INDIANAPOLIS – Bill Belichick gave his press conference a day earlier, and Tom Brady was nowhere to be found at the NFL Scouting Combine, but both were mentioned prominently during Friday’s media sessions.
Star quarterback Johnny Manziel, a potential No. 1 overall pick, said he appreciated Brady offering him advice after Manziel reached out to him.
“It was cool for him to reach back out to me after I extended a text message to him,” Manziel said. “It was extremely cool. Kind of a really funny conversation at first, (then) worked our way into a little more serious conversation. It was really nice. I’m very thankful for him to be able to extend a hand out to me in the situation that I’m in.”
What did Brady say?
“The big thing, just enjoy the process,” Manziel said. “Kind of gave me a little joke: If I teach him to how to run like I can, he’ll do anything in the world for me. It was pretty funny hearing it from him.”
New Texans coach Bill O’Brien, formerly the Patriots’ offensive coordinator, said his team won’t try to measure up the quarterback prospects in this year’s draft with Brady when they decide whether to take one with the No. 1 overall pick.
“You can’t compare guys to Tom Brady. Guys like Tom Brady really don’t come along very often,” O’Brien said. “I think he’s still playing at a very high level. Good friend, great competitor, really enjoyed coaching him and he’s one of the best to play this game.”
O’Brien also credited Belichick for helping him grow as a coach – O’Brien left New England to serve as head coach at Penn State before accepting the Texans job in January.
“I think it’s pretty well documented I’ve learned a lot from him,” O’Brien said, “between how to get ready for a game, prepare a team for a game, evaluating your roster, getting ready for the draft. He and I have a good relationship. I’ve seen him here, it’s good to see him. I think all of us that coached for Bill learned a lot from him.”