BOSTON (WEEI.com) -- While most New England Patriots players were off for the weekend freeing their minds of football, Tom Brady was working.
The 41-year-old told "Mut & Callahan" Monday morning he spent the weekend watching the entire season back "a couple of times" on tape.
“We’re working though certain things," Brady said. "We are 7-3. We have our biggest games ahead of us. I don’t think we’ve played our best football. This is the time of year where we have a great opportunity ahead of us.
"I took a lot of time this weekend to watch the entire season a couple of times. We just had a lot of communication with our coaches and I think a lot of guys took the weekend to let their minds really be free of football for a few days. I am excited to start this week. We are in today and we basically work all week and then we head to New York. This time of year football season really flies by because you have the holidays and a lot of things going on, but we’ve put ourselves in a decent position.
"It isn’t perfect by any means. I don’t think we have played perfectly, but I think we’ve built to this point where we are in a position to start playing our best. It’s really up to us. There’s no way to talk your way into it. You have to do it. I think we all have to make the commitment to doing it and being our best every day and bringing our competitive stamina to practice, to the meetings and ultimately the one day of the week where it counts in the record books, which is on Sunday.”
Brady said watching so much film isn't anything new for him and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is doing the same thing.
“I do it every year and I have watched a lot of tape this year like I always do of our offense," he said. "I have a great communication with Josh, and I know he does the same. I think we are just trying to figure out ways to move the ball down the field and score points. Some weeks it has been easier than others and some weeks it has been tough. Hopefully we can put it all together — put all the pieces in place and start playing the football I think we’re capable of.”
It appears one of those pieces, tight end Rob Gronkowski, will return this Sunday against the New York Jets. Although Brady wouldn't confirm it, he did note how much different the offense is with Gronkowski on the field.
“We’ll see. I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes, We haven’t even practiced this week," he said. "I think he’s itching to get back. He’s a big difference-maker when he’s on the field. I hope he is out there, but we’ll see. It is up to the trainers and coaches and up to Rob to see how he feels. We have practice this week, and we’ll see what we can do.”
The Patriots will take on the Jets in New Jersey on Sunday at 1 p.m.