The 2-0 Patriots host the 0-2 Buccaneers Sunday and no matter what laudatory things coach Bill Belichick says about Tampa Bay, almost everyone agrees that New England will win. Well, almost everyone who doesn't work for Belichick.
Quarterback Tom Brady, who is coming off a rocky outing against the Jets, explained that "there is a real urgency to what we do here" before adding "This is not tiddlywinks."
Brady was speaking about getting on the same page as a receivers corps that features mostly rookies, all of whom lack experience.
“This is real football. This is a real job," Brady continued, via ESPNBoston.com. "We’re held accountable every single day for what we do, so I think just trying to convey that message to everybody so everybody knows that -- this is about winning football games. We’re doing our best to do it. That’s why we work hard and why you make the commitments to the players you play with, so that you can go out and try to win on a consistent basis.”
Brady also spoke about an old AFC East foe who now plays in Tampa. Darrelle Revis, formerly of the Jets, was the league's best cornerback until he suffered a knee injury in 2012. He's looked sharp in two games this season, and Brady sill considers him a formidable talent.
“He looks like the same,” Brady said via the team's web site. “There’s nothing negative about his playing style, there’s nothing negative about his skill set. He can really do it all. He’s fast, he’s quick, matches up against small guys, matches up against big guys. He’s really long, he’s really strong, he’s patient. Some guys you really guess all the time and sometimes you guess wrong, he never guesses wrong. He’s smart, he sees the whole field. I’ve never played against anyone who is as good as him. He’s as good as there is that I’ve ever played against, so you just have to be careful when you throw his way because you know he’s going to be close.”
It'll be a nice test for Brady, but one we fully expect him to pass.