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

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.

50 responses to “Tom Brady blames himself, not new receivers, for offensive woes

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.
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    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.

  9. 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.
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    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.

  10. “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’ . . . . .

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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    Did you watch those Super Bowl victories?

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. Cassell comes in and doesn’t miss a beat
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    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.

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

  21. 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!!!

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

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

  23. 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.

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