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Belichick touches on QB Tom Brady

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – With the Patriots having finalized a contract extension with quarterback Tom Brady through the 2014 season, Patriots coach Bill Belichick shared his thoughts on working with Brady.

“There is no quarterback I’d rather have than Tom Brady,” Belichick said at his Friday news conference. “He does a great job for us in all phases of the game.”

Asked if he was worried about Brady’s health after the quarterback was involved in a Thursday morning car accident, Belichick said: “I always worry about the health of our team. There is nothing more important than the health of our team. Without players, you don’t have a team.”

Often times, the head coach and quarterback are linked because they are in leadership positions, and the Belichick/Brady combination was the defining aspect of the team’s past decade, which included three Super Bowl championships. Belichick was asked to share his thoughts on what has made the relationship successful.

“I think our goals are the same, and I think generally speaking, we have a similar way of achieving those goals,” he said. “I think that works well together. I certainly enjoy that, my association with Tom. Those things he brings, I believe in. I think he believes in some of the things I believe in, so that helps.”

The Patriots aren’t planning a formal announcement on Brady’s contract extension.