Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman lambasted the Pats and Tom Brady after Seattle pulled off an unlikely come-from-behind win on Sunday. Brady has opted to not directly engage the man Brady may not face for another four years.
“He’s a very good player and I have a lot of respect for that defense and certainly that secondary,” Brady told Jim Gray of Dial Global Sports, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “They play very well together. My dad taught me at a young age to play with class and respect and give my opponents respect, and certainly I have a lot of respect for the Seahawks.”
OK, so it was a little passive-aggressive. And it arguably was a little inaccurate, given that Brady has done his share of trash-talking in the past.
Brady was then asked about whether Sherman respected Brady the way Brady’s father taught Brady to respect others.
“My dad also told me to worry about the things that I can control and certainly not worry about the things that I can’t,” Brady said. “And I really don’t have feelings either way toward what someone may say or think. Really, what’s important is how I feel. We went out and we played a very good team on the road and had an opportunity to win there in the fourth quarter and just didn’t take advantage of it.”
Though Brady tiptoed around questions relating to Sherman, Brady offered a more substantive response on the allegation from Sherman that the Pats aren’t built for a “heavyweight fight.”
“We’re 3-3 so we’ve got 10 games to determine the fate of our season, and really it’s a matter of us getting better,” Brady said. “I don’t think anything’s decided here in the sixth week of the year, or how capable you are of winning big games. That’s to be determined in January and it’s only October, so we’re just going to keep trying to get better.”
He’s right about that one. Time and again, we’ve seen teams get better as the season progresses, with a team that gets hot in December and January ultimately running the table. As long as a team doesn’t play so poorly in September, October, and November to put itself in a hole from which it can’t dig out, it’s always better for a team to play its best football late.