Brady Downplays Tense Moment

It was a moment that is as close to a meltdown as you're likely to see coming from the Patriots' sideline. Tom Brady and assistant coach Bill O'Brien openly jawed at each other last Sunday. Brady diffused the fallout when asked about it afterwords...

Brady downplays argument with O'Brien

   More than a day later, the talk of the town in New England remained the sideline shouting match between Tom Brady and first-year Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien on the sideline during the fourth quarter of Sunday's 34-27 win in Washington.

   The argument, captured closely by the CBS cameras (Click to watch) , came just after Brady threw an interception in the end zone on a pass intended for first-year wide receiver Tiquan Underwood. Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson made the play but cutting in front of Underwood for the pick.

   Brady seemed to be yelling on the sideline that the young receiver simply can't get undercut on the play. At that point, O'Brien barked back at Brady. Eventually wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea had to physical restrain O'Brien, and even Patriots head coach Bill Belichick came over in a effort to diffuse the situation.

   "I threw a pretty bad interception so he wasn't happy about it," Brady said of the argument."There was probably a long list of player not happy with me after that. Billy was pretty made at me. I deserved it.

   "We're both pretty emotional guys. That's what I deserve. You make b ad plays, you are supposed to be yelled at by your coaches. Wasn't the first time, probably won't be the last.

   "It was just a stupid play by me."

   Whether Brady deserved it or not, or if the reigning MVP even initiated the verbal back-and-forth, such things are rarely so clearly captured by the network cameras on the New England sideline.

   "I credit coach O'Brien for laying into him a little bit," New England local TV and radio analyst and former Patriots backup quarterback Scott Zolak said.

   On Monday, Underwood said a portion of the blame for the interception fell on his shoulders.

   "It happens. It's just part of the game. We're all passionate about our jobs and what we do. It's very intense, especially on game day," said Underwood. "Me and Tom spoke afterward. He explained what I have to do the next time in that situation. I've got to run a better route and catch the ball. If I can't catch the ball, I have to bat it down."

   And in his weekly contractually obligated appearance on a Boston radio station on Monday, Brady downplayed the incident and sounded quite upbeat about his overall relationship with O'Brien.
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   "We're both very emotional people and believe me, when things don't go well, everyone gets frustrated. There are different ways that we express our frustration and when I make a play like that at the end of the game, it's not what he expects, or any coach expects. That's just part of the game," Brady told WEEI.

   "He and I have a great relationship. I love that he feels that he can coach me. I think that's something as a veteran player, you maybe don't get a lot from coaches. Because you're a veteran, you think 'Man, I can't be yelled out.' But yeah, you can. And you should. We're all held accountable. I'm glad our defense really made the play to win the game at the end, because I would have been feeling pretty crappy if we would have somehow not pulled that game out with that interception there at the end.

   "Billy and I have a great relationship, so I think it's just that thing on both of our parts, and I do that a lot too, I get on guys all the time. It's a way to try to get guys to respond. Our team needs a lot of fire. We need a lot of emotion. That's the way you play the game."

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