NFL betting lines players are not the only ones looking for a big payday from the New England Patriots in 2010 as quarterback Tom Brady also wants the big bucks. Brady enters the 2010 in the final season of his contract. The 11-year pro will be looking to get the Patriots back into the Super Bowl and then to cash in on that success with a new deal next year.
Brady has been making his share of headlines in training camp, especially when he referred to his offensive linemen as “fat cows” in an uncharacteristically blunt assessment of their play. Brady has always been known as the ultimate team player and company man, even insisting that his linemen once appear with him in a commercial years ago.
“It wasn’t my finest moment,” said Brady. “I got a little heated and I was surprised that came out of my mouth.”
Brady had increased his intensity and demands for perfection from everyone, including himself. The Patriots were blown out in a home playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens last year and are looking to again find their “Super” form of 2007 when they went undefeated all the way to the Super Bowl when they lost heartbreaker to the New York Giants.
Brady is 33 and 2 years removed from the knee surgery that took away his 2008 season. The sense of urgency is obvious in his preparation and demeanor for the 2010 campaign. Add to the fact that there may be a work stoppage next year and Brady is getting ready as if there is not tomorrow with an all-business approach.
“It’s just so hard to win,” said the Patriots signal caller. “It just doesn’t happen. As you get older, you realize that, and you try to convince the young guys. You’ve got to pay the price.”
Brady had an impressive sports betting debut in last week’s 27-24 preseason win over New Orleans as he was 5-8 for 67 yards.
Brady was the NFL Most Valuable Player in that memorable 2007 season but it does seem as if things have never been quite the same for him or the Patriots after that loss to the Giants. That is one of the reasons that there is such intensity with him in camp and everyone betting NFL preseason games with New England has taken notice.
“The level of intensity’s ups a bit for all of us, and there’s definitely a heightened sense of concentration on my end,” said Brady. “I just want to win man; I don’t want anything to get in the way.”