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Brady reflects on Belichick, milestone win

Lost in Sunday night’s exciting Patriots win was that it was Tom Brady and Bill Belichick’s 117th career victory as a QB-coach tandem, which lifted them ahead of Dan Marino and Don Shula and into No. 1 on the all-time list.

Does Brady ever stop to think where he’d be without Belichick?

“Believe me, I appreciate every day showing up to work and having him as our head coach,” Brady said in response to that question during his weekly interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI on Monday morning. “There’s no [other] coach I’d ever want to play for. ...

“There’s so many things I’ve learned from him over the years about mental toughness. His ability to stay even-keeled through the wins and the losses. I remember the year that we went undefeated, you never would have thought we were undefeated. You would have thought we were 0-16 the way that he coached us.

"The last two weeks have been rough, but he never lost faith in us or confidence in what we were doing. He just said ‘Look we just gotta do better.’ He doesn’t ride those highs and lows and he comes in every week with a goal in mind. All the guys who play for him really appreciate that and appreciate his consistency and appreciate the way that he listens to the team as well. Ultimately he’s the one that makes the decisions but at the same time he takes a lot of input from a lot of people too. Everyone feels like they’re a part of it, and that’s very special for it to be like that."