Tom Brady on D&C: ‘Nobody to blame but ourselves’
|10.21.13 at 9:43 am ET|
Tom Brady made his weekly Patriots Monday appearance on Dennis & Callahan to talk about Sunday’s overtime loss to the Jets.
The game ended on an overtime field goal from Jets kicker Nick Folk, who was given a second chance after a penalty on Patriots defensive lineman Chris Jones for pushing a teammate into the line. The rule is new this year, but Brady said the team was aware of it.
“Yeah, I did know the rule. I didn’t obviously see the play or see what they called. I still really haven’t seen the replay,” Brady said. “But it really shouldn’t have come down to that. We had plenty of other opportunities in the game to score points and really widen the gap that we had on them at halftime. We sputtered in the third quarter and fought back in the fourth quarter and had some chances at the end, got the ball to start overtime. So, there’s nobody to blame but ourselves.
“It’s a frustrating day. It’s a frustrating day losing. But hopefully we can learn from it and be a lot better this week.”
Added Brady: “It was just one of those plays that was just unfortunate to happen. Chris has been playing his butt off all year. He never intended for something like that to happen. Look, it shouldn’t even have come down to that. We on offense should have scored a lot more points and played a lot better. If we do that, it doesn’t come down to a play like that.”
The Patriots were leading 21-10 at the half but were outscored 17-0 in the third quarter, including a pass Brady threw that was intercepted and run back 23 yards for a Jets touchdown.
“There’s not really one thing. It’s just a lack of overall execution in the run game and the pass game,” Brady said. “You can’t go through quarters and do that. You have to be consistent, and we have to play consistently throughout the game. Because if you have quarters where you don’t really produce anything on offense, you really leave the defense out to dry.
“With the three-and-outs that we had, and certainly the interception returned for a touchdown, and the three-and-out following that, and the three-and-out following that — you really need to be perfect after that. We were trying, we just didn’t make enough plays to overcome what our difficulties were there in the third quarter.”
The Patriots’ offensive struggles were best summed up by their third-down conversion rate of 8 percent (1-for-12).
“We’re not overcoming the negative plays that we’re making,” Brady said. “We’re putting ourselves in too many third-and-longs, and then obviously not doing anything on third down is forcing us to be of the field and not really able to establish a balance in the run game and the pass game.
“We’ve got to be better on third down. We’ve got to be able to complete passes on third down. That’s the name of the game. It’s time of possession. The time of possession was out of control yesterday — 23 minutes to 46 minutes, you’re going to have a hard time winning.”
Added Brady: “It’s just kind of the way it’s been for us all season. We do positive things, and then we don’t do enough good things to overcome our inconsistencies. Like I said, there’s nobody to blame but ourselves. I give the Jets credit for playing a good defensive game. And like I said, there’s no lack of effort, but there’s just really a lack of execution. That’s something that we have to figure out, how to execute better, especially under pressure, and then go out there and do it.”
Despite the loss, the Patriots remain in first place in the AFC East, and Brady said there are reasons to be optimistic.
“We’re 5-2, we’re in a decent position,” he said. “Our whole season’s ahead of us. What we make of our season is still ahead of us. We’re in these games, we’re in it ’til the end, we’ve got chance to win them. It’s not like we’re getting blown out 40-0. We have plenty of opportunities to win. We’ve just got to do it when the game’s on the line, we’ve got to do more to help our defense out.
“It’s easier said than done. We’ve got to get to work and we’ve got to start doing a better job.”
On his struggles this season: “I’m working hard to be as consistent as I can be. Certainly, things aren’t perfect out there, and I’ve got to do better. When you’re 5-2 and you struggle on offense, obviously I’m not doing a good enough job. I’m going to try to get it done. I’m going to try to go out there and play the best I can, work harder than I’ve worked all season to go out there and try to do that. Whatever extra I need to do, that’s what I’m prepared to do. Nobody feels worse about the loss than me. Losing sucks, and especially to the Jets. I’m going to go out there and try to have my best week this week.”
On tight end Rob Gronkowski, who played his first game of the season and finished with eight receptions for a game-high 114 yards: “He played his butt off. Being that it was his first game back, it was pretty good for him to go out there and have the effort that he did. It was really a credit to him and all the work that he’s put in over the course of the whole rehab.”
On the third-quarter pick-six by Antonio Allen on a pass intended for Gronkowski: “I shouldn’t have thrown the ball. [Gronkowski] was running a crossing route. [Allen] cut in front of the ball. There wasn’t much space to throw it, and I threw it anyway and he made a good play. It was one-on-one coverage. I’m giving Gronk a chance, and I just made a bad decision. Those plays, you just can’t make in an NFL game. Those are the plays that get you beat.”
On his injured hand: “I’m like everybody, there’s just bumps and bruises. It happens over the course of the football season. We’ll just get treatment like always. I’ll be out there and try to go out and execute as well as I can next week. It’s just part of football.”