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Tom Brady on Bill Belichick's greatness: 'He trims the fat' to avoid information overload

Tom Brady on Bill Belichick's greatness: 'He trims the fat' to avoid information overload

Through many of Bill Belichick's 300 wins, he's had with him a note card. During games, right there on the sidelines, he'll pull out the note card and jot down a few notes. There's only so much that can be kept on one of those cards so he has to be efficient, but that's typically how he operates anyway.

Belichick prepares and over-prepares weekly. That's why even an 11-year veteran like Julian Edelman — someone who worked his way from being a seventh-round pick to being one of the most productive postseason receivers in the Super Bowl era -- calls him "a machine."

But part of what has made Belichick as successful as he's been is that he takes all the information he's gathered and he condenses it into digestible morsels for his players and coaches.

On WEEI's Greg Hill Show, Tom Brady described that reduction — going from massive quantities of information into bite-sized pieces — as part of what makes the Patriots head coach great.

"I would always say, sometimes coaches give you so much information that you can't retain any of it because it's so much," he said. "I think what he does is he trims the fat. He gets you the meat of what they're trying to do. He doesn't confuse you. He doesn't tell you things that may never come up. It's not information overload."

Belichick's less-is-more teaching style has long been part of his approach. Whether it's in making halftime adjustments or meeting with his team to tell players what it'll take to win in a given week, Belichick's bullet points have become part of his legend.

"Coach comes in and says, 'These are the things we need to do to win,' and he's right damn near 100 percent of the time," Brady told ESPN in 2011. "It's, 'This is what we need to do, and this is how you're going to do it, and if we don't do it, we're going to lose.' "

Brady and Belichick have won over 100 games since then.

"He does a great job," Brady said of Belichick. "His preparation is so on point, he boils the game down so you can actually take the things [he tells you], go out on the field and try to apply them. He's taught me a lot about football over the years and it's really been a blessing to play for him in my life."

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Tom Brady: 'Whatever the future may bring, I will embrace it with open arms'

Tom Brady: 'Whatever the future may bring, I will embrace it with open arms'

The New England Patriots are facing a lot of uncertainty this offseason as Tom Brady will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career.

At this point in time, it's unclear what he will be doing. And Brady isn't giving any hints ahead of his mid-March decision.

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Brady recently addressed his future in an interview on Westwood One radio and said that he will embrace the future "with open arms."

"I am open-minded about the process and at the same time I love playing football and want to continue to play and do a great job," Brady said. "I am looking to what is ahead. Whatever the future may bring, I will embrace it with open arms."

Patriots fans won't be encouraged by this seemingly non-committal answer, as it seems that there is a legitimate chance Brady will leave. This is especially true considering the rumors that Brady is planning on hearing pitches from opposing teams this offseason.

Still, there's a chance that Brady returns to Foxboro. But as long as he keeps his preferences close to the vest, there will be uncertainty surrounding the Patriots starting quarterback position.

Why Patriots center David Andrews is rooting for the Titans in the AFC Championship

Why Patriots center David Andrews is rooting for the Titans in the AFC Championship

Fans of the New England Patriots may be conflicted about whether to root for the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game. They are coached by former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel, but they also knocked the Patriots out in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

But regardless of how fans feel, there is one member of the Patriots who will be pulling for the Titans on Sunday. And that's center David Andrews.

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Andrews, who spent all of the 2019 season on IR with blood clots in his lungs, is rooting for one of his college teammates and closest friends, Titans center Ben Jones.

"Watching him have success is really special," Andrews said of Jones to ESPN's Mike Reiss. "I'm pulling for him all the way."

Andrews spoke about how close that he and Jones became during his recruiting process. And Andrews described Jones as a mentor to him.

"When I was in high school, I remember a lot of people said, 'You're too small to play at Georgia.' But then came Ben, and he wasn't much bigger than me, and I really looked up to him," said Andrews, per Reiss.

"When I was getting recruited, he was always great. I would go see him and he'd let me hang out with him. He'd give me leftover Georgia gear that I could wear around my high school and think I was pretty cool. Then once I got to Georgia, he really took me under his wing. Ben was always a sounding board for me -- people called us father and son because we acted a lot alike."

Jones clearly did a good job helping Andrews to develop. Despite his lacking size, Andrews has been one of the NFL's most consistent centers when healthy. And though Ted Karras filled in well in place of Andrews this past season, the team still missed their solid interior blocker.

It's easy to see why Andrews is rooting for his friend and perhaps Jones and the Titans will pull off a third consecutive upset. We'll soon find out who will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl as Jones' Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs will square off for the conference title on Sunday afternoon at 3:05 p.m.