Tom Brady acknowledged the obvious during his weekly radio interview on WEEI’s “Mut & Callahan.” The circumstances of Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins in Miami were difficult, but the Patriots have no time to dwell on the moment.
“Just a tough loss for us,” said Brady. “We’ll have to move on pretty quickly and try to get a win in Pittsburgh.”
“It was just great execution,” Brady said of the miraculous Miami touchdown. “You know it’s obviously a statistical anomaly when they work, and it just happened to work. They have some guys who are good with the ball in their hands, and it’s just a tough way to lose, but we all contributed in one form or another. It’s the ultimate team sport. We have to do better offensively, and that’s what I think about it.”
One moment where the Patriots might have been better was at the end of the second quarter. On third and goal at the Miami two-yard line, Brady took a sack, mistakenly believing he had a timeout to use. Yet the Patriots had none remaining, and time expired in the first half.
Brady concurred that it was a disappointment to come away from the drive with no points.
“Yeah, certainly it was. It was just a bad play,” said Brady. “It was third down and I thought, ‘OK, well let’s not throw an interception,’ and just had a few other things going through my mind. I just took it for granted. And I don’t care how long you’ve played, you’ve got to just stay really aware of those situations and don’t give away free points like that. Just a very bad play by me.”
Asked if mental errors are more painful than physical ones, Brady said he just wanted to move on.
“That rarely happens,” Brady noted, “so it’s kind of an anomaly. I’m not going to [over] evaluate it. It was just a bad play.”
It was yet another loss for the Patriots on the road. New England is now uncharacteristically below .500 on the road in 2018 (3-4).
“We’ve had four losses on the road,” Brady admitted. “The first two I would say were just slow starts. Then we look at the Tennessee game, we just got really physically outplayed. Yesterday was what it was. We had every opportunity to win that game, so it’s not that I don’t think we can win on the road. We’ve won on the road, we’ve played well on the road, we just have to close the deal.”
One notable moment from the game came after Rob Gronkowski’s touchdown catch in the second quarter. Brady fell to the ground grabbing his knee. He was helped up, and appeared to jog off a limp as he made his way to the sideline.
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“Yeah I think my knee brace just grabbed, and it just kind of twisted. It kind of dug in the wrong spot, so there’s no concern,” Brady said when asked about the moment.
“I have it braced up. I’ve been dealing with a little injury and I just had it taped and braced. It must’ve twisted the wrong way, but like I said, I have zero concern.”
And speaking of Gronkowski, Brady noted that he was pleased to see the 29-year-old tight end continue to show signs of a resurgence in recent weeks.
“He sure did, and I’m so proud of him,” Brady said when asked about Gronkowski’s good game. “He caught the ball last week against Minnesota and took a pretty good hit, worked through that. He had a great game, Julian [Edelman] had a great game, Josh [Gordon] had a great game, [Cordarrelle Patterson] had a great game. There was a lot of great performances. Again, we just came up a little short.”