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Tom Brady blames himself, not new receivers, for offensive woes

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up on the field before facing the New York Jets in their NFL AFC East football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts Reuters

The Patriots are 3-0, but they’re winning more with defense and special teams than with the offense, which ranks 17th in the NFL in yards and 22nd in the NFL in points. But Tom Brady says that’s not the fault of the team’s new receiving corps.

Instead, Brady says he needs to look in the mirror. Asked about receiver struggling in the red zone, Brady said that what he’s upset about from Sunday’s game is that he threw a terrible interception right after missing an open receiver.

“I think throwing an interception right to a strong safety last week doesn’t help,” Brady said. “Especially two plays before, I had a wide open guy. I think plays like that are more the problem. I have to a good job finding the open guys, guys that are running free and then hit them. That will help our red zone offense more than anything.”

Brady says his own play needs to improve for the Patriots to score more.

“We’ve definitely left some points on the board, just poor execution,” Brady said. “I’ve been one of the main culprits. Hopefully I try to improve that. You have to get down there and score points. Especially when you play good teams, you can’t leave points out there. Like last week, we had a great opportunity for seven points. Not only did we not get seven, we didn’t get any. You have to be able to capitalize on scoring opportunities.”

It’s nice of Brady not to throw his teammates under the bus. But it’s probably safe to say that when Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola are healthy, Brady is going to look a lot better.

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50 Responses to “Tom Brady blames himself, not new receivers, for offensive woes”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 26, 2013 10:02 AM

    Zero Superbowls since Spygate. #Cheater

  2. chief67 says: Sep 26, 2013 10:08 AM

    Sure looked like he was blaming the receivers in the Jets game on sidelines !

  3. sunnyd89 says: Sep 26, 2013 10:09 AM

    Stand up Guy

  4. ma5terbla5t3r says: Sep 26, 2013 10:09 AM

    Brady is done.

  5. 50brady23moss says: Sep 26, 2013 10:13 AM

    It’s ok Tommy, we know you cant throw it and catch it yourself ;-)

  6. Patskrieg dot com says: Sep 26, 2013 10:15 AM

    Anyone watching the games knows it’s a shared mix of Brady making a handful of bad decisions and the receivers making a handful of mistakes in route running and assignments.

    And anyone who followed the Ravens season last year knows that the way your offense looks in September doesn’t determine your entire season.

  7. honkeyt says: Sep 26, 2013 10:15 AM

    You see what happens to great QBs when they lack weapons. Any of them can look medicore. The love fest Gruden was giving Manning on MNF was almost sickening. You take away the two probowl receivers on the outside and the greatest slot receiver to ever play and you will either get the grief Brady is getting or you would get “What’s wrong with Manning”. Denver is loaded, it isn’t all Manning.

  8. 23rdusernameused says: Sep 26, 2013 10:21 AM

    Professional

  9. wearethesteelers says: Sep 26, 2013 10:23 AM

    Twenty-five starting quarterbacks in this league without a ring. We take time to laugh at them.

  10. thesteelskirt says: Sep 26, 2013 10:32 AM

    When Brady did it with Patton and Givens it was “what an amazing QB making everyone look great”. A few years later Cassell comes in and doesn’t miss a beat and it is the system that works in NE, now we are back to the wideouts being the key? Make up your minds Pat fans!

  11. southpaw2k says: Sep 26, 2013 10:35 AM

    The Patriots’ next three games, starting this weekend, are at Atlanta, at Cincinnati, and home against New Orleans. I expect them to lose all three games, even if Gronkowski and/or Amendola do return.

  12. dino2997 says: Sep 26, 2013 10:41 AM

    Obviously Brady trying to cover up for his poor behavior earlier in the season. Too late!

  13. terripet says: Sep 26, 2013 10:42 AM

    You should, Brady you are all done, the only reason the pats won superbowls is because they had a great defense, It’s not because of you.

  14. scaredhitless says: Sep 26, 2013 10:46 AM

    Behind closed doors Gisele isn’t blaming Tom.

  15. dcpatfan says: Sep 26, 2013 11:02 AM

    Meanwhile….peyton continues to whine about phillys preparation time.

  16. officialgame says: Sep 26, 2013 11:04 AM

    Liar.

  17. azarkhan says: Sep 26, 2013 11:08 AM

    Brady has 100 more wins than losses, more than any other QB in history (Peyton Manning is second at +86). Brady = class act and greatest QB ever.

  18. raiderlyfe510 says: Sep 26, 2013 11:12 AM

    There is no apologies needed for a 3-0 record. A wise man once said, It’s doesn’t matter that you play good. Its matters that you WIN. Just win, baby.

    Another wise man said. Winning isnt everything….Winning is the only thing that matters.

  19. thepowerhourwestga says: Sep 26, 2013 11:22 AM

    Funny folks saying no superbowl since spygate, must have forgotten to watch the games. Asante Samuel missed INT in 2007 to end game, Welker dropped pass 2012.

  20. all4patriots says: Sep 26, 2013 11:38 AM

    blah, blah…. didn’t miss a beat with Cassel…blah, blah

    Cassel’s season in 2008 was built on being 8-0 vs. losing teams and 3-5 vs winning teams. Thus he took a team coming off 16-0, rode a much weaker schedule to 11-5, relying a lot on close wins vs. bad teams. It was not sustainable and they did miss Brady, a lot.

  21. mezanine10 says: Sep 26, 2013 11:46 AM

    Who cares Tom. What we all want to know is, where is the ‘leaked’ sex video of you and Giselle?

  22. thesteelskirt says: Sep 26, 2013 12:55 PM

    I for one cannot wait until terrific tom is gone and NE begins their long deserving suffering of being the basement dweller in the afc least.

  23. uscoach says: Sep 26, 2013 12:58 PM

    Brady is consistent. He gets on his receiver’s case and he gets on his own case. That is why he is good.

  24. williamshatnerstoupee says: Sep 26, 2013 12:59 PM

    I am looking forward to Brady’s next sideline meltdown. Nobody does it like Tom.

  25. terripet says: Sep 26, 2013 1:08 PM

    Brady is not consistent look at his stats he is below average. Tom is all done face it Pats fans.

  26. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 26, 2013 1:09 PM

    Well during the jets game, it sure look like he was yelling and swearing at his young WRs. A little PR attempt to repair damage to Brady’s reputation?

  27. denverwally says: Sep 26, 2013 1:15 PM

    thesteelskirt says:Sep 26, 2013 12:55 PM

    I for one cannot wait until terrific tom is gone and NE begins their long deserving suffering of being the basement dweller in the afc least.
    ===============================

    Just checked the standings. I guess you want some company in that basement, Steeler fan. And you didn’t even have to wait for your “franchise QB” to retire, you are cellar dwelling right now.

    Nice job Mr. Glass house.

  28. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 26, 2013 1:15 PM

    This might just be the smartest thing he’s ever said.

  29. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 26, 2013 1:20 PM

    thesteelskirt says:

    I for one cannot wait until terrific tom is gone and NE begins their long deserving suffering of being the basement dweller in the afc least.
    ______________________

    Yes misery loves company since we all know where the Steelers are this year. I can see how you’d want the Pats to join them there.

    You’re also making the assumption that the Pats are automatically not going to find a good QB to replace Brady with when he finally retires. No one will know the answer to that until the time comes. And won’t you want to jump off a bridge if the Pats do get a good replacement for him lol.

  30. tootitan says: Sep 26, 2013 1:23 PM

    “Left points on the board”. It pisses me off when these guys have been speaking thoughtlessly and/or in cliches for so long that they don’t come close to saying what they actually mean.

    When you get down to it Tom, isn’t leaving points on the board your ultimate goal in each game? I think the expression you were looking for (not that it’s a great one either) is” “left points on the FIELD.”

    I’m just sayin’ . . . . .

  31. ampats says: Sep 26, 2013 1:35 PM

    steelskirt says,

    I for one cannot wait until terrific tom is gone and NE begins their long deserving suffering of being the basement dweller in the afc least.

    How is the wait going because as of today the Patriots are 3-0 while the 0 -3 Steelers are in the basement behind the Browns in afcn and are on track with the Jaguars for the first pick in the NFL draft ? As a Steelers fan you should remain silent until your team becomes relevant again sometime around 2018

  32. cookenbauer says: Sep 26, 2013 1:40 PM

    One thing is for sure…PFT is FULL of Pats/Brady homers. Don’t get me wrong…Brady is one of my top 5 QB’s of all time…but I swear, if you even put him in any negative light here…everyone gives thumbs down. Calm down NE’ers.

  33. ma5terbla5t3r says: Sep 26, 2013 1:50 PM

    Brady has no game without his trusty PEDs.

  34. forsbergler says: Sep 26, 2013 2:08 PM

    ^ Top 5 dink and dunkers of all time maybe

  35. scrp2 says: Sep 26, 2013 2:09 PM

    At 0 – 3 the redskins are more upbeat than this depressing group.

  36. williamshatnerstoupee says: Sep 26, 2013 2:10 PM

    Don’t mention Peyton Manning around Patriot fans. The tears flow like water.

  37. fpstratton says: Sep 26, 2013 2:12 PM

    All this hate spewed out at Tom Brady is simply ridiculous. I, for one, feel that his skills have eroded since that unbelievable 18-1 season, but it shows leadership and class for him to step up and take responsibility. Oh, by the way, the Patriots are 3-0 with their offensive basically stinking it up. The rest of the NFL should be worried.

  38. fpstratton says: Sep 26, 2013 2:14 PM

    You should, Brady you are all done, the only reason the pats won superbowls is because they had a great defense, It’s not because of you.

    ———————————

    Did you watch those Super Bowl victories?

  39. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 26, 2013 2:17 PM

    I still think he needs to retrain his QB brain and get smarter at making decisions and I think Belichick is a distraction and not helping him find mental focus that a good Head Coach would be facilitating. If they just want to wing it, then they won’t be able to go all the way. They need to figure out how to improve in any area they can, and QB is an available place to score more points right now. I can’t wait to see how the rest of this year goes, Brady’s play this year is one of the most interesting stories to track.

  40. azarkhan says: Sep 26, 2013 2:39 PM

    williamshatnerstoupee says: Don’t mention Peyton Manning around Patriot fans. The tears flow like water.

    The tears are from laughing at Peyton’s pathetic playoff record.

  41. thinkarez says: Sep 26, 2013 2:45 PM

    the truth shows bellicheck isn’t a genius just riding tom Brady’s coat tails now he screwed the team by not getting along with welker sorry pat fans

  42. thewigglr says: Sep 26, 2013 2:48 PM

    Sep 26, 2013 10:32 AM
    When Brady did it with Patton and Givens it was “what an amazing QB making everyone look great”. A few years later Cassell comes in and doesn’t miss a beat and it is the system that works in NE, now we are back to the wideouts being the key? Make up your minds Pat fans!

    Yeah Randy Moss and Wes Welker had nothing to do with Cassel’s success.

  43. rc33 says: Sep 26, 2013 3:05 PM

    Cassell comes in and doesn’t miss a beat
    ———————————-
    Five more losses, 1600 fewer passing yards, a QB rating 30+ points lower and 29….29!!….fewer TD passes than the year before.
    But they didn’t miss a beat.
    Solid observation.

  44. sschmiggles says: Sep 26, 2013 3:16 PM

    A few years later Cassell comes in and doesn’t miss a beat and it is the system that works in NE
    _____________________________

    Brady with Moss and Welker: 50 TDs, 8 INTs
    Cassel with Moss and Welker: 21 TDs, 11 INTs

    No Pats on earth has ever argued that it was “the system” that allowd Cassel to be successful.

    Cassel had success here because he was surrounded by great players and great coaching. We also had a good defense that year and the Pats played excellent small ball.

    As for the other guy who said we played a weak schedule, just remember most of the losses the Pats had to good teams were very close (they barely lost to the Colts with Manning that year). Only team that really got us was the Steelers

  45. pukinbuzzard says: Sep 26, 2013 3:27 PM

    Petyon is such a whiney looking guy, I guess he’s done fairly well but he loses a lot of playoff games and afterall isn’t that why they play???
    Brady has been very lucky in football and life, but I’d take his luck and money oh and his boo ain’t too shabby either!!!

  46. fanofevilempire says: Sep 26, 2013 3:33 PM

    Brady is a drama queen.

  47. jollyjoker2 says: Sep 26, 2013 5:05 PM

    Look at me – I have been out of the news for a week!

  48. williamshatnerstoupee says: Sep 26, 2013 5:38 PM

    “The tears are from laughing at Peyton’s pathetic playoff record”

    No, Patriot fans don’t like any QB getting more attention than Tom.

  49. gmsingh says: Sep 27, 2013 7:18 AM

    That’s big of Brady to say so. But without Welker or Gronk to throw to, he’s completely wrong and sounds stupid. Patriots, Steelers, Packers–screwed by their front offices. Brady will figure it out eventually.

  50. ma5terbla5t3r says: Sep 27, 2013 10:34 AM

    Gmsingh –

    How the Packers’ front office mess them up exactly?

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