Tom Brady excited for ‘level of intensity’ postseason brings
Tom Brady is currently preparing for his 16th appearance in the postseason, and it’s clear that the pressure-packed environment awaiting him and the New England Patriots still fills the veteran with excitement.
“I think it’s just naturally a level of intensity that you can’t really emulate at any other point in the season and really for us, any other point in our life,” Brady said, via NFL.com. “We all work hard to get to this point and to have an opportunity like we have, I don’t think you take them for granted.”
The Patriots will again enjoy a bye and the opponent in the divisional round is still to be determined. That said, New England will either host the Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens or Los Angeles Chargers in the divisional round at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 13.
While the Patriots (11-5) posted their lowest regular-season win total since 2009 and did not seem to be as dominant compared to seasons past, Brady is not surprisingly hesitant to question anything about this 2018 squad.
“We have great character on this team,” Brady said. “Like I said, our story’s still being written and fortunately, we have an opportunity to write it.”
Brady had what some suggest was an uncharacteristically sub-par season, highlighted by how he failed to hit any of the contractual marks that would have netted him $5 million in performance bonuses.
That being said, a sub-par season by Brady’s standards eclipses most other quarterbacks, so it would be foolish to count the Patriots out at this point.
Still, much has been made of the belief that the once mighty Patriots dynasty may be in the initial throes of its downfall. Brady does not agree with such sentiments.
Further, it’s clear that age has had no impact on the 41-year-old Brady’s hunger for postseason football, something that should not be taken lightly by any potential Patriots’ postseason opponent.