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Tom Brady Locker Room Interview

Tom Brady addressed the media during an interview in the Patriots locker room at Gillette Stadium.

Q: How did you feel about seeing Rohan [Davey] go?

TB: Rohan has a great future. He's been a great quarterback and leader for this team. It was very tough to see him go.

Q: Do you get a sense from the Green Bay game that things are back to where you expect them to be?

TB: I think we did some things that were better. But at the same time, there's such a long way for us to go. The point is to make an improvement on a daily basis. I'm glad we did a little bit of that against Green Bay and hopefully that carries on into this week and obviously into the opener.

Q: Are you expecting to watch the final preseason game from the sideline?

TB: I don't know. That's a coaching decision.

Q: Would you like to play?

TB: Yeah, I'd always like to play. As long as [Coach Belichick] wants to keep me in there.

Q: But if you don't, do you feel like you're ready for Oakland?

TB: No, I don't feel like I'm ready. I feel like I have 10 or 11 more days. I'll use those as best I can.

Q: Is Oakland starting to creep into your mind at all?

TB: They've been creeping into our mind since we got the schedule. I think you definitely pay a lot of attention towards them. You always know your season opener. Training camp is to get ready for the season and your first game. I'm glad it's kind of inching closer.

Q: Do you have relatives in New Orleans and have you been watching TV through all this?

TB: Yeah. I have been. You know what, there's a lot of teammates that are from that area. Hopefully everyone down there is safe. I know it's tough. We dealt with this last year with the people in Miami. Hopefully everyone is safe.

Q: How different is it going to be without having Rohan out there in practice with you?

TB: It's been long time since he hadn't been out there. Rohan was a great worker, leader and competitor. I think he went over [to Europe] and showed what he's capable of in NFL Europe two years ago. The times he played for us, he went out there and did a great job. It's very difficult on him. I saw him this morning and he took it very hard. As you would as an athlete, your pride really takes a hit. One day it's going to happen to all of us. I know he has a bright future and hopefully finds a place that is happy to have him.

Q: Can you talk about what Rohan brought to the team?

TB: He was a person that I could always rely on. He always had great insight in what we were doing. Rohan always carried a great attitude out here. He'll be missed by everybody. He has a lot of close friends in this locker room. He had the respect from everybody. If you're not out there playing, you still have a role. You have to do things to help this team win. It's all about winning games. If you can't do anything to help the team win then you can't be here. Rohan made the effort every week to get us ready to play and he was ready to play every time he was called on.

Q: When Bill [Belichick] makes the decision, is it even worth the discussion of going up to him and saying 'Bill, I'd like to play.'

TB: No [laughs]. He is a good judge of what he thinks we need to do to be ready. We're going out there today preparing like we're going to play. He doesn't ever want you to lose the edge mentally or physically in what we are trying to do. We have to go out there and try to get better. The season starts shortly and we really can't afford to lose a day.

Q: If your ever playing somewhere else, how much would you pay for the number 12?

TB: You always want to stay with one number. A lot of people are spending a lot of money. I don't know how valuable that is.

Q: What do you think you would pay?

TB: That's a great question.

Q: Is there a great answer for it?

TB: I guess not. I don't know. It depends how important it is. I think 12 is important to me.

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