By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @mary_paoletti
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady's Wednesday press conference was a rambling road: Miami in the rearview, San Diego ahead, and some random stops in between. In the moment, he was happy to be "back to the comfort zone. Back home." It's what Brady usually says when he meets reporters, not just back at Gillette, but at his locker.
Here are a few of the less fluid, more interesting highlights from the scrum.
ON THE SET OF SUPER TIGHT ENDS, GRONKOWSKI AND HERNANDEZ:
"They're both a big part of our offense. Tight ends have always been involved in our offense. I think the skillset of both those players really allows us to be flexible. Not only are they good blockers, but they catch the ball, too. You can run it behind them, you can play-action pass. And they've become pretty efficient in the passing game, also. You can spread them out and run them on different route combinations. They're very good players."
HIS TAKE ON THAT LITTLE NOD THE NFL GAVE HIM FOR 517 PASSING YARDS: "Laughs Our goals are much bigger than AFC Offensive Player of the Week around here."
HOW ABOUT TEDY BRUSCHI GOING OFF ON OCHOCINCO?
"Everyone has an opinion on everything. And none of it really means anything. Only thing that means anything in this locker room and what we do every day in practice.
"I have no problems with Chad. At all."
THE NAME TOM BRADY IS FIRST ON THE VETERAN LAWSUIT AGAINST THE NFL: "I'll change my name to what, Uno y Dos? Maybe I'll be put further down the line. Yeah, I've got no comment."
HOW HE WATCHES FILM:
"There's always corrections. You watch it, see the things that work, see the things that didn't work and move on. You don't listen to TV copy and listen to everyone tell you how good you think you are and the same thing when you lose -- how much you suck. You try to move on.
"You listen to your coaches, they evaluate the game, how they saw it and you try to make those improvements. Because the other team, the Chargers, are looking at this last game and they're saying, 'Wow, okay, well that didn't work. Maybe we should try these types of things.' If you don't get them corrected they end up being problems all year."
IS THERE MORE PRESSURE PUT ON QB'S NOW TO PASS FIRST?
"It's been a passing league for along time. Running game is very important to every offense -- being balanced is very important to every offense. There's times when you have to throw the ball... you could be down late in a game and you need to come back and you have to be able to pass it when they know you're passing it. Not only throwing the ball, but getting open on consecutive routes, being able to protect when they know you're going to only pass the ball.
"My job is to go against this defense and try to get our guys in the best position so they can do what they do well. Ultimately, play well enough over the course of the drive to get the ball in the end zone. Our defense will have to handle their offense and that's a big task on this team. It has to be a very complementary game for all of us."
BRADY'S HOME OPENER MESSAGE TO THE FANS STARTS WITH A JOKE:
"Start drinking early. Laughs Be nice and rowdy. 4:15 game . . . They'll have a lot of time to get lubed up and come out here and cheer for their home team."
Note: Patriots media relations quarterback Stacey James addressed reporters after the presser. He said Brady wanted to clarify the rowdy crowd comments. "Tom Brady wants everyone to drink a lot of water, stay hydrated. Drink responsibly."
THE FANS HAVE BEEN QUIET IN RECENT YEARS. ARE EXPECTATIONS TOO HIGH?
"We've spoiled our fans? Is that what you're saying? We make good plays, they're going to scream. If we don't make good plays, they're going to probably boo us. So we're going to focus on trying to make good plays. The crowd... it always helps when they're loud, but we've got to give them reasons to be loud, we've got to give them reasons to cheer for us. Hopefully, those muskets are going off this weekend."