It helped tremendously. I felt more prepared going into this season than I have in many of the past seasons just because of that reason that Tommy [Brady] was out most of that training camp with the foot, so it gave me an opportunity to get a few more reps here and there.
On the Bye week being helpful
Yeah, there is no doubt. The bye week was a good week to go in and re-evaluate where we were as a team, not only myself, but also offensively and Im sure defensively and special teams and kind of just regroup. Work on those things we need to work on and build on those things that weve done well.
On what the team worked on during the bye
Well, you go back over and you see little things here and there whether it be positioning on a ball or how you throw a certain route or even mechanic wise and also just the read, different types of reads in certain kinds of reads or certain coverages that you get.
On his comfort level after three weeks
I mean I felt good going into the regular season. When my number was called on, I was pretty confident on knowing the system and having a good idea of what we wanted to get done. As we move on, I think we mature each and every week and get a little bit better and hopefully that will continue.
On being able to learn by watching vs playing
There are pluses and minuses to both. I think that for a lot of young quarterbacks, sometimes its difficult to get thrown into the fire quickly because from my experience, either you learn how to be a professional from the veteran players. Especially, with a guy like Tom [Brady] who you learn from and get a guy to mentor you and kind of show you how to be a professional and how to work and how to do it on and off the field. I think that was very important for me and my growth as a quarterback. But at the same time when you do get the playing time, then obviously there is something to be said about being out there and learning under fire, getting the experience, seeing the looks and being in there against game speed.
On 49ers QB JT O'Sullivan when he was in New England
I had a good relationship with him the brief time that he was here. He was a great guy. He worked really hard and you talk about a guy who has been through some ups and downs, I couldnt be happier for him. I thought he was a great player when he was here and to see him have the success that hes had now, becoming a starter in the NFL, I thought it was very deserving and Im just really happy for him.
On staying on one coast for a whole week
I have in college before. I have yet to do that in the NFL.
On the schedule for their west coast trip
I dont think weve got the breakdown of the itinerary yet. I think it is going to be completely normal for us. I know that almost all West Coast trips well leave on a Friday. I think thats what we are doing right now, but I dont know exactly so nothing really changes for us at all this week and as we go into next week, well worry about that then.
On the time difference
No, nothing changes. We are on normal schedule and like I said, its just back to a normal routine this week.
On what he learned watching film of Drew Brees and the Saints win over the 49ers
I thought Drew did a good job. Hes a great quarterback and you never know what is going to happen out there. You just kind of have to react. While he hit a bunch of long passes, that doesnt mean we are going to. You are going to have to work for every yard against a very experienced defense with [Walt] Harris, [Nate] Clements and [Michael] Lewis and [Mark] Roman and these guys are all experienced guys that have been in the league a long time, so weve got our work cut out for us and we just have to get after it this week in practice and be prepared come game time.
On having a healthy Laurence Maroney
Maroney is a huge lift anytime you can have him. We feel great and hell definitely help us out. The same thing with all the running backs, theyve done a great job this season. Hopefully we will continue to do so.