FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Tom Brady has all the motivation he needs -- and DeflateGate isn't part of it.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick shot down the prevailing narrative that his future Hall of Fame quarterback is playing with added motivation this season as a result of the drama surrounding his Roger Goodell-imposed four-game suspensions, which later was vacated in September by a U.S. District Court judge.
"Tom always prepares hard, always works hard, always tries to do his best on the practice field, preparation on Sunday, so it's been like that for 16 years," Belichick said on a conference call Wednesday with Jets beat writers.
Though he was complimentary of his former cornerback Darrelle Revis and the Jets' fast start, Belichick was far more terse when it came to discussing his own team.
Why are the Patriots clicking so well on offense this season?
"I don't know," he said. "Our players, they've produced. We have good players and they've been productive."