a good start to the season. A good start to the season leads to good position entering the second half of the season.
“Everything ends up having some significance to it. You’re not just out here running plays and going through different things that aren’t going to mean anything. We’re out here trying to get a lot of things accomplished. I think we have done that, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.
“It’s really never ending, especially when you play for Coach Belichick. Especially in practices when the offense goes against the defense, because if the offense makes a play then the defense sucked, and if the defense makes a play then the offense sucked, so someone is really going to get yelled at on every play. There’s always lowlights when we come in on the next day. Even if it was a great offensive play, he’s going to yell at someone on the defense. We’ve become a bit used to that now and that’s part of the learning process and also learning how to play for the Patriots and understand the criticism that you’re getting and hopefully use it constructively so you can improve as a player.”
There have been a lot of rumors over the past year about a growing rift between Tom Brady and Belichick. It’s hard to read these comments and not wonder if Brady is really skipping Patriots OTAs because he’s kinda sick of his coach.
Hat Tip – [FTW]