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Brady mindset doesn't change after Garoppolo trade

Brady mindset doesn't change after Garoppolo trade

Tom Brady's level of play seemed to be elevated soon after the Patriots drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round. Whether he needed the motivation or not, Brady helped the Patriots go on to win two Super Bowls in Garoppolo's three full seasons with the team, and the only significant playing time Garoppolo saw was during Brady's four-game suspension for Deflategate.

Now that Garoppolo's gone, traded to the 49ers in exchange for a 2018 second-round pick, Brady has officially won the showdown. But the 40-year-old told Westwood One that his approach would not be impacted. 

Asked during his weekly interview if he was surprised that the Patriots have determined he is the present and the future, Brady said, "I don't know what that means."

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"This is a week-to-week league," Brady added. "Things change so quickly from week-to-week, year-to-year, everyone is concerned, in my mind this is all about this season and us trying to win. I'm trying to do the best I can do for our team like I always do.

"I am going to bring it every single day like I've tried to do for the last 18 years so you know I'm focused on this season, and I'm sure everyone else in the organization is focused and we got to go out and got to try to . . . We got a bye week this week, and we are going to go out and try to win next week."

There aren't many people who have been around Garoppolo as much as Brady has over the course of the last three seasons, and though Garoppolo never got an extended shot in New England, Brady believes he's put in the work to be a good starting quarterback in San Francisco. 

"I mean, he's put in all the effort," Brady said. "I've watched him for three-and-a-half years and really enjoyed working with him and hopefully he goes on and does a great job."

Now the Patriots will move on to try to find yet another backup for Brady. It will be the ninth No. 2 quarterback Brady has worked with in his 17 years as a starter. 

"Jimmy was a great teammate and a great friend and he always will be," Brady said. "I want nothing but the very best for him. He's earned the trust of his teammates and the respect of his teammates and that's all you can ask for as a player." 

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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Patriots advance to AFC title game vs. Jaguars

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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Patriots advance to AFC title game vs. Jaguars

0:41 - Tom Curran and Albert Breer discuss some of the big takeaways from the Patriots win over the Titans in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

4:49 - Jalen Ramsey told the fans in Jacksonville that the Jaguars would be going to the Super Bowl. Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith talk about if they have a problem with what Ramsey said and if the Patriots would be using his quote as bulletin board material.

9:25 - Curran, Breer, and Giles discuss Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels likely not returning with the Patriots as Patricia seems to be headed towards the Lions while McDaniels goes to the Colts.

14:06 - Michael Hurley joins BST to preview the Jaguars/Patriots matchup and discuss the Patriots schedule and road to the Super Bowl. 

Patriots react to Ramsey's guarantee: He should be confident

Patriots react to Ramsey's guarantee: He should be confident

FOXBORO -- Patriots players didn't seem all that bothered by Jalen Ramsey's proclamation that the Jaguars would win the AFC title game and head to Minnesota for the Super Bowl. 

"I ain't got too much to say, but y'all make sure you bring that same energy out here next week and the week after," Ramsey said in Jacksonville following his team's win in Pittsburgh. "We're going to the Super Bowl and we're going to win that (expletive). We're going to win that (expletive)."

Asked about those comments on Monday, Patriots captain Matthew Slater showed no hint of disapproval. 

"Man, that guy’s really good," Slater said. "And he should be confident, because he’s very, very good. The good Lord made that guy, and he said, ‘Let there be corner.’ And there he is. I’d be confident if I were him, as well."

Ramsey was named a First-Team All-Pro for his work on the outside opposite Second-Team All-Pro corner AJ Bouye. They make up arguably the best cornerback duo in football, and Ramsey has already established himself as one of the best at his position despite being just 23 years old and in his second pro season.

"Hey, man, Jalen Ramsey’s a good player," Patriots captain Duron Harmon said. "He talks a lot of trash. That’s part of his game, and you can’t take that away from him. He’s confident. He should be confident in his team. He has a really good football team. The top two AFC teams are left, and he’s a part of one of them.

"His approach to the game is different than ours, but we can’t knock him for it. We know they’re going to come ready to play, and we’ve just got to match their type of physicality and also just their emotion and their readiness to get ready to play."

Ramsey's best work as a trash-talker came eariler this season after he shut down Bengals wideout AJ Green. What he said about the AFC Championship was certainly a step (or several) below that in terms of its intensity, and judging by their reaction Monday, it seems to be a mere blip on the Patriots' radar.

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