FOXBOROUGH — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was right at home during his weekly press conference.
Brady, who prefers to do his State of the Quarterback address at his locker, was instead behind the dais in the media workroom, but the crack Patriots media relations staff superimposed an image of Brady’s locker behind him to make him feel more comfortable.
“Now, we’re both satisfied,” said a grinning Brady. “That’s awesome.”
If only Brady could say the same about the Patriots’ offense, which is still functioning at less than full capacity and less than peak efficiency.
The big play has been absent from the offense.
Brady, who missed a deep pass to Randy Moss on Sunday, admitted the deep ball has gone missing from the Patriots offense in ’09.
“You’re right we haven’t hit them this year,” said Brady. “Coach [Bill Belichick] hammered into us today we haven’t had a pass over 40 yards yet this year in five games. It’s something that I got to do a better job at. There is only one way to do it and that’s to go out there and work on it, and you know ultimately we got to hit ’em. That’s why you go out there and play quarterback you got to go out there and complete the balls that are there, and when you have opportunities down the field, you don’t get them often and you have to take advantage of them.
“We hit them in practice. …But it’s really a matter of how it comes down on game day and the level of execution. I’ve got to do a better job of hitting those deep ones.”
Brady, who also missed what would have been a big gainer to Wes Welker on a seam route in the fourth quarter, said that after a rocky performance by the Rocky Mountains he’s not losing his confidence.
“If you don’t hit a pass you know you can’t lose your confidence and say, ‘Wow, I can’t complete passes any more,’ said Brady. “I think of it more like, ‘Wow, the defense was pretty lucky there that I didn’t complete it.’ The confidence that you bring as a quarterback, a running back or a receiver to your teammates is what is very important. Always bringing that positive, confident attitude, no matter what is happening in the game, what’s happened during the week or the previous week that’s what makes good leaders.
“You’ve got to be the one to ultimately go out there and perform better. Everyone counts on me to perform at a certain level. I count on them to do their job. When you’re not doing it, it’s very frustrating when you really feel in a way that you’re letting your teammates down. You also have the resiliency to go back out there and give it your best.”