New England Patriots

Tom Brady’s new documentary “Tom vs Time” is at the forefront of the discussion surrounding the Patriots quarterback. But he’s doing his best to downplay the five-part series, which will air four more chapters ahead of Super Bowl LII.

Brady isn’t interested in distractions. Or, questions that literally ask him about potential distractions.

In the case of “Tom vs Time”, any resulting distractions are self-inflicted. But just like his previous press conference, Brady deflected a question about the Gotham Chopra-directed documentary during his Saturday presser in Foxboro.

The reporter who asked him about the documentary explicitly framed it as a “distraction,” to which Brady smiled and jokingly replied “What? Let’s talk about distractions.” And when asked about why he made the new series, which gives an unprecedented look into his personal life and training, he respectfully shut down the distraction talk.

“Yeah, we’ll stick to football this week, too,” said Brady. “So, I like that no distractions part. Thank you.”

Can’t blame Brady for trying to just stick to football as he and the Patriots prepare for the Philadelphia Eagles. But he probably has a lot more deflecting to do over the next week when he gets the inevitable “Tom vs Time” questions. Perhaps he’ll open up when it’s time to talk about Chapter 6, which is expected to air sometime after the Super Bowl.

Here’s the full “Tom vs Time” release schedule:

Chapter 2: Sunday, Jan. 28
Chapter 3: Tuesday, Jan. 30
Chapter 4: Thursday, Feb. 1
Chapter 5: Sunday, Feb. 4
Chapter 6: TBA

Tom Brady reacts after winning the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Tom Brady reacts after winning the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

“A Unique Game”

Despite the documentary, Brady does indeed want to stick to football. He needs to, just like anyone who would know how hard it is to win the Super Bowl as well as he does. But as always, Brady is confident that Bill Belichick will prepare the team to be at its best. If only to avoid the mistakes they’ve made in the past.

“I always say I think Coach [Bill] Belichick does a great job kind of getting the guys ready, and I feel like one of them,” said Brady. “I mean, this is exciting for me, too. So, I’ve never taken anything like this for granted, and I think we’re all very fortunate to be in this game. It’s a lot of hard work to get here.

“It’s exciting for us as players, coaches, for our families, for our friends, and what makes it great is when you go down there and you play great. So, being a part of a couple of these losses, those are pretty tough to swallow, but I think you realize how much effort you have to put in to prepare. It’s a very unique environment, unique game, and you have to be at your best. But in order to do that, you have to prepare as well as you possibly can.”

Tom Brady celebrates with Bill Belichick after winning the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Tom Brady celebrates with Bill Belichick after winning the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

No Noise

Brady is the most experience player on either team ahead of Super Bowl LII, a game that will once again test the patience and nerves of those who haven’t been to that stage before. The Eagles will also want to minimize their own distractions, something that Brady and the Patriots do better than every other team in the NFL.

He’ll have plenty of opportunities to talk about “Tom vs Time”. But even as the series debuts, Super Bowl week isn’t one of them.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.