Tom Brady talked about the Patriots’ disappointing performance yesterday in Cleveland during his weekly radio appearance on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan show this morning.
“They deserved to be doing back flips yesterday,” Brady said of the victorious Browns. “I don’t think we did really anything well in any phase of the game. I don’t think it’s one of those games that we took lightly. We knew we were in for a dogfight just the way the game started, after the first three or four minutes of the game we knew what kind of a game it was going to be for the rest of the day. We just didn’t do enough in any phase of the game offensively to put drives together and sustain drives to eventually get the ball in the end zone. It’s a frustrating day, there’s no doubt about it.
“I feel like we’re a lot better team than the way we played yesterday but we gotta go out there and prove it on a week-by-week basis. It’s unfortunate because it was a great opportunity for us and a team that had been struggling this year but we just couldn’t do enough out there in any phase to play well and that’s what happens when you don’t play well. And that’s what happens when you don’t play well. I’d love to think that you could have 22 minutes time of possession, lose the turnover battle, and think you can go out there and win, but you can’t. You can’t play poorly and expect to win and we played poorly yesterday.”
Brady also praised the Browns for beating the Patriots in all phases of the game.
“I gotta give them a lot of credit,” Brady said. “They played very well as a team. Special teams they beat us up pretty good. Defensively they beat us up pretty good. And offensively they did so I don’t think there was really any phase of our game that one yesterday. That’s hard to win football games when you do that…”
Brady was asked if he was surprised about Browns coach Eric Mangini’s admission that Cleveland went with an entirely different defensive game plan in the second half yesterday to prevent Brady from adjusting to what he saw in the first half.
“They’ve had two weeks to prepare, they put a lot into the game. We knew they were going to have a whole … coach [Belichick] said at halftime, believe me ‘all the stuff that we couldn’t stop in the first half, don’t worry they got a lot more stuff in the second half,’ so he told us. He’s been telling us all week and we as players we just, there were just too many plays out there that were just bad plays in all phases of the game and it’s tough to overcome us making bad plays.”
More from Brady:
On if he has enough playmakers on offense:
Brady: “I think so. We’ve done it all season long and we gotta get the ball to the playmakers. We gotta get the ball to the guys that have proven what they can do for us on a consistent basis. At time we did that yesterday, at times we didn’t.”
On if the Patriots were prepared for what the Browns were capable of doing:
Brady: “We were prepared. We were plenty prepared, and we were forewarned fifty times last week. And we gotta take the coaching a lot better and get back to playing the way we need to play and if we don’t, then that’s the outcome so I don’t think we sit here and sulk and say man we can’t do anything, we suck. We don’t suck. If we play like we played yesterday, we suck but we know we’re capable of playing better than that but we gotta go out there and do it.”
On his reaction (grabbing his wrist where the plays are written) to some missed connections with his receivers in the fourth quarter:
Brady: “Those are just miscommunications that we had and that kind of just typified the day. I was thinking one thing, the other guys were thinking another thing. That comes up in the pace of play that we’re trying to do and rush through things and not really communicate and be on the same page.”
On whether he thought the Browns coaches’ postgame celebration went a little overboard:
Brady: “I know each of those guys well. They were celebrating like that when they were coaching for us and winning games. It’s just their personality. I’m sure they wanted to… that was a big one for them yesterday just in terms of the history of the teams. When you play well, you can do whatever you want as far as I’m concerned. If we wanted to kind of calm them down, we could have done that by playing a hell of a lot better. They deserve it. They won. They did the right things. They did what they needed to do to win. We didn’t. It’s a long season. We’ve got a lot more football to play and we gotta make a commitment to get better out there on the practice field so that it can carry over to the game field.”