It was hard to get much of any reaction from the Patriots after Super Bowl LII. Short, one-sentence quotes and cliches. It was no surprise that the Patriots side of the mic'd up segments that have aired on NFL Network this week have been so bland and generic. Outwardly, the Patriots just don't come close to the Eagles' hunger and raw emotion - perhaps that's a byproduct of having been to the mountaintop so many times.
On Friday, Tom Brady ended his silence, congratulating the Eagles for pushing him and his team on the biggest stage.
"Gratitude to the Philadelphia Eagles team and organization for bringing out the best in us and being gracious winners (as well as congratulations on winning the championship)," Brady said in part of his message.
"There are many emotions when you come up short of your goal. And they are all part of learning and growing in this journey of life. Learning turns everything into a positive. And the number one feeling I have had the past 4 days is gratitude."
The Patriots face an uncertain future. They kept offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels but may end up losing Rob Gronkowski, who admitted after the Super Bowl he's mulling retirement. Reports have surfaced this week that Hollywood is a possibility for Gronk, who is still just 28 but has suffered through many injuries throughout his career - back, forearm, knee and most recently a concussion.