McDermott spoke highly of Brady during an interview with NFL Network on Friday, calling him a “phenomenal player” when asked about the quarterback's decision in March to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“Yeah, I slept a little bit better at night when I saw Tom make his decision,” the coach said.
He added: “What a phenomenal player overall. [I have] a lot of respect for greatness, and what he’s been able to accomplish in his career and the way he works for it. Certainly, he gave us and the AFC East a lot of fits over the years.”
But McDermott isn’t taking too much comfort in Brady’s departure just yet.
“Until someone is able to beat the Patriots and win the division, they remain the favorite, in my opinion, to win the division,” he said.