The most up-to-date content on the planet
this just in
 RSS
WEEI » This Just In » Brady: 'I could certainly play better'
Sun, 09/22/2013 - 9:40pm  

Brady: 'I could certainly play better'

FOXBORO — It was hardly a breakout game for Tom Brady but after the way things went in Week 2 against the Jets and the first quarter Sunday, he will take Sunday’s 23-3 win over Tampa Bay as a step in the right direction.

Brady finished 25-of-36 for 225 yards and two touchdowns. He led the Patriots to 17 second-quarter points that gave New England control they would never relinquish. Brady did throw an interception in the red zone in the third quarter, something you can count on one hand from a Brady-led Patriots offense in the last 12 seasons.

“I could play better. I certainly could play better,” Brady said. “The interception will bother me for the rest of the week until I get a chance to get out there again. And the missed touchdown pass, that was terrible. I expect to make those plays.”

But most of the yelling by Brady on Sunday was not in anger but motivation. From the two touchdowns to Kenbrell Thompkins in the second quarter to an efficient second half, Brady’s body language looked much better Sunday.

“Well hopefully it stays that way,” Brady said. “I thought the guys did a great job – we had a good week of practice and I think it ultimately showed up. It was a good win. It was fun to be out there, fun to see us play a little bit better, so it’s nice to be 3-0.

“The [receivers] have been playing well. I think we just got good production from the tight end spot, the running back spot. It’s nice that the burden doesn’t have to fall on one position. We got a great job in the running game against one of the best run defenses in the league. 160 yards rushing against the number one rated rush defense in the league last year is pretty impressive.”

Brady got a big boost from his defense, which stopped Tampa Bay twice on fourth down in the first half, leading to points.

“They did a great job,” Brady said. “And Tampa got stuck a few times in the fringe area going into the wind and had to go for it because it’s too short to punt it and too long for a field goal. We’ve been caught in that situation a few times. Our defense did a great job stopping them and any time you can limit a team to three points, that’s incredible in the NFL. They’ve been playing great. Offensively we just have to keep doing a better job.”

Here is the rest of Sunday’s postgame presser from Brady:

Q: Can you talk about the determination of the rookies, trying to do well for you and the team?

TB: Yeah, they’re doing a great job. They’ve worked really hard to understand what we’re trying to do on a weekly basis. And it changes up a lot with our offense. It’s not like we do the same thing week to week all the time; we try to attack teams in different ways. Today we definitely made some adjustments throughout the first quarter, second quarter, and we did a good job adjusting and really trying to understand what we need to do to put drives together.

Q: Sometimes young guys have a hard time understanding urgency. Aaron Dobson was just saying that some of your frustration last week kind of cemented for him that ‘We don’t have time. We have to do this right and we have to do it right quickly.’ I’m guessing that wasn’t your intention, but do you think that’s the case?

TB: Yeah, it’s interesting because you go through the spring camps and you have the practices and because there’s no real competition and there’s no scoreboard, and in some ways you get a false sense of security that things are going the right way. And then you have preseason games and practices and things are going the right way, and none of it matters, because what matters is what you do during the regular season. You come into these games and we went up to Buffalo and won a hard-fought game. It took a big drive from us at the end to win. And last week was a division opponent and we didn’t play our best, but we really fought it out, grinded it out. And today was a better day all around. It’s a week-to-week thing in the NFL and you have to put it in every week. And every week the urgency is more because there are less games and there is less you can do about your season. Just to get to 3-0 – we’ve only done it once in the last seven or nine years, which is a pretty good stat. I’d love to get to 4-0.

Q: You spend a lot of time talking about poise and mental toughness. Were the first few drives today good ways to test that and where you were?

TB: Yeah, we got off to a little bit of a slow start. We just didn’t convert some meaningful third downs. And when you don’t do it, you’re off the field and you’re punting the ball to the other team. But our defense did a great job limiting them to a field goal and then stopping them. Really that was a big turnaround when they stopped them in the fringe, we took the ball went down the field and I hit KT [Kenbrell Thompkins] on the route for the touchdown. So that ended up being a big swing with the big stop, a good drive and really resulting in a touchdown.

Q: The quarterback sneak just before the half that you picked up five yards on, was that an audible?

TB: We talked about it so it was…I wish I could have been a little faster and gotten a little more. But the great thing is Steve [Gostkowski] made the field goal. Coach always talks about those really important situational football plays that when you actually get a chance to finish the play, we finish the play. It was a great field goal attempt – kick, blocking, snapping – and a huge momentum playing going in, with the interception, make two good positive plays and then a great kick to go into the half with three points.

Q: It was reported that you reached out to Deion Branch and Brandon Lloyd. Can you comment on that?

TB: No, I haven’t talked to those guys in a while. I love both of them. They’re good friends and great teammates, but I haven’t talked to either of them in a while.

Q: How important is this part of the season where it’s forcing you to go around to all these different targets while Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski are out, and then when they’re back you’ll be used to your whole complement of receivers?

TB: Yeah, fortunately all of those guys – [Zach] Sudfeld, the three rookie receivers – have all been out there at practice every day throughout the spring and the summer. I know Josh [Boyce] missed some in the spring, but I’ve thrown a lot of balls to those guys. We’ve spent a lot of time talking about offensive football and situational football. We’ve done a pretty good job in situational football, which has really helped us. The plays before the end of the half, the drive at the end of the Buffalo game, the third down play that we made at the end of last week against the Jets where Julian [Edelman] caught the ball at the end of the route. Those are big plays. They’re little things, but they’re big things. That’s a big reason why we’re 3-0.

Q: Did you start attacking them differently on first downs than you were at first?

TB: Yeah we did a better job on the drive starts. This team has done a great job last year and through the preseason of getting teams into third-and-long. They do a great job with their run defense to get you in second-and-10s, second-and-10-plus, which forces you into third-and-long and it’s an aggressive defense, so when you get in these third-and-11s, third-and-nines…they’ve had more third-and-10-plus attempts than third-and-less-than-10. That says a lot about their first and second down defense. We obviously didn’t do a very good job with that early in the game. I thought we converted better as the game went on. But we’re going to have to do a better job of it next week.

Q: Did you try to attack them differently on first down as the game progressed?

TB: A little bit. We definitely made some adjustments of routes that we thought would be better against what they were playing. And then we ended up making the plays. It’s one thing to make the adjustments and say ‘Look, this is going to give us a better chance,’ and we did end up doing a better job and guys made a lot of really good catches out there, good catch-and-run plays like the touchdown. We had a bunch of third-down plays with guys crossing the field so that was important.




Audio On Demand

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss …

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss with Dale and Holley

We check in on the Patriots off-season with ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss. Mike updates us on Revis, McCourty, Wilfork and more.

Chris Price, WEEI.com, joins Butch Stearns to talk franchise tags and NFL free agency 3-1-15

Price calls Butch to discuss the March 2nd deadline for franchise tags, free agency and the Pats' plans going forward.

Jim Quirk, NFLRA Executive Director, talks with Mut about the NFLRA's statement, 2-18-15

Shortly after the NFLRA released its statement demanding an apology from ESPN, Jim Quirk, the NFLRA's Executive Director, joined Mut to talk about the statement

SB Nation's Paul Flannery…

SB Nation's Paul Flannery joins Mike Mutnansky, 2-19-15

Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline

SI's Chris Mannix with Dale and Holley

We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.

We Love Anthony Davis - Jessica Camerato joins us to talk Marcus Smart

Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.

WEEI.com's Rob Bradford (…

WEEI.com's Rob Bradford (@Bradfo) joins Butch Stearns from sunny Fort Myers on "Picture Day" 3-1-15

The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.

David Ortiz says remove instant replay to increase pace of baseball

David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.

Hot Stove Show 02-26-15

Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game

Sunday Skate with WEEI's …

Sunday Skate with WEEI's DJ Bean and ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald - Hour #2 3-1-15

In the second of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe discuss the approaching NHL trade deadline and what the B's will do. They get into the Boychuk move at the beginning of the season and Boychuk's brother venting on Twitter this morning about complaining B's fans. There is more discussion on the 3rd and 4th lines, their playoff chances and then they are joined by ESPN's Scott Burnside.

Sunday Skate with WEEI's DJ Bean and ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald - Hour #1 3-1-15

Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.

Scott Burnside, ESPN, joins DJ Bean and Joey Mac on Sunday Skate 3-1-15

Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.

D&C's Spring Training Rec…

D&C's Spring Training Recap 3-4-15

A look back at Dennis and Callahan's 2015 trip to spring training. They visited with Larry Lucchino, Ben Cherington, Xander Bogaerts, John Farrell, Mookie Betts, Joe Kelly, Curt Schilling and Dustin Pedroia.

The 2015 Red Sox Spring Training Media Round Table 3-4-15

Dino, Gerry and Kirk are joined by Rob Bradford, Gordon Edes and Steve Buckley to forecast the 2015 campaign.

Dustin Pedroia sits in with Dino, Gerry and Kirk 3-4-15

Pedroia joins the guys in Fort Myers to look at the upcoming season and his health entering the spring.

Andy Brickley, NESN, talk…

Andy Brickley, NESN, talks about the Bruins trade deadline moves. 3-4-15

Brick joined the show to talk about the couple players that the B's added. He noted that the lack of subtractions means that the front office trusts the core group.

Three For All - Red Sox honor Pete Frates with #3 jerseys, 3-4-15

The Red Sox entire team wore the number 3 to honor Pete Frates. The HS team that was suspended for trying to bring awareness to breast cancer have been allowed to play. Erik Spoelstra and Pat Riley are bad at karaoke, but not as bad as Joey and Christian.

Should the Pats focus on Devin McCourty or Brandon Browner? 3-4-15

With the Patriots focusing on CB Darrelle Revis, it's likely that the team will lose safety Devin McCourty or Brandon Browner. Or both.

Jack Edwards: Talbot only…

Jack Edwards: Talbot only a grit guy, will do anything to help the Bruins win

We talk Boston Bruins with NESN's Jack Edwards, our first talk since the NHL trade deadline.

Jerry Thornton's impromptu Patriots Super Bowl DVD review

Jerry discusses the plus and minus' of the Patriots first (of many) Super Bowl DVD's

Marathon bombing trial begins: Defense attorneys open with a confession

Dale and Michael briefly discuss the opening of the Marathon Bombing Trial, and how the 'Free Dhzokar' crowd will have to get a new hobby.

The Rev Girls come in stu…

The Rev Girls come in studio to talk MLS

Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.

Bill "Spaceman" Lee talks Red Sox spring training andCuban baseball players

Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.

Kirk Minihane calls to clear the air with Mikey

Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.

We Love Anthony Davis - A…

We Love Anthony Davis - Adam Himmelsbach from the Boston Globe, 3-4-15

Adam Himmelsbach, Celtics beat reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the show to share his love of the Brow and discuss the surging Celtics playoff chances. Then we take a field trip to the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference and analyze the data with Rick Friedman.

Wrestlecast 3/03

Chris and comedian Will Noonan discuss the events of last night's Raw.

College Puckcast – Hockey East opening round preview with Mike McMahon and Northeastern coach Jim Madigan

WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin previews the opening round of the Hockey East tournament with Northeastern coach Jim Madigan and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and The Mack Report.

Curt Schilling takes on t…

Curt Schilling takes on the Twitter trolls 3-2-15

Curt Schilling didn't back down when twitter trolls took shots at his daughter. Dino, Gerry and Kirk applaud Schill's stand.

More from this show

Curt Schilling talks abou…

Curt Schilling talks about taking on the Twitter trolls 3-3-15

Schilling chatted about his decision to fight back against the Twitter trolls that targeted his daughter. Curt talks about what he would like to see happen to the most vicious trolls.

More from this show

Headlines, Headlines, Hea…

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines: Bill O'Reilly lied 3-3-15

All the latest stories brought you by Kirk Minihane.

More from this show

Curt Schilling shines lig…

Curt Schilling shines light on internet trolls and greater societal problem in the process

We discuss Curt Schilling's outing of the internet trolls who thought rape jokes were appropriate to direct at his daughter, and we discuss it with you, on how this isn't just a sports issue, it's a societal issue.

More from this show

Tom E. Curran, CSNNE, tal…

Tom E. Curran, CSNNE, talks franchise tag & Darrelle Revis, 3-3-15

Tom E. Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England talks about the Patriots placing the franchise tag on Stephen Gostkowski and what is going on with Darrelle Revis' contract situation

More from this show

Weei Writers