Tom Brady still not feeling the pressure, even after ugly loss
|08.28.11 at 1:02 am ET|
The stat sheet was as ugly as the game was brutal for Tom Brady.
He was banged up and around the entire time he was out on the field during a 34-10 walloping at the hands of the Lions Saturday night at Ford Field in Detroit.
Brady was hit six times, hurried four times, sacked once and intercepted once. Several times through the game, TV cameras caught Brady on the sideline talking with receivers Wes Welker and Chad Ochocinco.
“Well it wasn’t our best game, obviously,” Brady said. “From the first series on, we just could never really get into a rhythm. It was a bad night all around. We don’t make excuses for it, it just wasn’t a good night. We didn’t play the way we need to play, missed open receivers and careless interception there. You’re not going to win games if you play like that. There’s only one way to get back, get out to practice and get back to work and try to improve the things we didn’t do very well and hopefully play better next week.”
As for all those hits and hurries, Brady wasn’t about to throw his offensive line under the bus, or Danny Woodhead – for that matter – either for failing to pick up a blitzer or rusher.
“I think we were trying to get the ball down the field a little bit so you’re going to hold it,” Brady said. “They have a good pass rush. We held up out there for a decent amount of time. I have to do a better job of making quicker decisions and getting rid of the football and getting it to the guys who can do something with it.”
Is this the ultimate teaching lesson for Brady, Belichick and the Pats?
“I don’t necessarily think losing games and playing poorly ever helps,” Brady said. “I think we have to understand like every week, when you play well there are things you need to do better and when you lose, there are things you need to do better.”
In the end, Brady attempted philosophical perspective when looking at a very ugly preseason loss.
“You don’t want to ride the wave of emotions of, ‘Oh, you’re great and we suck, and we’re great we suck.’ We’re confident as a team. We just have to go play better,” Brady said. “That’s up to each of us individually and coach always says, ‘do your job.’ and he means it. When I’m the starting quarterback, and he says do your job, I have to do it very well. That what he expects of me and what I expect of myself. We’re going to go out there [Thursday] and try to do a lot better job.”
He’ll get one more preseason shot this Thursday against the Giants to get ready to do his job, starting Sept. 12 in Miami.