Now is he, which will make for an interesting subplot Sunday when Law brings his new team (the 2-9 Jets) to his old home (Gillette Stadium) to try to salvage some pride at the expense of Brady's Patriots (6-5).
Although Law's physical style has cost him and the Jets plenty of penalty yards this season, he does have five interceptions, which equals the entire output of the New England defense. The Patriots' defensive backs have combined for just three interceptions.
"You don't want to make a bad throw against him," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said of Law, who played his first 10 seasons with the Patriots and left with a share of the franchise interception record. He and Raymond Clayborn each had 36 regular-season interceptions.
"You've pretty much come to expect change, and playing against (former) teammates," linebacker Mike Vrabel said. "Obviously, I was here with Ty for four years and there were guys who were here with him for 10 years. He's going to be doing his best to put it to us, just like Lawyer and everybody else right on down the line has tried to do."
Brady, who is coming off a four-interception game in Kansas City, will have to keep an eye on Law, who will match up against either leading receiver Deion Branch or No. 2 man David Givens, who might return after missing three games with a knee injury.
"It's an advantage for us and it's an advantage for him," Brady said of Law's knowledge of the Patriots' receivers, although he jokingly added, "I'm not sure how much he paid attention to the offense in practice anyway."
Brady has been under the microscope a bit this week after tying his career high with the four interceptions against the Chiefs. Brady's throws sailed high all day, including on each of his first three interceptions.
"Sometimes it's technique errors, sometimes it's where you thought you should have thrown it," Brady said. "Some days you just miss it a little bit. The margin of error is so little."
Given that two of the four interceptions could have been caught, Brady was asked if he thought he had played a bad game.
"It depends how you evaluate it," he said. "If you look at strictly statistics, there are certainly better days that I've had. But if you look at what could have happened on every play ... Did I think I played great? No way. No way. Would I have loved to have those interceptions back? Yeah, I would love to have made great throws. I just didn't.
"Believe me, I've beaten myself up more than anybody the last three days ... But I do believe that I'm a good player and what happened on Sunday is more of an aberration than the way I actually play. I'm glad that only comes up once every so often."
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