We’re kind of going in installments here this evening, but here is one final issue Tom Brady dealt with today at his charity event: He doesn’t really feel like choosing a winner for Super Bowl XLIV. “I don’t like either team,” Brady said. “I don’t know. It’s going to be a great game. Can they both lose?”
With his health apparently intact, Brady’s sole focus this offseason will be getting the Patriots back among the NFL’s elite — and ensuring he won’t have to watch next year’s Super Bowl. Brady watched both title games Sunday, and in the Colts and Saints, he spotted the championship hallmarks the Patriots lacked this season.
“You never want to rationalize a season, but in reality we did not deserve it,” Brady said. “We did not earn it. The teams that are in, they earned it. From what I watched yesterday, you can see why. They played well. They’re tough. They’re physical. They smart. They’re disciplined. I hope all the players on our team looked at that say, ‘OK, this is what we’ve got to measure ourselves by.’ ”
Those words should carry significant meaning to his teammates. The message is, We need to play harder, play better, and figure this out. This offseason, then, what has to happen for the Patriots to reclaim their spot?
“The way it ended, there’s a lot of things we need to do better,” Brady said. “I talked about a lot of those over the course of the year. This is the part of the offseason where we try to solve those problems. Every team has problems, their strengths and weaknesses. It’s about identifying those and figuring out ways to improve them.
“There’s a lot of them. The things I focus on are the things I need to do better. There’s a lot of things I need to do better, as a player, as a leader, as a quarterback, as a mentor. I’m one of the oldest guys on the team now. I’ve seen a lot of good teams, and I’ve been on teams that haven’t been successful. Hopefully I can provide insight to those players in a leadership role for what we need to do.”