Amazingly, the Patriots haven’t won a playoff game since losing Super Bowl XLII to the New York Giants. New England’s most recent postseason futility, at the hands of New York’s other team, is gonna leave a mark. On quarterback Tom Brady’s soul.
During his latest in-season Monday morning appearance on WEEI in Boston (the over/under on how much gets paid for that is $5,000 per week), Brady said, “I’ll never get over that loss.”
“That loss” came to the Jets, not long after the Patriots shredded the Jets on the same field.
“They can rush the passer, find ways to confuse you by rushing the passer or by their coverages,” Brady told The Dennis & Callahan Morning Show, via Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald. “We gave them a lot of credit when they won. We got to learn from that and understand what it takes to beat good teams.”
Brady also said he was “shocked” that he didn’t play in the Pats’ preseason opener against the Jaguars. “[Bill Belichick] told us early in the week that everyone should be ready to play, then he told us the night before that a lot of us weren’t playing,” Brady said. “That shocked us.”
As to the possibility of what would be a shocking release of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, it seems like Brady thinks Haynesworth will be sticking around. “Albert and I have had a lot of conversations and he’s a great player,” Brady said, possibly remembering well the preseason hit that Haynesworth applied to Brady a couple of years ago, which may or may not have caused a shoulder/rib injury that lingered into the regular season. “He’s looking forward to having a great season and getting out there.”
Brady was less positive about receiver Chad Ochocinco, explaining that Chad is undergoing a “crash course,” and that “[t]he way he’s played the game is quite a bit different from how we’ve played the game.” That said, and as we pointed out yesterday, the notion that Ochocinco could get cut is extremely far fetched, unless the Pats want to give him $4.75 million for a few weeks of practice.