Kyle Brady a big benefactor of legendary coaching tree
By John Ingoldsby
FOXBORO, Mass. - Kyle Brady could start his own personal Hall of Fame for the coaches he has played for during his career.
He has worked under two of the strongest and - shall we say unique - personalities in recent NFL times in Tom Coughlin and Jack Del Rio, while he was a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars
Now, he is playing for the league's resident genius and legend-in-progress Bill Belichick. But it is not his first experience learning from the three-time Super Bowl champion.
"A lot of what Coach Belichick does is similar to what Coach Parcells did when we were with the Jets, and Coach Belichick was defensive coordinator, as far as our practice schedule and regime," said Brady. "It's not altogether new to me."
But speaking at the conclusion of the Patriots minicamp yesterday, the free agent signee detects a change now.
"He has a different demeanor and way of carrying himself in meetings. I am getting used to that, and it has been enjoyable so far," stated Brady. "There is even a little sarcasm and humor thrown in now and then."
We all know that Bill has come a long way, baby, and Brady is sure to benefit from his previous experience under Belichick.
"I have been exposed to some of the concepts in the past since there is similar terminology to the Jets," said Brady, who adding jokingly, "There are a few cobwebs between 1995 and 1998 with the Jets and all the way to now, but it is starting to come back to me."
Aside from shaking out the cobwebs, Brady is all business
"I am trying to work hard, and understand the system and big picture in a camp like this," he noted. "As you get close to the season and then into game plans, you can start to pare things down a little bit."
As a massive 6-foot-6, 280-pound tight end, Brady has been known as much for his blocking as for his receiving, and is even referred to by some as an extra tackle.
|TE Kyle Brady talks to a member of the media (Photo Jon Scott / PatriotsInsider.com)|
"I have played awhile and had a chance to play all different roles in offenses," said the 12-year veteran. "Sometimes I have been used as a receiver and sometimes I have not, and even if you are not, there is still the blocking aspect of a tight end. You just need to take care of your business. There is a lot to the position and I try to master every aspect of it."
As the potential replacement for Daniel Graham, and with David Thomas not present at minicamp while recuperating from injury, Brady's durability could be valuable to the Patriots. He played in all 16 games in six of his last seven seasons with the Jaguars, and believes he has found the perfect fit in Foxborough.
"As a guy at the stage of my career that I am - and I did not think it would even last this long - you want to go somewhere where you can have fun, and fun in this league usually means somewhere you have a chance to win," he acknowledged. "It is no fun when you are in November and December, and have no chance, and are just playing week to week for the pride of playing. It's a lot more fun when you have an opportunity to win."
As long as the other Brady stays healthy at quarterback, this Brady will almost assuredly have an opportunity to be part of a bunch of victories, which is why he chose New England.
"As I suspected and is known around the league, these guys come to work every day with a very business-like, professional attitude," he observed. "They are hard-working and serious about winning, and you can see why they have had the success they have in past years."
Success is something Brady knows well. He was a consensus All American on the undefeated Penn State team that won a share of the national championship in 1994. He helped the team win the Big Ten and the Rose Bowl that year, catching passes from Kerry Collins and blocking for Ki-Jana Carter.
He learned from a legend then in Paterno. He soaked up even more priceless knowledge under the Big Tuna. Now, it is Belichick who is teaching him. All three are headed for their Halls of Fame, and Brady will be applying their lessons this year in Foxboro.
John Ingoldsby has covered the New England Patriots for various publications the past 13 years. He began his writing about the NFL for newspapers in the 1970s. John is a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. You can find him on the Patriots Insider boards under the handle Rudiee.