Tom Brady was on WEEI this morning discussing the Patriots' loss to the Giants yesterday and what it will take for New England to right the ship heading into the Meadowlands for a divisional showdown with the hated Jets on Sunday night:
Do you know the reason plays aren't made?
It’s a bunch of different things - I think…individually you look at what you did every play and you try to figure out what you could have done better, based on not only your own expectations but what the team expectations are for you on a particular play and then cumulatively over the course of the game, obviously the more plays you make the better the outcome for the team. So that’s what we do all night, we sit around and we think about all the things we wish we had done better and if there were a few things we had done better, we would have come away with a win yesterday.
Did you have an 'off' day with your accuracy?
You know obviously I wish I would have completed more passes, there were plays out there that I wish I could have hit, and those are the ones that I think about. They made a lot of plays, it’s a good defense and we’re just going to keep fighting on. That’s what we’ve done to this point this season and there’s a long way to go, but we gotta get back to winning, we have to get back to more good plays than bad plays.
Did the Steelers give a blueprint for how to beat the Pats?
You know every week we go in and have pretty good idea what they’re going to do and we know what we’re going to do against them, so teams may have a blueprint for us and we think we have a blueprint for them and that’s how we go out and play. I don’t think there’s any doubt we can make good plays, we’ve done that all season. We’re not incapable of doing that. We’re just making too many bad plays, and the bad plays are what gets you beat.
Is Chad Ochocinco ever going to get it?
Well you know we make improvements every week, it’s just a matter of us ultimately getting it done in the game …every week there’s more confidence in what we’re doing with him and with him and me, and it’s just a matter of us getting out there and doing it on the field. Believe me no one’s more frustrated than us we talked after the game about what we need to do to get better and we’re just going to keep doing it. We don’t know any other way. We’re not going to sit and feel sorry for ourselves, we’re 5-3, is it where we want to be? No, it’s not, but we have to do something about it and that’s what this team’s always been about. Rather than make excuses and point fingers, all of us individually are going to go out and try to perform a lot better and see if we can do a better job.
On his comment Sunday night that the Pats will see what they're made of this week:
Well we’ve lost two straight, and we’re going on the road against a damn good team. It doesn’t get any tougher than that. On a Sunday night stage where you’re the only teams playing. We’re going to see what our team’s all about, we’re going to see the level of commitment we have. It’s been good all year. I think that’s why we’re in these games – even the games we lost, we’re in the till the end and we’re fighting to the last whistle. That’s what it takes. We don’t have any quitters on this team; that’s not the character of this team. And nor do we have guys that aren’t mentally tough…we’re just going to go out there and try to work harder, prepare harder, and try to do a better job.
Is Ochocinco where he's supposed to be (ie running the right routes)?
Yeah, he is. He certainly is. There’s a lot of things that go into our offense and timing our offense and he and I have only played eight games together, so, and that was really with an abbreviated offseason. Like I said, we talked to each other after the game – it’s frustrating coming off the field and we’re not making the plays we’re capable of making. I know that and I’m trying to get him the ball and I’m trying to make him part of the offense; that’s just what my role is. Really what I think about is what I need to do better, and there’s plenty of those things so me getting caught up with other guys and what they – for me, I need to throw the ball better, I need to make better decisions and I gotta make fewer bad plays each game.
Will the phrase 'avoid the noise' be used by the Pats this week?
Yeah, it will be. It was last week and we do a good job of that. When you lose to good teams and you lose and they’re very close games and you don’t play well, you know, you just go, ‘God, we didn’t even play well.’ It’s different if you give everything you got and you play really well and you still lose because then you go, ‘man, I don’t know what we could do better.’ Well, we know what we can do better. There’s a lot of things we can do better. There’s a lot of things I need to do better. When I’m driving home last night that’s what I’m thinking about – I’m thinking about the plays I need to make to help our team win.
Has the fear/intimidation factor gone away for other teams when it comes to New England:
I'm not sure. I really don’t know how other teams view us. I don’t think we’ve ever taken the approach that we have a big edge going into every game, I think our edge comes from our preparation, our ability to work hard and our ability to perform under pressure. That’s something that has to be developed every single year. I don’t think Rodney Harrison – those guys don’t have any effect on what we’re doing now, you know, they were great payers for this team and we had some great years, but none of that means anything for this particular team. This particular team, we’re 5-3 after eight games. Like I said, it’s not where we want to be, it’s not where we’re expected to be, but we’re the only people that can do anything about it. So we’re not going to sit here and bitch and complain make excuses and point fingers at each other, we’re going to go out there and try to do a better job and see if we can do a better job. That’s what it comes down to.
On whether he took pride in the Pats' streak without back-to-back losses and what it took to be so resilient:
When you turn the ball over four times in a game, you’re not going to have many chances to win. It’s hard to win when you have four turnovers. So we lost to Pittsburgh, obviously we didn’t play well, yesterday we turned the ball over four times, we had plenty other missed opportunities in the first half where we really got no points on the board so your margin for error is very slim going into the second half. We made plays to go up in the fourth quarter, make it competitive, and they made enough plays in the end to win. I don’t think back to back or what we did last week had any effect on this week’s game just like this week’s game will have no effect on next week’s game. What’s going to have the most effect on next week’s game is how we play and we can’t turn it over and we’ve gotta be better in the red area, we gotta be better on third down and like I said, we gotta (stop) making bad plays and make good plays.
Are the Jets a different team now than the team you beat earlier this season?
Well I mean it’s the same players, it’s the same scheme. They’re a good team, they always play us tough, they play us tough at home, but these are the ones we gotta go out and we gotta win. We gotta win tough games on the road against good teams. You’re not going to be a good team in the NFL if you can’t win on the road. So like I said, they’ve got the same players, they’ve had the same players now for a few years pretty much and the same scheme every year since Rex (Ryan) has been there. So it’s a tough place to play, but we gotta go out there and we have to go down and try to play an error-free game and see if we can go out there and get a big win on the road.