Tom Brady has adjusting to the fact he won’t be throwing to Wes Welker. (Charles Krupa / AP)

In one regard, Tom Brady is a little bit like Tiger Woods: Time, he says is on his side when it comes to winning championships.

“We’ve had our chances. Twice. More than twice, actually. I still have plenty of chances to do it,” the New England Patriots quarterback told Peter King in The Monday Morning Quarterback. “What I’ve learned is it’s really, really hard to win the Super Bowl. I didn’t get that perspective early, winning three out of the first four years I played.

“What I like about this franchise is we’ve got a shot every year. I love the fact we were in the AFC title game last year, the Super Bowl the year before that, and 14-2 the year before that. Can we win this year? It’ll be determined by our level of commitment, the mental toughness. We’ll find it out before the season. How committed are we?”

Brady, who’ll face a tougher task without Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez to throw to and with Rob Gronkowski healing, returned to Gillette Stadium today for the first time since minicamp ended late last month, the Boston Globe reported. As the week draws to a close, Bill Belichick and the rest of the gang are going to face a barrage of questions about Hernandez. It’s enough to make a coach yearn for the days of Tim Tebow inquiries.

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