Tom Brady on D&C: Regarding reports of hand injury, ‘For this time of year, I feel exceptional’
|10.28.13 at 8:28 am ET|
Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, a day after the Patriots’ 27-17 comeback victory over the Dolphins.
Brady completed 13-of-22 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown as New England scored 24 consecutive points in rallying from a 17-3 halftime deficit to avoid losing consecutive AFC East games.
“Our execution was better,” Brady said of the second-half surge. “We made some plays. We took advantage of some field position and turnovers. That was the difference. Obviously, we got off to a really slow start. But we’re never out of the game when we’ve got plenty of guys that can make plays, offensively and defensively. We played great on special teams. Steve [Gostkowski] made a really big field goal there in the third quarter.
“Things just kind of came together, we caught a few breaks. That’s what it took yesterday.”
Brady said the team was able to regroup at halftime by relying on the experience from the first six games of the season.
“Yesterday I think there was really an inner confidence with our team with what’s gone on over the course of the first half of the season,” he said. “We’ve dealt with some adversity, we’ve been in some really tough situations and found a way to dig ourselves out of it.
“It’s not always going to be perfect. It’s not always going to be 40-point leads going into the third quarter. You have to deal with the situation, whatever it is, try to go out and put the bad plays behind you and move forward. Try to figure out a way to make more good plays and ultimately put points on the board.”
There are reports that Brady is playing with an injury to his right hand. While he said he’s “never going to get into how I feel,” he brushed off any insinuation that an injury is the reason for his poor numbers this season.
“I feel great. For this time of year, I feel exceptional,” he said. “I don’t have anything that affects anything I’m doing out on the field. Whatever it is, our lack of play on our offense is more of a lack of execution than anything else. We’ll focus on that this week and try to go out there and try to get to 7-2. I know it hasn’t been perfect, and there’s a lot of things that we need to do better. But at the same time, we’re in a pretty good position in our division. We’ve just got to go out there and be able to try to see if we can make a lot of improvements here in the second half of the year.”
Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.
On winning ugly: “We’ve done that all year. The most important thing is winning, period. There’s different ways to do it. Probably over the first half of my career it was a lot of defensive football. We really weren’t great on offense. Situationally we were pretty good. We found ways to win when we needed to. Probably the second half of my career was a lot of offensive football, putting up a lot of points and yards. Defensively that wasn’t — I’d say our offense was our strength.
“Who knows what it’s going to be every year? Every year it ends up being a little bit different. Our defense is playing great football. Offensively, we can play a lot better. We’ve seen us in practice do things right. That’s the real positive, is that you know we’re capable of it, it just really hasn’t happened yet. And some point it’s going to. I’m real confident that at some point we’re offensively going to be the type of team that we think we can be. That will really complement the way our defense is playing. We can be the type of team that plays against the best teams and can compete against the best teams, and go out there and win tough games.”
On Rob Gronkowski: “He’s playing really hard. That was a great catch he made there for that touchdown that got called back. He’s a big part of our offense. Hopefully, we can keep finding ways to get him the ball — find a way to get everybody the ball. We’re not doing many great things offensively right now. We’ve got to do a lot better job.”
On his interception on the Patriots’ first series: “It was just a bad throw. I thought I had a little space and I threw it behind [Gronkowski]. The guy [Dolphins cornerback Dimitri Patterson] made a nice catch. Not the way you really want to start the game. It was just a bad play by me.”
On his plans for Halloween: “Both my boys are old enough to go trick-or-treating, so I think we’re definitely going to go out and do that this year. ‘¦ They’re still undecided [on their costumes]. I think we’re leaving it ’til the last minute. ‘¦ I usually kind of stay away from the door a little bit. That’s one of those things that you wish you could do it like I did it when I was a kid, and Halloween was a great holiday in my neighborhood growing up. But it will be fun for our kids. They’ll have a great time.”