Coming off the Patriots’ first victory of the young season, quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance with Dennis & Callahan to discuss the game and address the recent NFL controversies. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
The big news in the NFL this past week was the controversies surrounding Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, both of whom are out indefinitely due to domestic abuse issues. Brady declined to offer his take on either matter.
“I try to stay in my lane. All of those things, none of it’s really my business or my control,” he said. “I’ve just been focusing on the games and what I can do better. The things that are taking place on other teams or league-wide decisions, those are a different pay grade than me.”
Pressed to offer an opinion, Brady said: “I certainly have a lot of personal feelings toward all those things, but it’s just, there’s nothing I can do. If I make a comment about it, there’s nothing I can do to make a difference. The owners of the league, the commissioner of the league, the teams themselves, the players that are involved, they’re the ones that are speaking on it. It’s not really my responsibility to speak out about those things, because there’s a lot of other people doing the talking.
“I really don’t want to be involved in any of those things. I try to live and make the best decisions possible on and off the field and represent our organization and represent my family as best I can. Those things are happening. I just don’t want my name mentioned in any of those situations that are happening.”
Brady completed 15-of-22 passes for 149 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions Sunday, but he did not appear pleased after the 30-7 victory over the Peterson-less Vikings.
“I wasn’t unhappy. I was very happy we won,” he said. “I thought the defense played awesome. Special teams made some huge plays for us. Offensively I thought in the first half we did some real good, positive things. I just wish our execution overall would be a little bit better. That’s what we’ll work on this week, and we’ll try to make some improvements where we can, then hopefully we just continue to get better as we go.”
The offensive line had a much better day after struggling in the opening loss to the Dolphins.
“It was a good physical effort. We talk about playing physical and running the ball, stopping the run and covering kicks, and we definitely did all those yesterday. You need to be a physical team to win for four months in the NFL. Being a one-dimensional team or a finesse team only takes you so far. So we talked a lot about being physical, being mentally and physical tough. All those guys up front really stepped up to the challenge.”
One of the issues the Patriots had Sunday was with penalties, as they were flagged 15 times.
“The penalties, they just kill drives. We don’t want to be one of the most-penalized teams in the league,” Brady said. “I think that’s a great recipe for how to lose games — turnovers, penalties, missed opportunities. We’ve got to do a better job with the penalties. I thought obviously not turning the ball over on the road was good, and the defense made all those big plays, which allowed us a lot of short fields and more opportunity really than we took advantage of.
“We’ve just got to be able to score more points. When we have opportunities to get the ball in the end zone and convert short yardage, we’ve got to do it. But it was a good win for our team, especially getting one on the road. Now we’re back home for our home opener this coming weekend, which will be a lot of fun.”
Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.
On why Danny Amendola has not been a factor in the first two games: “We’ve just got to find ways to get everybody the ball and spread it around to different guys. We spread it around a little bit yesterday. He didn’t get the ball as much as obviously as I would like to get it to him. Brandon LaFell, the same thing. Aaron Dobson had one catch to start the game and didn’t get a lot of other looks after that. We’ve got to get the ball to everybody and spread it around to everybody. Those guys are all good with the ball in their hands, so we’ve got to find ways to do a better job of of finding everybody. That’s what makes an offense tough to defend, when you can spread it around to everybody. Danny’s done a great job and he’s working his butt off to get open. It’s up to me to find ways to get him the ball.”
On if he’s concerned that the Patriots might overlook the lowly Raiders, who visit Foxboro next Sunday: “That’s really the furthest thing from my mind. They’ve got some great players on defense. Charles Woodson, someone that I’ve played against for a long time. Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown, Tyvon Branch is a really good player. Khalil Mack’s a rookie. They’ve got some big guys up front that are good pass-rushers. LaMarr Woodley‘s over there, Justin Tuck‘s over there. There’s no shortage of great players on defense. I think our offense has its work cut out for us, and we’re going to have to continue to play better than the way we’ve played the first few weeks. There’s a lot of room for improvement, certainly in the pass game we need to do a much better job. Hopefully we can make some improvements this week and go have a great game against a defense — I know they’re 0-2, but they’ve got a lot of great players on that defense.”
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