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.