FOXBORO -- Tom Brady deemed it was time for an apology. A public one.
When he stepped to the podium on Saturday afternoon, following his team's final practice of the week before flying to South Florida for the Monday night game in Miami, Brady took the opportunity to make a brief statement.
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"One thing I do want to say first is I want to apologize to Josh for last week in Buffalo," Brady said. "I know our coaches work really hard and they're responsible for putting us in a great position to succeed. So just want to get that off my chest."
Brady and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels were involved in a fiery sideline exchange in the first quarter of their game last weekend against the Bills. Brady appeared to miss open receivers on both first and third-down plays in Buffalo territory, and McDaniels seemed to harp on that fact to Brady when the quarterback came to the sidelines. Something McDaniels said caused Brady to erupt, and the 40-year-old MVP candidate unleashed a series of expletives in McDaniels' direction.
Perhaps it's all the discussion surrounding his outburst and comparing it to those of players like Odell Beckham and Dez Bryant. Perhaps it's that he has three children old enough to see their dad on television and wonder why he's acting the way he is.
Whatever the reason, Brady felt bad and wanted to apologize. He did radio interviews on both WEEI and Westwood One during the week, but he waited until he was in front of cameras to get the mea culpa out there.
"A lot of people see it," Brady said of his lashing out at McDaniels, "and they think the nature of our relationship would be something like that. But it's really the exact opposite of that. I just have been feeling bad all week and haven't had a chance to say it. He knows how much I love him."
Brady has long been open about how he believes in playing with emotion so long as it is channeled properly. He echoed those sentiments again Saturday, and he said his entire team will have to steer its emotions in the right way against the Dolphins on Monday night.
"I think you have to play the game with energy, emotion and enthusiasm," Brady said. "Absolutely. It's just directed in a positive way, toward winning and toward what we're trying to accomplish as a team. I have so much trust in the players and so much trust in our coaches and what we're all trying to accomplish. We all want the same thing.
"To go about that in the right way is what matters the most. We're gonna have to have a lot of enthusiasm, and we should because this is a great atmosphere. It means a lot. We're playing for a lot . . . Hopefully, all that energy is directed in the right way towards being the best team we can be, and me playing my best to help us win."