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Okay, I admit it. I don't know crap about the 49ers, other than
they stink. "I think I'd expect their best," Brady said. "I
think any time we play a team, we're going to get their best shot and I'm
sure they're excited about playing this week. We are too. I don't think
you take any team lightly because all these teams are so talented. I've
played on a lot of teams where they were 2-12 and we got beat, or 3-11, we
got beat. They've been close in a lot of games. They've had a lot of leads
in these games, they just haven't closed them out, so we're going to have
to go start fast, try to play with the lead, and try to get ahead and stay
ahead if we can." But they are 1 and 8?
mean, I know the Bay Area is sort of Brady's hometown. "I'm
excited," Brady said." It will be nice to see my parents and my
sisters, but hopefully we can go out there and win. It will be a special
weekend to go out there and play great for our team, and then to have
everyone watching is pretty cool for the first time ever, so I'm excited
about that." This is not good news for San Fran.
is never good for opponents when Brady has extra incentive. "I've
never had a chance to play in front of my family like this," Brady
said. "I've never had a chance to play in front of my friends.
Growing up in the Bay Area and loving football, it was a great time for me
to grow up and see the success of the 49ers and the great quarterbacks,
Steve [Young] and Joe [Montana] and what they were able to do. I was lucky
to grow up in the Bay Area at that time and I always remember it being all
the Super Bowl rallies and my mom taking me out of school and banging pots
and pans on the El Camino after they would win Super Bowls. Those memories
never go away." He is going to be looking to go wild.
Gronk out, I know they are going to need Bennett to step up. " He's
been great," Brady said about Bennett. "He's been so productive
for us and I really enjoy playing with him. You talk about a guy that's
been out at practice every day. I mean, he's fought through a lot of stuff
over the course of the year to be out there, trying to get better and
improve. I think it shows a lot of mental toughness but it's showing up
with his ability to produce on the field. He's been tremendous so we've
got to keep it going. He's got to keep it going. We all do. It's kind of
the meaty party of the schedule right now. I mean, this is not the second
week of the year. We've fought through it for a long time but this is a
chance to really separate yourself from these other teams and show
everyone your mental toughness and ability to play through different
things, different situations and still play at a high level." I'm not
sure San Fran has anyone who can cover him.
also know that the Pats have Tom Brady, and the 49ers pass defense is
average at best. "Very impressive," Brady said. "I mean
there are a lot of great qualities that Tom has. That's right at the top
of the list, and it's not only his, certainly it's important for him to be
physically healthy, but it's very important for the team on a weekly basis
to be able to go out there in practice and get the timing with the
quarterback who's going to play in the game with the other people, the
linemen, the receivers and so forth, that are going to play with him.
if you're missing one receiver then maybe you can get the timing with the
other 10 players, let's call it. If you're missing the quarterback then,
you know, you can still get it and certainly we have a good quarterback in
Jimmy. And Jimmy can go out there and run everything that Tom can run.
We've seen that. So I'm not saying that he's not capable or qualified to
do it. He is, and he does a great job of it and when we put Jimmy in there
it's really seamless. Unless you were actually looking at the position, if
you just could block out that position and say which guy was in there at
quarterback, I don't know if you would know a lot of times.
the quarterback to have that kind of consistency with the snap count, the
cadence, the way that his voice or mannerisms or reminders are in the
huddle, little things like that, the whole timing and everything on the
line of scrimmage and running the plays in practice; that is a huge
carryover to the games. Again, Tom's consistency to do that, again, not
only for himself but for the rest of the team and the ability for the rest
of the team to be able to have been able to count on that is very
important." Brady just needs to be consistent in this game for the
Pats to win.
know the 49ers have not learn how to win yet. "I think they have some
very talented players, but I think they're hungry and they're trying to
find ways to win," Brady said. "It's tough losing in the NFL,
but these guys are all supremely talented. They're in the NFL for a
reason. They've very competitive in the secondary. They've had some
injuries at linebacker, but those guys play hard. They really can power
guys in the rush. They've got some good scheme stuff, so we don't take
anything lightly. We've got to put in all the preparation this week coming
off a tough loss at home, so it's a big challenge. I've played in a lot of
games where one team is favored, and at the end of the day, none of that
ever matters. It's how well you play on that day. We've got to go out and
expect to play our best game if we want to win." I know it is always
tougher on the road, and tougher when you have to travel 3,000 miles.
know that the Pats have never played in San Fran's new stadium. "I
think it's the same every week whether you've been there or not. Of course
if you haven't been there [than] there is a newness to it, but even if you
have been there at most you're probably playing in that stadium once a
year," BB said. "So just re-familiarizing yourself with the
conditions, the sun, the lights, the scoreboard, the 40-second clock. I
would say in most of these stadiums, the way they're built, there's a
difference in the wind between in the end zone where it's more protected
and out at midfield and usually the flags are no indicator of anything
other than it's the opposite of whatever they are.
turf, the footing, the consistency of that, if cleats are an issue. [If]
it's a turf field then obviously it's not the case, but if it's not then
what are the conditions? Cleveland's surface versus, let's just say
Arizona's surface - I mean, they couldn't be more different. So each game
is different so even if you've been in the stadium before, if it's a day
game, if it's a night game, whatever the wind is, whatever the sun is,
it's different for that day. I think fundamentally you just always want to
go through that process and re-acclimate yourself to the specific
conditions for that particular game." That is just too much for me to
think about before a game.
The Run Game- Okay, they activated Dion Saturday. "I
think any time a player is coming back from missing a significant amount
of time, there's a certain buildup process. Sometimes that accelerates,
sometimes it doesn't, sometimes it just stays on a straight line course.
It's hard to predict how that's going to go," BB said about Lewis.
"There's a big difference between training and playing football. You
can run around a track, run up and down a hill, do 10,000 pushups and all
of that. I mean, that's great, but that's not being out there with 21
other guys playing football. Football is football. "Training is an
important part and component of being ready to play football, but playing
football is playing football. Especially at this time of year where you're
halfway through the season and teams have quite a bit of scheme in, both
us and our opponents, we're not just looking at kind of some basic stuff
like in the beginning or the year or in preseason, which is what preseason
is. It's very basic. We're at a whole different point. So how does that
get acclimated? What's the right time? It's a little bit of a feel
situation." Well, it felt good on Saturday.
is good news because the San Fran run D stinks against the run. They have
struggled to stop the run all season. If the Pats can get the run going
they can make this a short game, and put the 49ers defense back to their
heels. David Johnson tore them a new one in San Fran. He ran 157-yard and
two TDs in week Five.
they held him to 55-yards on 19-carries last week in Arizona. "Dorsey
helped, [NT Mike] Purcell helped, their tackling was [bad, but] they
tackled better. I know that's what they said after the game. I would agree
with that," BB said. "I thought they tackled well, and we know
Johnson is a hard back to tackle. I mean, all their backs are for that
matter. But I thought their tackling was good. They didn't give them much
yards after contact or after first contact.
say that was a problem for them in some earlier games, where you look at
the play and you stop the film, it doesn't look like they're going to gain
a lot of yards, but somebody missed a tackle or somebody takes a bad angle
and then a five-yard play becomes a 20-yard play. I've certainly been in
that situation a number of times and you have to look at it and say,
'okay, well is it really the defense or is it our fundamentals with
leverage and tackling and that kind of thing?'
I think they've identified the problem, and it certainly looked
like they took a big step last week in terms of correcting it. I mean,
under three yards per carry for Johnson, I think just about any team in
the league would take that." The Pat O-line has to step up in this
they get Blount going he can pound a defense into submission. They have to
get him going down hill. Maybe put Dion in for 5 to 7 carries to get him
used to playing again. But don't expect him to have many carries. He will
not be a factor in this game. James White on the other hand can really
hurt this team sneaking out of the backfield. This is the type of defense
that gets beat by RBs.
Must Win Game- After last weeks lack luster loss, the Pats need
this win. The whole team didn't seem to be ready to play. I thought the
team was clearly divided by the previous week. They had the election where
a blatant bigot won, and the loss of Jamie Collins to overcome. I think
the defense was a little bland in that game.
the offense was off, and not connecting like in previous weeks.
"You’re going against one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the
game in Tom Brady, a really good set of receivers, two outstanding tight
ends," Chip Kelly said. "They can run the football. They’re
very balanced in terms of how they can attack you from an offensive
standpoint and then Bill’s (Belichick) defenses are always going to be
well-coached and solid." But not last week.
week they were a mess. "Our execution wasn't great, and they put a
lot of pressure on you defensively," Brady said. "They have a
lot of good players and they make you earn every yard. That's what I
respect about that team, that defense. They play to the end. They've been
in a lot of close games. It came down to one yard at the end and we didn't
get it." They have to execute better this week.
they have to come out this week like it is a business trip." I mean
that's part of the game planning of every week and really every play,
every situation, first, second, and third-down, goal line, red area – I
mean you name it – where you feel like you can gain an advantage,"
BB said. "Maybe it's something that you can force them into or how
they play a certain type of look or formation or whatever it is and now
you can attack it. That goes on for every play throughout the course of
the game; not just on the goal line.
seen us play plenty. We have spread formations. We have tight formations.
We have two backs in the backfield, one back in the backfield, no backs in
the backfield. I mean whatever we do on any of those is to try to create
some type of advantage in some way for the play that we have. What goes
into it is the game planning and the matchups that occur every week and
try to find the best ones." I say they lost their Super Bowl chances
in Philly against Chip Kelly last year, and they can't do that again this
just go out, execute, and bring home the win, without getting into any
foolish shenanigans. "I guess first of all as it relates to the going
out there and travel and all of that. I think that's something that we've
done quite a bit of. We already had a west coast trip this year
earlier," BB said. "I mean, it is what it is. It's not something
that we do all of the time but we've already had one this year and we've
done it in the past so we'll kind of use our experience in that routine.
The stadium we haven't played in, so there will be an acclimation
adjustment there for all of us, but certainly an advantage for San
not familiar with that at all. That's something we'll have to consider.
And you're right as far as the team goes, there are not a lot of carryover
players from when we played them in 2012 here. They have a new coaching
staff. We have some familiarity with some of the systems that they employ
but not directly with the players that they have now. So that'll be an
adjustment for us. Certainly, we didn't do very well last year in the
Philadelphia game in both the kicking game and really in any phase of the
[Chip] Kelly's a great coach. I have a lot of respect for him. I'm sure
that he'll do things that will attack us as he did last year against
Philadelphia so we'll have to not only do a good job preparing for those
schemes but also again with players that we're not really familiar with or
as familiar with, with their skill set. It'll take a lot of good
preparation and film study. We have, whatever it is, 10 games on them, so
there's a lot of information out there.
this is a game plan team so just because they have or haven't done
something on film doesn't mean that we're going to see it. They'll have
things specifically designed for us, so I'm sure they'll be an element of
making adjustments during the game and figuring out how this matchup game
is going to be played as opposed to just what our scouting report says on
the 49ers. Those are all big challenges this week, as you said, traveling,
just forcing the whole issue on the preparation so we need a great week of
preparation and concentration; really utilize all of our time and meeting
and practice opportunities efficiently. There's just a lot we have to get
ready for." That's it. Business trip.
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