LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots talks to the media during a press conference ahead of their NFL match with St. Louis Rams at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Coach Bill Belichick says it's good to be in London although we'd suspect him to have similar comments if the Pats were playing this week in Death Valley.
Perhaps the biggest issue facing New England ahead of its game with the Rams isn't the fact that they're in a different country but the time it takes to get there.
“We just got off the bus, just landed here, so we’ll try to get re-organized and acclimated to the new surroundings," Belichick said Friday morning. … "We played in Seattle a couple of weeks ago. You travel, make the adjustment, and get ready to go. We’ve traveled every other week, half our games are on the road. It’s a little further trip, but it’s nothing that I don’t think we can handle.”
This is the same answer you'd get from Belichick if they had to travel across the Atlantic in rowboats.
Just like in the States, quarterback Tom Brady drew the most media attention upon touching down in England. He noted that this game is more than another regular season matchup but an opportunity to sell the world on the NFL.
"I hope it continues to grow, and that's why we're here, to kind of be ambassadors for the NFL," he said. "I think the players understand that and the players are excited about that. At the same time, we realize that our main goal is to win a football game because it's going to be a much longer flight home if we don't take care of business."
Brady was also asked about being in London, and how it differs from the United States.
“Certainly the double-decker buses that you see,” he said. “It definitely has a different feeling. I think all the players kind of coming together on a long flight and to be here for 3-4 days together will be a lot of fun for all of us.”
Teammate Vince Wilfork, who was part of the team that played in London in 2009, plans to take advantage of his mid-season European adventure.
“I was telling the guys that weren’t here for that trip about the experience, and a lot of them were excited about it,” he said via ESPNBoston.com. “You see things on TV, and now you actually have a chance to go see it in person, that’s the amazing part about it. There are a lot of things that people can learn throughout history, and right now, you’re in some good history so take advantage of it while you have a chance.”
As for a specific sight-seeing plan, Wilfork plans to keep it both simple and interesting.
“I just get in the cab and say ‘take me somewhere good.’ It’s up to them, and last time I was here, it was good,” he said.
Just as long as the taxi has Wilfork to Wembley Stadium in plenty of time for kickoff.