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Brady’s not looking for excuses for problems in red zone

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn’t have much to say about yesterday’s loss to the Dolphins in the immediate aftermath.

But while his mood might not be much better, he had a few more words this morning.

During his weekly appearance on WEEI, Brady referred to the loss as “really one that we let kind of get away,” and lamented his missed chances throughout the game.

The lack of qualified receiving targets continues to be an issue (Brady’s final pass was headed for just-signed Austin Collie), but Brady didn’t want to dwell on that.

“The truth is we had plenty of chances anyway, so I don’t think any of those things really matter yesterday,” Brady said. “Is it great to have everyone healthy? Yeah, of course it is. But that didn’t matter yesterday. We had plenty of chances without those guys on the field. We just have to come up with ways to score more points, because it’s not going to cut it, 20 points.

“Like I said, we do things well enough at times to move the ball down the field, get ourselves in good position. But then we don’t do enough to make plays when we really need to make them.”

Not having tight end Rob Gronkowski is an obvious problem in the red zone, but the Patriots have others.

“We just all have to do a better job, because our margin of error is very slim,” he said. “We can’t make any mistakes or give them any opportunities. If we have plays that are there to be made, then I’ve got to throw it and hit it. We’ve got to come up with them.

“We’re not winning by 30 points. Every game comes down to the end. We’ve just got to do a better job when we have opportunities as a team in all three phases to make plays to help us secure wins.”

For many factors, the Patriots weren’t able to finish yesterday. And while having Brady is going to give them a chance every week, they’re rapidly running out of help on both sides of the ball.

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  1. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:24 AM

    Brady never makes excuses and always takes responsibility. Pats had their chances at the end and didn’t get it done.

    Congrats to the Fins great game.

  2. thepftpoet says: Dec 16, 2013 11:25 AM

    Brady’s ex backup Cassell overall is a better Quarterback at this point in career.

    Cassell’s stats yesterday:

    400 yards passing
    3 TDs

    Vikings also have a more talented team so…

    #FutureDynasty

  3. bigbenownsthenfl says: Dec 16, 2013 11:25 AM

    watching him implode at the presser was hysterical…#itsoverforbrady…

  4. bigbenownsthenfl says: Dec 16, 2013 11:25 AM

    watching him implode at the presser was hysterical…#itsoverforbrady

  5. AngryHumanoid says: Dec 16, 2013 11:28 AM

    As much as I can appreciate him not trying to pin it on the loss of any one player the fact is there are a lot of injured players and having all of them back would make them a better team in most aspects of the game.

    But they are injured and wishing for something doesn’t make it so, they need to play with the team they have and the simple reality is that they just need to play better if they want to make it to/in the playoffs.

  6. annes22 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:29 AM

    We don’t care about all his complaining. The Dolphins have players out as well, so why do the Patriots think they are the only team with injuries. It’s sickning keep listening to it. You got beat so get on with it. Next time don’t throw an interception.

  7. weepingjebus says: Dec 16, 2013 11:29 AM

    “If we have plays that are there to be made, then I’ve got to throw it and hit it.”

    10+ years in the league, 5 SB appearances, 3 wins, 2 SB MVPs, still blames himself for losses. Leadership you can’t teach.

  8. kissbillsrings says: Dec 16, 2013 11:30 AM

    yeah sure lot of key injuries but that’s part of the game…mental mistakes & lack of focus on some key plays caused the loss…pats need to get creative on their redzone offense if they want to be legit contenders in the post season….
    they could have been sitting in the drivers seat now they could end up a wild card…just amazing how things are playing out in the AFC this year & the NFC is pretty crazy as well!!!
    GO PATS!!!!

  9. ravenswhat says: Dec 16, 2013 11:31 AM

    They played Miami soft. They are scared of the ravens in January. Who wouldn’t rather play Miami when it counts in January??

  10. stealthjunk says: Dec 16, 2013 11:32 AM

    Considering Brady just threw an INT at the end of the game to the Dolphins’ 4th-string-safety-turned-6th-string-CB who signed on Tuesday, it’s hard to take all these Patriots fans’ injury excuses seriously.

  11. joetoronto says: Dec 16, 2013 11:36 AM

    “We just all have to do a better job, because our margin of error is very slim,” he said.

    He’s absolutely right, they have left him with almost nothing but hey, the profit margins look good.

  12. brazzz01 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:36 AM

    Brady referred to the loss as “really one that we let kind of get away,”

    “We’re not winning by 30 points. Every game comes down to the end. We’ve just got to do a better job when we have opportunities as a team in all three phases to make plays to help us secure wins.”

    He’s right, as usual. No point making excuses anyway. Gronk isn’t walking through that door. Neither is Hernandez. Neither is Wilfork, Mayo, and everyone else they lost.

    Time to nut up and start playing better. That is all.

  13. basexc9 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:38 AM

    The Dolphins were better than the Patriots

  14. flash1283 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:41 AM

    bigbenownsthenfl says: Dec 16, 2013 11:25 AM

    watching him implode at the presser was hysterical…#itsoverforbrady…

    “It’s over” The Patriots have lost 4 games this season and we have heard the same thing “it’s over”

  15. doctormantistoboggan says: Dec 16, 2013 11:43 AM

    to the surprise of no one, Brady threw a killer pick to lose the game for his team. #loser #whineyturd

  16. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 16, 2013 11:43 AM

    They drafted a guy named Aaron Dobson who was a big tall former basketball player and was supposed to be a red zone threat. He can’t get on the field, and he’s not a threat when he is. He’s still catching with his body so he can’t high point a ball.

    Case in point, that fade to Edelman at the end of the game is a play that they drafted Dobson to make, not 5’10″ Edelman. 11 is a beast but that throw isn’t his bread & butter.

    Get out there and earn your money, Dobson.

  17. dboldave says: Dec 16, 2013 11:44 AM

    You could argue that outside of the quarterback position and maybe running backs, that the Dolphins roster is more talented than the Patriots. Dolphins played well and made the plays they had to make.

    It was weird seeing Dolphins players crying after the win though. I mean, yeah, they are still in playoff contention but you would have thought they just won the SB with how they celebrated.

  18. 6ball says: Dec 16, 2013 11:45 AM

    .

    The fans and media should realize that all NFL players work hard during the week for that one game. And after some of these tough losses, the last thing they want to do is answer a bunch of trap questions from strangers. That’s true in any NFL city.

    However, Brady is correct in his assessment that great teams do not have to perform a high wire act each and every week. As the season has progressed, the Patriots have moved closer to the pack instead of separating from it. A duct tape and baling wire offense accompanied by a smoke and mirrors defense will only go so far.

    .

  19. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk says: Dec 16, 2013 11:45 AM

    Brady might not be making excuses, but craptriots nation is out in full force today. According to them there should be pass interference on every play that the craptriots have the ball.

  20. mattwalshvideo says: Dec 16, 2013 11:46 AM

    He so misses those spygate days when he knew exactly what the defense was going to do on every play.

    Watching the football gods pay these cheaters back every season since spygate is quite amusing.

  21. brazzz01 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:48 AM

    Brady’s ex backup Cassell overall is a better Quarterback at this point in career.

    Cassell’s stats yesterday:

    400 yards passing
    3 TDs

    ———-

    Kind of blows a gigantic hole in the Brady-systemQB-even-Cassell-won-11-games-Colts-won-2-without-Manning argument doesn’t it.

    Yup. It does.

    Cassell is a pretty good QB. Pro Bowler too.

  22. bigbenownsthenfl says: Dec 16, 2013 11:51 AM

    I like brady but even he cant will that bad team to victory. too many players hurt and no depth. it happens. I know we deal with it on a yearly basis in Pittsburgh. but for brady I think the time has come. start dealing with it patriot fans cause its real..

  23. flash1283 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:56 AM

    2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk says: Dec 16, 2013 11:45 AM

    Brady might not be making excuses, but craptriots nation is out in full force today. According to them there should be pass interference on every play that the craptriots have the ball.

    You know you’re a loser when you have created multiple screen/user names dedicated to a team you don’t like (jealous of) .

  24. ranesmith says: Dec 16, 2013 11:58 AM

    Funny when the pats get beat everybody talk about Brady.when Denver get beat nobody say nothing about Peyton.SMH..people need to check Brady post season stats and check Peyton’s post season.brady is much better qb.and Peyton had much better weapons then Brady.plus if you put Peyton on the pats now you think they would be 10-4 right now.

  25. akfinfan says: Dec 16, 2013 11:59 AM

    Brady may not be making excues but Pats fans are. Injuries here, injuries there, blah blah blah.

    Miami had just as many injuries and I haven’t heard people using it as an excuse this year in past losses. No Keller, No Gibson, No Incognito . No Martin, No Patterson, and on the final drive No Carroll & No Grimes. Miami’s Top 3 CBS are out and Brady still couldn’t get it done on the last drive…even without Gronk he was still throwing against practice squad guys.

    Again, Pats fans make more excuses than the Pats players……cry me a River

  26. flash1283 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:01 PM

    Watching the football gods pay these cheaters back every season since spygate is quite amusing.

    Not as “amusing” as some moron making a reference to “football gods”. I hope for your sake you are not over the age of 14!

  27. tedmurph says: Dec 16, 2013 12:04 PM

    @patskreig: Dobson is injured and was inactive for the game, has been the last three weeks. Try to keep up.

  28. golfsox78 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:06 PM

    Brady is better now than when they won Superbowls. Go back and look at the team season stats and his personal stats. After 2006 when they had zero receivers and then they went all out and got Moss and Welker. 2007 they went 16-0 and he broke all sorts of records. However, that was the year the Pats defense started to falter. They used to win with a good defense and with timely plays – See Ty Law and Bruschi. With some luck – See tuck rule and a good balanced offense that included a a good running game – see C. Dillon. As of right now, yes they lost Mayo, Wilfork and some offensive line men. But the defense for the last 4 years cannot get off the field on 3rd down. They lost yesterday because Miami converted on a 4th a 5 play.

    You need balance to win championships. Imagine if Peyton had the Ravens defense when he was in Indy? He’d have 4 rings…

  29. jjackwagon says: Dec 16, 2013 12:10 PM

    Love the Patriot fans blaming injuries like they are the only team that have any.

  30. favresthumbdrive says: Dec 16, 2013 12:11 PM

    You know, I’m quite a huge Vikings fan. But it’s plainly obvious that thepftpoet is either just a troll (which is likely) or is smoking the best weed since PeeWee Herman and Cheech sponsored that one cast party.

  31. RE LEE says: Dec 16, 2013 12:20 PM

    We lost. Brady as usual takes responsibility. As for the presser, he answered the questions briefly, pointedly, and honestly. What’s this Brady is a baby line you losers are bandying about? What qb will say they had sh–ty plays in front of the press. The shiet finally hit the fan and he told the press so. Beside, who would not rush home to a super model wife who makes you feel better after a tough day? You guys saying Brady is done have been saying it at the start of the season and also for years. He is still here getting under your skins.What would your sorry lives be if brady , indeed, retires? No reason to get up and get fired up in the morning….

  32. AngryHumanoid says: Dec 16, 2013 12:22 PM

    @akfinfan, instead of just guessing you should actually check the injury reports: no the Dolphins do NOT have as many injured players as the Patriots.

    Not that it means anything: the players that are active are the ones that matter, those are the players you have to win with.

    I’ve heard FAR more people claiming that Patriots fans are all whining about the injuries than ACTUAL Patriots fans whining about the injuries….

  33. patsfan92 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:23 PM

    congrats to the phins, you guys came to play. aside from the last drive, whyyyy does the defense come up short 99% of the time?! i mean geez louise

  34. listenup823 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:26 PM

    Choker

  35. igotgamenj says: Dec 16, 2013 12:32 PM

    Miami has the Dolphins
    The Greatest Football Team
    We take the ball from goal to goal
    Like no one’s ever seen
    We’re in the air, we’re on the ground
    We’re always in control
    And when you say Miami
    You’re talking Super Bowl

  36. thesaint257 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:38 PM

    Wait…
    So while Brady is taking responsibility and not making excuses

    Brady loses not just any guys to injury, jail, or free agency, but he loses major players on defense such as Mayo and Wilfork…

    On offense he has lost Hernandez(was a good TE), Gronk (One of the best TE’s in the game and best receiver), Welker, Branch, and Lloyd.
    His best offensive lineman in Volmer, and Soldier went out with a concussion again.

    All to be replaced by Edleman (who is ballin’) Amendola, Austin Collie (signed off the street), and he was missing for the last two weeks, even yesterday Aaron Dobson, and Kenbrell Thompkins, oh and Josh Boyce got hurt yesterday, and Brady almost won the game without any receivers,they are 10-4, currently in second place, and all of this with new rookie talent, and Brady is over? the pats are over?

    Dolphins played hard and won out, but you honestly want to play a pissed of Brady and Co. in December and January after everyone has written them off and they are the Second seed in the Afc?

    lol….yeah! ok. all of you who say NE is done, like you probably said last year, and the year before, youmake perfect sense !

  37. kingpel says: Dec 16, 2013 12:44 PM

    The Patriots are obsessed with getting those pass interference calls. Get open and you wont have to worry about contact.

  38. crappygovernment says: Dec 16, 2013 12:46 PM

    Tebow curse on NE! Shame on those shysters!

  39. jax9113 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:47 PM

    I’m tired of the narrative around this game being “the Patriots lost” instead of “the Dolphins won”. Miami played one of their best games this year and all anyone can talk about is the Pats’ injuries. Never mind that the Dolphins were also missing their top 3 CBs on the Pats 2 last drives, or that our star DT went out in the 1st. Stop talking about injuries because everyone has them.

  40. tigerlilac says: Dec 16, 2013 12:50 PM

    Is there something in the drinking water in South Florida? Talking trash about a guy that has owned the division for 10+ years. The only year Miami took the division was when Brady went on injured reserve in week one (and it still took a tiebreaker for the Dolphins to win the division). I love that Tom expects to win with whatever ten guys go out on the field with him . . . and he usually does.

  41. dolphanpete says: Dec 16, 2013 12:54 PM

    I don’t want to hear any excuses regarding injuries and players out. Miami was missing starting LT (Martin), starting left G (Incognito), starting WR (Gibson), starting TE (Keller), starting CB Patterson, starting DT Solia and lost Starting CB Grimes and Carroll during the game. The Dolphins won the game because they played with more heart, scored a TD with a minute to go in the game, and stopped brady from the 14 yard line on 4 consecutive plays. They were the better team on Sunday.

  42. metintodd says: Dec 16, 2013 12:57 PM

    I’ll lay the blame where it belongs, on TJ Ward of the Browns. I’ll be cursing that punk for the rest of my life for that illegal cheap shot he took at Gronk’s knee that effectively ended his season. Disgraceful hit.

  43. clelek05 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:01 PM

    As a Patriots fan, I would like to thank the Dolphins for handing us the first loss of the season that I can deal with.

    1st – Crazy rain vs. Cincy that spoiled the comeback bid
    2nd – Horrible personal foul call on 57 yard FG in OT vs. Jets
    3rd – The non-pass interference call vs. Carolina.

    Fins beat us fair and square. Good game for sure, but I certainly wouldn’t mind playing them again in the playoffs.

  44. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 16, 2013 1:06 PM

    Cleveland got screwed.

  45. securb2013 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:14 PM

    The bottomline is Brady over threw and under threw a bunch of passes yesterday. A lot of them happened in the red zone. This team is not going to the show this year and the window is shutting quickly. The Patriots are not going to get another Super Bowl “signing guys off the street”, unless Kraft is finally ready to start spending some money get ready for mediocrity NE fans.

  46. jimjets says: Dec 16, 2013 1:16 PM

    i think he may be the finest human being in the nfl, maybe even on the planet, right next to his head coach. i feel so bad he lost gronk, and now a game.

    keep your chin up tom, and go get ‘em next week!

  47. AngryHumanoid says: Dec 16, 2013 1:28 PM

    @metintodd: I miss Gronk as much as the next guy but it was a clean hit, it’s a sad byproduct of how much they are trying to prevent hits to the head. There are plenty of low hits every week that don’t end in injury, and sometimes there are low hits that do, it’s just bad luck.

  48. mainephinfan says: Dec 16, 2013 1:29 PM

    dboldave says: Dec 16, 2013 11:44 AM

    It was weird seeing Dolphins players crying after the win though. I mean, yeah, they are still in playoff contention but you would have thought they just won the SB with how they celebrated.
    ******************************************

    You didn’t see Dolphins players crying, you saw A Dolphin player crying. His name is Michael Thomas. He was a practice squad player for San Fran a week ago and had just made a game ending interception, so yeah, he was a little emotional.

  49. peymax1693 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:37 PM

    ranesmith says: Dec 16, 2013 11:58 AM

    Funny when the pats get beat everybody talk about Brady.when Denver get beat nobody say nothing about Peyton.SMH..people need to check Brady post season stats and check Peyton’s post season.brady is much better qb.and Peyton had much better weapons then Brady.plus if you put Peyton on the pats now you think they would be 10-4 right now.

    Umm, maybe you should go back to Friday’s posts and see for yourself whether “when Denver get beat nobody say nothing about Peyton.”
    I think I’m being conservative when I say 70% of the posts blasted Manning, with the most common critique being how Manning choked again.

  50. flash1283 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:37 PM

    securb2013 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:14 PM

    The bottomline is Brady over threw and under threw a bunch of passes yesterday. A lot of them happened in the red zone. This team is not going to the show this year and the window is shutting quickly. The Patriots are not going to get another Super Bowl “signing guys off the street”, unless Kraft is finally ready to start spending some money get ready for mediocrity NE fans.

    You gotta love overreaction Monday.

    A team is 10-4 the # 2 seed and “the window is shutting quickly”. so based on that, Denver isn’t going anywhere they just lost to a sub 500 team at home, Cinci just lost to a sub 500 team on the road when they had a chance at the # 2 spot.

    Sorry but the AFC is wide open.

  51. jpb12 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:47 PM

    Jim Rome had the line of the day:

    Brady and a bunch of Hobbits won’t go far in the playoffs.

    Can’t win without Welker, Hernandez, Gronk, Lloyd, Wilfork, Tommy Kelly, Mayo and Solder.

  52. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Dec 16, 2013 1:53 PM

    Meanwhile, Miami played without Dustin Keller, Dimitri Patterson, Brandon Gibson, Richie Incognito, Jonathan Martin, and lost Nolan Carroll, Paul Soliai, and Brent Grimes during the game.

    And they still won.

  53. bullcharger says: Dec 16, 2013 2:05 PM

    thepftpoet says:Dec 16, 2013 11:25 AM

    Brady’s ex backup Cassell overall is a better Quarterback at this point in career.

    Cassell’s stats yesterday:

    400 yards passing
    3 TDs

    Vikings also have a more talented team so…

    #FutureDynasty

    ———————

    Cassel is 3-2 as a starter there. Over 16 games that’s 9 wins. Great job Cassel.

    If Brady had AP I can only imagine what would happen to the league.

  54. AngryHumanoid says: Dec 16, 2013 2:11 PM

    I just counted, in the comments I see 3 Patriots fans complaining about injuries (4 if you count mine where I said “yes they’d be better if all their starters were healthy but it doesn’t matter, you play with the team you have”) and no less than 8 people saying different variations of “Dolphins have injuries too, why all the Patriots fans complaining about injuries?”

    Also there were at least 3 “Dolphins have plenty of injuries too!” complaints before I saw the first comment from a Patriots fan commenting on injuries.

  55. bullcharger says: Dec 16, 2013 2:11 PM

    PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says:Dec 16, 2013 1:53 PM

    Meanwhile, Miami played without Dustin Keller, Dimitri Patterson, Brandon Gibson, Richie Incognito, Jonathan Martin, and lost Nolan Carroll, Paul Soliai, and Brent Grimes during the game.

    And they still won.

    ————————-

    It wasn’t exactly a blowout… hanging on for dear life as Brady throws darts in the endzone doesn’t make them suddently the Super Bowl favorite.

  56. bullcharger says: Dec 16, 2013 2:15 PM

    jpb12 says:Dec 16, 2013 1:47 PM

    Jim Rome had the line of the day:

    Brady and a bunch of Hobbits won’t go far in the playoffs.

    Can’t win without Welker, Hernandez, Gronk, Lloyd, Wilfork, Tommy Kelly, Mayo and Solder.

    —————–

    Yet they have been winning all season and they came within a throw from winning the game yesterday against the other good team in the division that is hot at the moment on the road.

    They can’t dominate in any game it seems, but so far the 4 teams that beat them have had to take them to the very end to do it. It will be fun to watch at least. I don’t think any team would look forward to going to NE to play (except maybe the Ravens).

  57. tdonn says: Dec 16, 2013 2:18 PM

    You seriously want to compare the talent on NE’s IR list to anyone else’s in the league???

    That said, no excuse, NE played poorly, Dolphins played well..Dolphins win.

    As far as NE’s reign over the AFC East:

    10-4 > 7-7

  58. tdonn says: Dec 16, 2013 2:20 PM

    Opps….Sorry fins…. 8-6

  59. tigerlilac says: Dec 16, 2013 4:19 PM

    I happened to be in St. Louis this weekend on business (Saints fans and Beyonce fans everywhere). I expected their to be resentment of the Patriots and Tom Brady from the Patriots first SB win. I heard the exact opposite. The St. Louis fans respect the Patriots, especially Brady. My favorite story was the guy who is friends with Lawrence Maroney’s mother. According to him, “she loves Tom Brady and says Brady is the nicest guy of all of the players”.

  60. tigerlilac says: Dec 16, 2013 4:31 PM

    Michael Thomas is a great story. We Patriots fans have had plenty to cheer about so if we have to lose its fun to see it be to a guy with tears of joy for making a play that he will remember for the rest of his life.

  61. davidschap says: Dec 16, 2013 6:32 PM

    Lol. Someone said no Martin and no Incognito. Lol. Injuries were being talked about not dumbasses bullying there teammates.

  62. brazzz01 says: Dec 16, 2013 7:53 PM

    Miami has the Dolphins
    The Greatest Football Team
    We take the ball from goal to goal
    Like no one’s ever seen
    We’re in the air, we’re on the ground
    We’re always in control
    And when you say Miami
    You’re talking Super Bowl

    ———–

    That’s got nothing on New England, the Patriots and We….

  63. haminator says: Dec 16, 2013 11:30 PM

    Not a Brady fan (I respect him), but I sure can appreciate him not making excuses for their loss. Rather refreshing, actually.

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