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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Patriots’ Tom Brady not making excuses despite team’s inconsistent play

By on 12/17/2013 12:00:00 PM

New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, is not having his greatest statistical season this year but arguably is playing his best football of his career, leading his bunch of misfit rookies, Smurf slot receivers and conked out defense into the playoffs.

The Patriots are dealing with plenty of injuries on both sides of the ball and there is no question that Brady is the leader of this team on the field and in the locker room.

Brady spoke at length about his frustrations this year on his weekly Monday morning call with WEEI's Dennis & Callahan radio show, featuring my favorite radio personality, Kirk Minihane.

Brady spoke about the disappointing loss in Miami, telling D&C and Kirk:

That was really one that we let kind of get away.  We had a lot of great opportunities to win the game and win a division title and just came up short. It’s just frustrating all the way around. We got off to a better start than we got off to the previous, whatever, three or four weeks, and went in at halftime with the lead. It felt like we moved the ball pretty good all day, we just couldn’t get enough points on the board. We’ve got to try to figure out a way to get the ball in the end zone.

Brady refused to use injuries as an excuse for the Patriots' inability to score more points:

The truth is we had plenty of chances anyway, so I don’t think any of things really matter yesterday.  Is it great to have everyone healthy? Yeah, of course it is. But that didn’t matter yesterday. We had plenty of chances without those guys on the field. We just have to come up with ways to score more points, because it’s not going to cut it, 20 points.  Like I said, we do things well enough at times to move the ball down the field, get ourselves in good position. But then we don’t do enough to make plays when we really need to make them.  If we can score more points and make it tougher on the other team, it won’t always have to come down to a last-second play.  We’ve made plenty of them this year, which has been great. Yesterday we were right on the cusp there of doing it again. We just didn’t quite do enough.

One thing is certain; do not count the Patriots out of any game when Brady is under center.  The recipe for Super Bowl glory in 2013 has only one ingredient now, and that is Tom Brady.  With a broken defense and no Gronkowski, the pressure lies solely on his shoulders as it has most of the season.  Such is fitting for a man who seems to have all he could want.  Champions who have it all always want more for that is what makes them champions and most certainly, Brady wants one more chance at NFL immortality. 

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step and now it looks like the TB12 takes that step alone, with one set of footprints in the murky muck of the Meadowlands' swamp as he carries the organization on his back.

For the complete interview with Tom Brady on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan radio show, featuring Kirk Minihane, go to


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