True to his personal playbook, it was early to bed and early to rise for Tom Brady on the West Coast today. Brady was up and on the air at 5:30 a.m. Pacific time to conduct his weekly interview on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan show.
About last night's LA story, Brady was asked why he didn't head to the Staples Center with several of his teammates who ended up meeting singer Justin Bieber in the Clippers locker room after Doc Rivers & Co.'s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“I’m not doing anything like that,” the 37-year-old Brady said laughing. “That time has come and gone in my life. I was doing a lot of Charger work last night. Sleep. So, this is the first time away from my kids for a while so I can finally get some decent sleep.
"Those guys should go out and have fun. They’re young guys. It’s a Monday night, there’s an off-day today for the players. So, that’s the time for doing some fun things. Honestly, it’s up to them to enjoy. There’s a camaraderie with your teammates when you’re outside of the football building. It’s good for those guys do those types of things."
Brady said he did not have much free time to take in any fun Southern California activities while the team is holed up in San Diego.
“It’s a game week. I don’t have a lot of time during a game week to do much,” Brady said. “Yesterday was like the normal Monday and there’s a lot of work to do on Monday. Tuesday, today I probably have a little more time and then Wednesday, Thursday, Friday are just like a normal week so… it’s not like it’s February, March, or April. Even when I’m not thinking about it, I’m thinking about it. So, I just plan on getting my work done, and resting up and trying to play a great game this weekend. I think that’s what I need to do, what the team needs from me, and that’s kind of my focus.”
Brady was asked about the resistance band he was wearing around his waist when spotted walking with a Patriots trainer on the sidelines during the third quarter of Sunday’s game against Green Bay.
“That’s just a leash. It’s a resistance band,” Brady said. “When it’s cold out, I was just trying to stay warm and that helps me stay really warm. It’s a great exercise to do. When I’m out there at the game, I don’t get a lot of chances to run around, like the receivers are running around the whole game. I just like to stay really loose, as loose as I can in inclement weather so that’s what that was for it’s just… a leash, that’s pretty good.”
Looking back on Sunday’s game in Green Bay, Brady said it was a tough loss to take.
“I think you have some defining moments in your season and you have some defining moments in what could be people’s careers and you have a lot of things…” Brady said regarding the Patriots 26-21 defeat at Lambeau Field. “We were kind of trying to climb the mountain all day and we were right at the top, and we had an opportunity to get there, and we kind of let it flounder away. I think that was the real frustrating thing for all of us… These [losses] sit with you for a little bit and you have to move on and move past them. You have to focus your energy on the next one because it doesn't get any easier for us.”
When asked why the Patriots appeared to abandon the running game that served them well the past couple of weeks, Brady said it came down to not having enough sustained drives during the game.
“We didn’t run many plays…,” Brady said. “We didn't convert on third downs.”