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Tom Brady at the podium at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday.FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady might not have the running prowess of Denver's Tim Tebow, but he showed Wednesday he can throw a good stiff-arm.
Blitzed with questions about Tebow during his weekly news conference, Brady instead tried to steer the conversation towards the Broncos team as a whole, preferring to focus on their blitz-happy defense or even his terrible career record against Denver.
"I think they are a very good team," Brady said when the first question centered on Tebow. "I think they obviously have a bunch of guys that play hard and play well together, I think they complement each other very well -- offense, defense, and special teams. Honestly, I’ve been focussing on their defense; I haven’t watched a lot of Broncos offense this week. I’ve seen all their games. They have a lot of good players -- D.J. Williams, Champ Bailey, obviously I’ve played against him a bunch -- I really have a lot of respect for the guys on the defensive side of the ball. That’s really our challenge this week. We’ll let the the defensive guys handle their offense."
Four more questions on Tebow followed and got similar responses before Brady was asked about simply appreciating what another quarterback was doing.
"I appreciate good quarterbacks, I’ve always watched them around the league, whether it’s Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees, who are having phenomenal years," he said. "Obviously, Tim's having a great year. You watch guys and they way they perform under pressure and it says a lot about the person they are and the way their teammates feel about them."
Brady seemed relieved when the conversation finally shifted to the Broncos defense.
"Obviously, Von Miller, he’s a phenomenal player; watching him play is pretty awesome," said Brady. "Then Elvis [Dumervil] on the other side, they’ve really got two guys that can rush the passer. And I know I sit up here every week and talk about how good a pass rush we’re going to face, but we seem to continue to face them. They really get after the quarterback. They have great linebackers, it's obviously a very physical front. The linebackers are very good and cover well. That’s what make them a pretty good defense, guys that can rush the quarterback and keep it up in coverage. But they blitz well, they blitz a lot. It’s a matter of making sure we’re protecting and getting the ball out on the time, and getting the ball to our guys so they can do something with it.”
One week after picking up his first win at FedEx Field, it was noted to Brady that he's a mere 1-5 against the Broncos during his career.
"Oh man, that's pretty bad," he said. "Hopefully we get to 2-5 this week. Maybe it’s that Mile High air. Maybe there is something to that. I don’t know. I haven't played very well [against Denver], I don’t think. We had some very close games, we just didn't pull it out. They’re a good team, and have been a good team for a long time since [former Broncos] coach [Mike] Shanahan was there and we've played a bunch of very tight games. Hopefully we can start working our way towards getting even."
Brady, who was spotted taking a game ball off the field in Washington, maybe in celebration of his first regular-season win there, was asked if that losing record against one team bothered him, especially considering it's the only team in the NFL he has a losing record against.
"Losing sucks and you hate losing, but there's nothing I can do about those games in the past now," said Brady. "I'll try to win this one, that would make me feel pretty good."