Though Patriots quarterback Tom Brady still has not called out any specific players or units by name, it’s becoming increasingly clear that he’s frustrated with the collective efforts of the 52 men who are his teammates in 2010.
A day after taking general aim at the rest of the team in the wake of a surprising loss to the Dolphins, Brady elaborated during a weekly radio spot on WEEI in Boston.
Here’s what he said, via NFL.com.
“I’ve been here 10 years, and I’ve seen a lot of players and teams. It starts on Monday in our preparation. It starts on Wednesday through
five hours of meetings and walk-[throughs] that we do, and practice [and]
film study. I think when it gets hard, that’s when you have to dig
deep. At times, we do that. And other times, it doesn’t show up.
“We’ve all got to do a better job of that. We’ve all got to put more
work in and put more time in and put more commitment into each other.
It’s a different team. We have a lot of new players. We’re trying, over
the course of the season, learn each other and learn things we do well
and things we don’t do so well. And that takes a lot of commitment. I
have a lot of confidence in our team, and I have a lot of confidence
that we do play tough, and we do play physical, and we do play smart . . .
I just don’t think — as coach would say, and he says this to us all the
time — we don’t do it on a consistent basis.”
Though Brady uses “we,” which necessarily includes himself within the scope of his concerns, it’s unlikely that he’s among the players who in his view are failing to put in enough time and show sufficient commitment.
So why is he continuing to publicly bang this drum? Our semi-educated guess, after watching how he has conducted himself over the past ten years, remains that he has tried to get through to his teammates via less obvious means, and that nothing he has said behind closed doors has done the trick.
It remains to be seen whether his latest approach makes a difference.