DETROIT – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wasn’t thrilled with the offensive performance during their 34-10 loss to the Detroit Lions tonight at Ford Field.
“Well, it wasn’t our best game, obviously,” he said. “From the first series on, we just could never really get into a rhythm. It was just a bad night all around. We won’t make excuses for it; it just wasn’t a good night. We didn’t play the way we needed to play. Missed open receivers, careless interception there. You’re not going to win games if you play like that. There’s only one way to get better is to get out and practice and get back to work, try to improve the things we didn’t do very well and hopefully we’ll play better next week.”
Brady, who finished 12 of 22 for 145 yards with one touchdown and one interception, said some of the pressure he felt from the Lions’ defense wasn’t solely the fault of the Patriots’ offensive line.
“I think we tried to get the ball down the field a little bit and you’re going to try to hold it,” said Brady, who was sacked twice but hit about 10 times. “They have a good pass rush. We held up out there for a decent amount of time. I’ve got to do a better job of making quicker decisions, getting rid of the football and getting it to the guys who can do something with it.”
More quotes from Brady:
(Disappointed with not being “quicker” getting rid of ball?)
Yeah, we still have to do a better job of that – there’s no question about that. You know in practice it was better but then you get on the game field where it actually means something and it didn’t really show up tonight.
(Can this loss be beneficial at all?)
Well, I don’t necessarily think losing games and playing poorly ever helps. I think we have to understand, like every week, when you play well there’s things you need to do better; when you lose there’s things you need to do better. You don’t want to ride the wave of emotions: “Oh we’re great and we suck, and we’re great, and we suck.” We’re confident as a team, we just have to go play better. And that’s up to all of us individually. Coach always says do your job and he means it. When I’m the starting quarterback and he says “do your job” I didn’t do it very well. And that’s what he expects of me and that’s what I expect of myself. We’re going to get out there and do a better job.
(Comparing this Lions team to 2010 Thanksgiving team)
They’re a good team; they were a good team when we played them last year. It was a close game until the 4th quarter. When we made a few plays there in the 4th quarter and showed some resiliency. They’re a good team; they’re good on defense; they play well offensively, they’re very well coached. They’re tough.
(How do you keep OchoCinco going?)
We communicate quite a bit. That’s what it takes. He hasn’t had the luxury of an offseason program that most guys get and so we’re trying to cram a lot of stuff in. He’s very receptive to it, he’s very competitive. He wants to do the right thing, he wants to do it well like we all do. That’s what we’re working toward. I wish I could say we’re going to go out there and everything would be perfect every single game that we play and every drive we play would be a touchdown and we’d never have negative plays. But that’s football.
When you make a bad play, you have to overcome it. There’s a resiliency that comes into this game, a mental toughness, things that you’re trying to build on as a team. If one bad drives leads to a bad quarter which leads to a bad half which leads to bad game, you’re never going to win games because you’re always going to have adversity in this game. We’ve always got to find way, individually, collectively, as offensive and defensive units and ultimately as a team for us to strive to perform at a high level and if it doesn’t go well to try even harder and turn it around. That’s what we’re going to work for.
We’ve got a few weeks until the opener, hopefully we’re making a lot of improvements. We’ve got a big week coming up this week and see what we can do vs. the Giants.
(Thoughts on Welker’s injury)
We’ll see. I’m not sure. He’s a tough guy. There’s nobody tougher than Wes Welker. Mentally, physically, he’s as good as there is. He’s a huge part of our offense.
(On play on Thursday night vs. Giants)
I’d love for us to get out there and play a lot better than we played tonight. There’s going to be a lot of us who are itching to get back on the field. There are days like this that you want to get back out on the practice field, so you can see the film, see the technique errors, decision-making errors, make those a point of emphasis so you can practice better and when you get out in a game, actually have it show up during the game. It’ll be good to get out and practice and get out there and do a better job.