Responding for the first time since Rex Ryan appeared to take a shot at him by saying he gets more help from his coaches than Peyton Manning, quarterback Tom Brady on Monday morning said he agreed with the Jets coach's assessment that tutelage from Bill Belichick and the Patriots staff was a big part of his preparation.
"I get a ton of help from our coaches," Brady said during his weekly appearance on Boston sports radio station WEEI. "Of course we do. I think we have the best coach in the history of football. We have a great offensive staff, a great defensive staff that get all the players prepared.
"Coach talks about being a tough, physical football team that plays well under pressure. Part of us being smart and prepared is our coaches doing their homework. We use whatever we can to get ready to play. The guys that are on this team certainly buy into what our coaches teach us. Coach comes in every Wednesday morning -- it'll be Tuesday morning this week -- and says: 'These are the things we need to do to win' and he's right damn near 100 percent of the time."
Brady also reflected on his relationship with Belichick after seeing the Broadway show "Lombardi" on Saturday night. He sees a lot of similarities between his coach and legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi.
"I think there's a lot of history that Coach Belichick talks about with us ... to see the different way that the players really interacted with their coach and then reflecting on my relationship with [Belichick], there's a lot of similarities between the coaches," Brady said on WEEI. "They demand the best from their players. They don't give a damn who you are or what you've done. They care about what you're going to do this week.
"I think that's why Coach Belichick has been so successful. He never takes his foot off the gas pedal. There's no sugarcoating anything. 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,' and that's how he coaches us."
Brady also gave a glimpse at a side of Belichick the public rarely sees.
"He's so much fun to be around," Brady said. "He's got such a great memory. He's got so many great stories, so many experiences with players and coaches and games. He just loves football. ... That's why I enjoy being around him. ... Coach Belichick, he loves coaching, he loves this team, he loves this organization, he loves winning. There's not much more you can say about a coach than that."
Brady offered an explanation for why he was at "Lombardi" instead of watching the Jets beat the Colts, something the New York media has had some fun with at his expense. He offered a simple explanation Monday.
"I get very anxious watching those games," said Brady, who said he was checking his BlackBerry for score updates during the show and was talked into watching the second half by his friends. "I was watching the second half and I was actually kind of pissed that I watched it because I didn't go to sleep until 3 in the morning. You just get riled up as I watch and then I start rooting for a team to win, and that's not really what I want to be doing."
As for Sunday's AFC divisional playoff game against the Jets, Brady expects plenty of hype, but said none of the talk will affect what happens on the field.
"We're all at the point this year where we're motivated by much more than what someone may say about us," Brady said. "We're motivated by the fact that we have a great opportunity to be playing a division rival at home in the most important game of the year. That's plenty of motivation for us.
"We're going to let our play do the talking as we always do. There's going to be a lot of hype and buildup and people saying things. The reality is none of it matters. What matters is that whistle is going to blow at 4:30 on Sunday night and the team that executes the best and is the most prepared is the team that's going to win."