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Trying to put a (hurt) finger on it

Posted by Scott Thurston, Globe Staff  December 6, 2009 05:57 PM

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Tom Brady steps to the podium:

(About not scoring in the red zone): "That probably tells the story. When you're down there in the red zone and you don't score touchdowns, you just give the other team too many opportunities and you're not going to win very often when you score 21 points. It's frustrating, but we've got to fight back and go out there and do a better job next time.''

(Is there anything you can put your finger on regarding the offensive struggles?) "We made mistakes, we made them in the first half and we made them in the second half, and you''re not going to score enough points. We certainly had our opportunities today and we didn't make them."

(Regarding Randy Moss): "They're focusing a lot on him and you have to get the ball to other guys when they do that. As the game went along they kept having guys over there, so I'd go to other guys.''

(How much did the injury to your finger affect you?): "There are a lot of guys that are banged up this time of year. You've got to get the job done. If you're out there on the field you're expected to go out and play great. At times we did that and other times we didn't. There are a lot of guys who are banged up.''

(Is that a polite way to say you're not 100 percent?): "I don't think many guys are 100 percent, I really don't. It's late in the year, it's 12 games, it's a physical game and you still have to go out there and get the job done.''

(Do you think the team is underachieving): "I think we've played pretty inconsistent. We have some good drives and then we have some bad drives. Everyone is trying to out their finger on it and really figure it out. It's frustrating for all of us. We certainly think that when we go out there we have a lot of confidence that we're going to get the ball in the end zone. We had some chances today inside the 5-yard line, inside the 10-yard line and we get no points. That's the frustrating part for all of us.''

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