“I have a job to do, and I try to approach it the best way I can,” he said. “I’ve always tried to do things the same way. Every day is important to me. Certainly, as someone who has been around here for a long time, I know I have to bring it every day. I think I just have to go out there and lead by example, and try to bring it, and show my teammates I’m ready to go mentally and physically every day.”
Brady was on fire during Friday’s practice, which was an intrasquad scrimmage. Although the pass rush held up before sacking quarterbacks and there was no live tackling, Brady was still 25-of-25 in the scrimmage and was especially vocal, his emotion flowing over after big plays.
“I think it’s just a way to elevate everybody’s game,” he said of his approach. “It’s a very competitive team, it’s a competitive sport and you have to bring it mentally every day. You have to have an attitude about you, and we have a lot of guys on this team that bring that. Trying to push their buttons, I love to do that. They push it back, and I think that gets the best out of everybody.”
Brady also deflected a question on whether he’s changed his approach in training camp, knowing he won’t play until Oct. 9 at Cleveland, saying, “Honestly, I’m just trying to be as good as I can be every day.”
His interview with reporters lasted five minutes, during which he acknowledged the support he’s received throughout Deflategate.
“My family has been everything to me,” he said. “Obviously the support of my teammates, and coaches, and Mr. [Robert] Kraft and Jonathan [Kraft], the whole team, all our fans. I said the other night, we have the best fans in the world. And we do. Hopefully we give them a lot of reason to cheer this year.”
RENTON, Wash. — During one drill Thursday, Seattle Seahawks rookie right guard Germain Ifedi got matched up with veteran defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin.
It was a one-on-one drill, and Ifedi won this round. But what stood out was how he kept after Rubin until the whistle blew or the coaches announced that the rep was over. This has been a constant throughout camp. Ifedi has mixed it up with Michael Bennett and others on the defensive side of the ball.
“He knows I won’t back down,” Ifedi said. “The team knows I won’t back down.
“You can’t be a nice guy on the field, or you won’t be on the field very long.”
Ifedi said Bennett has been a great guy to him off the field, but the offensive line and defensive line have gotten into quite a few scuffles through the first five practices of camp. The defensive line is the more talented, more accomplished group. But what the coaches have noticed is that the offensive linemen have stood their ground.
After practice, head coach Pete Carroll gushed about what he’s seen from Ifedi so far.