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Tom Brady: ‘No excuse’ for end-of-half gaffe against Dolphins

Tom Brady: ‘No excuse’ for end-of-half gaffe against Dolphins

Perhaps no player in NFL history has been more of a situational football savant than Tom Brady.

Time, score, situation are practically the Holy Trinity for the Patriots, so for Brady to forget how many timeouts the team had just before halftime and take a sack that prevented points in the 34-33 loss against Miami, that’s a mortal sin.

Monday morning, Brady was on WEEI’s Mut & Callahan and was asked by Gerry Callahan if it was “unusual” for Brady to forget how many timeouts the team had.

“Unusual? No, Gerry, I forget all the time. It’s a wonder I can even find my way to the stadium some days!”

He actually did not say that. What he really said was: “It was (unusual).”

Big relief.

Continuing, Brady said, “It was just a bad play and we called a timeout after we got the first down and we ran a couple plays and I just wasn’t . . . it was third down and I thought, ‘OK, well let’s not throw an interception' and I had a few other things going through my mind and I just took it for granted.”

Brady continued to self-flagellate, absolving offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels of any blame.

“I don’t care how long you’ve played, you gotta just stay really aware of those situations and you can’t give away three points like that,” he added. “It was just a very bad play by me. (Brady and McDaniels) conversate about a lot of things. That should be the foremost thing that I’m thinking and unfortunately it wasn’t. There’s no excuse. The reality is, I can’t let those things happen. It’s definitely my fault.”

When asked if a mental mistake like that was more aggravating than a physical mistake, Brady shut down further chatter about it, saying, “It’s kind of an anomaly. I’m not gonna overly evaluate it. It’s just a bad play.”

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Brady 'expects' to be with Pats in 2019 'and hopefully beyond'

Brady 'expects' to be with Pats in 2019 'and hopefully beyond'

Tom Brady shed some light -- a little, at least -- on his future plans this morning.

In the first of this season's scheduled interviews on WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show, the Patriots quarterback said his long-term plan to continue playing into his 40s -- which he himself cast doubt upon with nebulous comments about the future on his Tom vs. Time show after the Super Bowl -- remains in place:

And, as usual, he wouldn't be drawn into any potential controversy about his contract:

As for the reported back injury he suffered earlier in camp?

Which means we'll probably see him in action Thursday:

Another talking point this offseason has been Brady's relationship with coach Bill Belichick, which has been speculated to be frayed. On the first of Belichick's weekly WEEI interviews, on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria, Monday night, Belichick downplayed any friction:

Brady himself followed that same path today:

Many questions for, but few answers from, John Henry

Many questions for, but few answers from, John Henry

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox owner John Henry did not want to discuss the team’s effort to rename Yawkey Way or the club’s feelings about its flagship radio station, WEEI.

Henry, who speaks to the media annually at the start of spring training but at few other times, deferred to past comments he and Sox president Sam Kennedy have made.

WEEI employees on Friday underwent sensitivity training. Kennedy last week spoke to the Herald about the team’s growing concern over offensive comments made by WEEI hosts, comments that have led to suspensions. 

(Full discloure: this columnist works part-time at WEEI.)

On Monday, Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe — which is owned by Henry — raised the question about Yawkey Way.

SHAUGHNESSY: “John could you explain to fans your objection to Yawkey Way street name?”

HENRY: “I think I’ve already, I’ve already covered that.”

SHAUGHNESSY: “I don’t remember you ever talking about it.”

HENRY: “I was quoted in the other newspaper.”

(Some laugh)

SHAUGHNESSY: “Can you share for all of us what your objections are?”

HENRY: “What my objections are? No, I’d rather talk about baseball and spring training.”

SHAUGHNESSY: “This is the only chance we talk to you. Is that something that’s actively, you’re, the club is engaged in?”

HENRY: “It is something that the club’s engaged in."

JONNY MILLER, WBZ RADIO: “The team took an active approach in the Adam Jones situation [as well as Yawkey Way] . . . Are you at all embarrassed by what’s going on in your flagship station, WEEI, and are you going to address the matter in any way?”

HENRY: “Am I going to address the matter? I think we have addressed the matter.”

MILLER: “In what way?”

HENRY: “I think Sam has talked about it.”

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