The newly appointed 2-2 New England Patriots are now facing the fact that a quarter of the season is over and not in first place like they usually are. Brady standing a little bummed out at the podium yesterday told reporters “I think we are all disappointed”.
“Losing doesn’t sit well with any of us,” Brady said during his weekly appearance on sports radio WEEI’s “Kirk and Callahan Show.”
“Hopefully we can figure out how to play more consistently over the course of an entire game. Offensively, we have to be able to score more points than the other team; no matter what they score, we have to score more. If we score three points, the defense has to hold them to nothing. That’s what being a good team is all about.”
After the loss 33-20 to the Carolina Pathers, the patriots are now 1-2 at home this season, which funny enough is the first time since Bill Belicheck’s first ear as coach that they last multiple home games before Week 5 of any season.
The Pat’s now have allowed 128 points, which is only 1 shy for the most allowed by any Defending Super Bowl Champion.
Furthermore, according to Elias, the Bills (3-1) are the first team besides the Patriots to have sole possession of first place in the AFC East in Week 4 or later since the Jets were alone atop the division through Week 6 in 2010.
“We’re four games in. Nobody knows what kind of team we’re going to be. It’s still early, but I do know we can play better than the way we’ve been playing,” Brady said on WEEI.
“To be 2-2, which is obviously very average in terms of the record, we have to play better in order to achieve a record that’s better than average. We have to all figure out the things we need to do better, the plays we need to make, and go out and execute like the coaches are teaching us to do it.”
A few other soundbites from Brady’s WEEI interview:
On offensive pass interference penalties: “They called it pretty tight on us yesterday. I watched the film a bunch of times and they got the calls. We didn’t get them. I don’t know what to say. I think [Rob Gronkowski] is doing what he’s got to do to get open, there was such minimal contact. It is what it is. We didn’t get it. We overcame that one. The one to Danny [Amendola] we didn’t overcome, he was trying to get across the guy’s face and the guy kind of contacts him and Danny is trying to shed him and run his route. I don’t know [if] they can do more than that. Some weeks you get those calls, some weeks you don’t. We just didn’t get them yesterday. Still, we’re not making any excuses. We didn’t get the job done offensively, defensively, special teams. We just have to collectively do a better job to win these games.”
More on penalties: “From previous, that crew has called much more penalties on us than the other team. We have to figure out how to play and tighten it up. If we don’t get the calls, we don’t get them. We still have to go out and play better than we played. It’s just about us doing our job better, all of us. We can. It’s not like that was the best game we can possibly play and we lost. I think we all know we can play better. If we play better, we’ll win. But it’s got to be done, just not talked about. That just brings more urgency to everything we’re doing — in the meetings, in the practice, in games, we can’t let up for one second. We have to keep pushing each other to be at our best, and hopefully over the course of the next three months we can rise to a much higher level than we are at right now.”
On a Thursday game next at Tampa: “I don’t know. I don’t mind it personally. If you win the game on Thursday, it actually can be a real positive because you get kind of the extended break. But you have to win the game. There is a lot of preparation that goes into it physically and mentally over the next Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. We’re already hitting it pretty hard. It’s really a matter of how you play. If you win, I think it’s a real positive. So hopefully we can go down to Tampa and beat a good football team.”