Tom Brady: ‘It just doesn’t magically come together’
|09.13.13 at 2:46 am ET|
FOXBORO — Tom Brady hasn’t often been through the kind of night he endured Thursday night and still won the game.
The 2011 AFC championship comes to mind. But this Patriots team is a long ways from that, and Brady knows it. The Patriots quarterback was 19-of-39 for just 185 yards and did throw a touchdown pass that extended his streak of games with a touchdown pass to 50. The Patriots beat the Jets, 13-10, in a game their quarterback was just 4-of-18 on third down conversions.
And Brady clearly was not on the same page with most of his receivers, including rookies Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins.
“I’m glad we won, but we just obviously have a lot of room for improvement,” Brady said. “We need to try to get back to work and see if we can do better next week.
“We have to evaluate and try to get it right. It just doesn’t magically come together. You have to work hard at it and you have to concentrate. All of us have to do a better job at that. The passing game is all about anticipation. They have to anticipate what I’m going to do and I have to anticipate what they’re going to do. We can do a better job of that. I think it’s unrealistic for them to feel like they can do it like 10-year veterans. It’s not what they are, but they’re trying hard and they work really hard and they have a lot of skill and they’re great kids. We’ve just got to keep battling.”
A very somber Brady was almost apologetic about his sideline bursts throughout the game.
“I think I have to do a better job with my body language,” Brady said. “I definitely can improve that. I wouldn’t say it’s a real strong point of mine right now. We’ll just try to keep doing better. That’s what we’ve got to do.
“I think everybody was [upset], when you don’t execute the way that you’re capable. We just have to keep fighting.”
His message to the young receiving corps?
“Well, we have a long way to go,” Brady said. “No one’s coming to rescue and save the day, so we’ve just got to fight through it and have got to work harder and do better and try to be more consistent. Hopefully we can score more points.
Brady’s brightest spot on the night was his connection with Julian Edelman, 13 catches on 18 targets.
“He did a great job,” Brady said. “He caught the ball, caught it in traffic. He really did a great job of really being dependable out there. Everyone is trying to do it; we’re all working at it. It just takes a little bit of time. I’m glad we won in a situation like this. It’s a good defense and they challenge you. We just didn’t execute as well as we are capable.”
Here is the rest of Brady’s post-game presser:
Q: You’re 36 years-old and you know how hard it is to get back. Is that something these guys have to experience on their own? You can’t tell them that?
TB: I think everybody has their own experience. Last year we were 1-2 and we ended up having a great season, so I’m glad we started out 2-0 with two wins in the division. I just want us to do a better job on offense and carry our end – and do the job that we’re supposed to be able to do. We just need to do it better – all of us.
Q: Can you take us through that first touchdown pass you threw on the opening drive?
TB: We were being pretty aggressive there in a short-yardage situation and AD [Aaron Dobson] slipped behind them and I just gave it to him. He did all the work; it wasn’t even a great throw. I’m glad we got on the board early and got a lead, played from ahead. That’s always important, especially when you get weather conditions. But we squandered some opportunities; had short fields and didn’t do anything with it. We just have to do a better job all the way around.
Q: Is this a hell of a challenge, walking in after a frustrating game?
TB: Yeah. We can learn from it, there’s no question. You learn from every game, win lose or draw, and I think we’re going to learn from this one. These games aren’t easy. It’s hard to win games and it’s hard to win against division opponents. Our defense played great, got us the ball and we did a good job protecting it for the most part. So we just keep fighting.
Q: Is it hard for a rookie receiver, as talented as they might be physically, to be comfortable and do their job without being comfortable from a mental point in your offense?
TB: We’re just all trying to get it right mentally, physically, the execution on game day, execution in practice. It just takes a lot of work. We’ve put a lot of work in, we’ve tried, but obviously we need to keep working. Like I said, it’s not going to be easy by any stretch. We just have to put the work in and see if we can make improvements.
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