Tom Brady's 'Hate' for the Jets Not Helping HBO's Ratings
That might be about to change.
New England's starting quarterback Tom Brady went on Boston's flagship radio station for the Patriots, WEEI, for his weekly guest appearance Monday morning to recap last week's preseason game at the Atlanta Falcons. During the course of the interview, he was asked his opinion on the HBO reality series, "Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The New York Jets," and did not pull any punches.
"Honestly, I haven't turned it on. I hate the Jets, so I refuse to support that show," Brady said. "I'm sure it's great TV. I'm glad people are liking it. But that's just something that I have no interest in watching. I'd love to say a lot of mean things, but I'd rather not do that, either."
In this day and age of instant communication, it did not take long for Brady's words to reach the ears of Jets coach Rex Ryan, and his response was predictable.
"Hell, he knows we hate the Patriots, so what's the difference?" Ryan said after practice. "My brother's got a couple of Super Bowl rings. He loves Tom Brady, but I don't have them, so I don't like Tom Brady. I respect him, but I don't like him." Rex Ryan's brother, Rob, is a former Patriots assistant.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick took a higher road when asked the same question Monday afternoon, choosing to use it as an opportunity to praise the people over at NFL Films and confirming team president Jonathan Kraft's revelation that New England has been approached in the past about doing the show.
"Have I been approached? I've had a lot of offers," said Belichick. "I think everything NFL Films does is worth watching. Nobody does it better than they do in terms of making football interesting. ... If NFL Films does it, I'm sure it'll be good, entertaining and interesting."
However, like Brady, Belichick has yet to watch an episode.
"I've missed it," he said. "I haven't seen it. I'm sure I'll see some of it. I don't even know when it's on."
Brady has no doubts what Belichick's answer would be if asked to allow the cameras into his practices.
"That'd be tough. That'd be tough. It may have to be his final season of coaching, so I think if you ever hear that he's allowed that to happen I wouldn't think there'd be another year after that. He hasn't told me that. Believe me I have no inside information on that but I think Coach Belichick has worked pretty hard over the years to run his practices the right way, his meetings the right way, and I don't think he wants to really give that information away."