Tom Brady came out fighting on the field this weekend as he led the New England Patriots to a bounce back blowout win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
And the veteran quarterback stayed on the offensive Monday as he responded to media reports this week which had suggested that he was growing discontented with the current New England hierarchy.
Speaking on his weekly appearance on Boston radio station WEEI, Brady refuted claims that he was unhappy at no longer having an input in Patriots offensive plays, as well as recent changes to playing and coaching personnel.
"I've always had input and there's not one play that's ever been called in the game that I've said, 'Look I don't want to run that play or that's not the way it works," explained the three-time Super Bowl winner.
Brady went on to emphasise just what a good rapport he has with the coaching staff, explaining that is part of the reason that has seen him stick around the franchise for so long.
"I've always had the opportunity to say how I feel and what I think....They have so much respect for me and I have so much respect for them. I certainly don't feel that way. I would never say that."
Brady was specifically responding to an ESPN report by Chris Mortensen which claimed that Brady was 'uncomfortable' with recent changes on and off the gridiron.
The report also suggested that Brady could be replaced by rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo "sooner rather than later," - also adding Brady could finish his NFL career outside of Foxborough.
'No place i'd rather be'
That seems far from the case however, and whether Brady's mood was buoyed by the 43-17 win over the Bengals in which he threw for a season high 292 yards and two TDs or not, the 37-year-old seemed to lay to rest any lingering suggestions of a fallout.
"It's nice for me to have an opportunity when you hear from my own voice about how I really feel," he explained.
"There is no place I'd rather play. Certainly there's no coach I'd rather play for than Coach Belichick.
"I think we've have a good think going for a long time," the QB continued when speaking of his offensive coaches.
Not out of the woods yet
Tom Brady and the Patriots may have shocked many with their Week Five win, a game which saw them play with a freedom in the air and on the ground not seen in 2014. But they remain far from the finished article as they continue to struggle for offensive consistency.
Still, despite their troubles the Pats find themselves with a 3-2 winning record and Brady accepted that the media had every right to raise questions throughout September.
"ruthfully, I've been so lucky over the years to be in a place where we have won a lot of games. The media has been so good to me and I've been very fortunate that there haven't been a lot of negative things said about me."