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Tom Brady: We had plenty there yesterday

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick had plenty to say about the early collision between former Patriots receiver Wes Welker and current Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib in the first quarter of Sunday’s 26-16 Broncos win.

Belichick castigated Welker for laying out Talib, but quarterback Tom Brady wasn’t willing to vilify his former teammate on Monday. Brady said he “didn’t really see the play” and hasn’t watched any replays since the contest, but Brady did have a bit more to say when asked if he might like to have a big-play receiver on the outside of the offense.

Brady certainly sounds open to the idea, but was careful not to say anything negative about Julian Edelman, Austin Collie or Danny Amendola while pointing out that the Patriots missed chances to do more on offense.

“Yeah, I had Randy Moss and he was pretty good at that,” Brady said on WEEI, via the Boston Herald. “Those are really unique players and we have a very good skill set of receivers in Julian, Austin played yesterday, Danny played his heart out. We had plenty there yesterday, we just couldn’t do enough early in the game to put pressure on the team to play from behind. And we got behind and it was just too much to dig ourselves out of a hole. I’m proud of the way we fought. Our guys played with a lot of toughness and a lot of resiliency. All the way up to the end we fought. That’s really the mark of coach Belichick and what he talks about.”

Two of the biggest misses came when Brady couldn’t find the range on deep throws to Edelman and Collie, with the Edelman miss possibly costing the Patriots six points in the first half because the receiver was behind the Denver defense.

The Patriots offense certainly missed the dimension that Moss brought to the team years ago, to say nothing of what Rob Gronkowski did when healthy and what Aaron Hernandez did before he was a guest of the state. As much as players like that would help, failure to execute across the offense was a bigger issue in Sunday’s loss because, as Brady said, there were opportunities for the Patriots to change the way things played out on the field.

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42 Responses to “Tom Brady: We had plenty there yesterday”
  1. bostonian13 says: Jan 20, 2014 11:05 AM

    I’m already looking forward to the bashing, negative comments, Manning is better, Brady hasn’t won since spygate, blah blah, all those comments.

    Brady needs weapons so he can be more confident in his deep throws, we’ve seen what he’s done with Moss and Gronk deep.

    Still, there’s no other quarterback I’d want on my team than this guy.

  2. terripet says: Jan 20, 2014 11:09 AM

    Tom time to retire, you can’t throw the deep ball anymore. Teams that take away your 5 yard passes will always beat you. oh and by the way Manning is the best qb.

  3. cajunaise says: Jan 20, 2014 11:11 AM

    Wait…there’s nothing in here about Richard Sherman?

  4. ttommytom says: Jan 20, 2014 11:13 AM

    The elephant in the room: FIVE white receivers between both teams.

    D. Thomas being the 6th of the top 6 recievers and fwiw not a deep threat unless jump balls count.

    I can’t be the only one noticing this…

  5. fanofevilempire says: Jan 20, 2014 11:16 AM

    Brady is getting bashed in Boston which is ridiculous because I would take his career
    over Manning’s anytime.
    I’m not a Brady fan but he is real good.

  6. turtlefox1 says: Jan 20, 2014 11:16 AM

    Was Brady still sick from earlier this week? Sure looked that way to me.

  7. azarkhan says: Jan 20, 2014 11:17 AM

    I think it is safe to say that signing Amendola to replace Wes Welker was a major mistake. Since Danny was pretty worthless all season, how about cutting him and using any savings to resign Edelman? And let’s hope that the next time the Patriots sign a free agent wideout, he’ll be over 6 ft tall.

  8. fatguystrangler says: Jan 20, 2014 11:20 AM

    But Brady didn’t win a Super Bowl with Moss. He won his with guys like Troy Brown, David Patten, David Givens, and Deion Branch. Not exactly on the Pantheon of WR’s. Oh, and a stacked defense led by Crennel. I respect Brady’s play, but just saying.

  9. mickton says: Jan 20, 2014 11:21 AM

    Typical bellicheck crying foul when a team does to them just like the pats do every week of the season to other teams

  10. flash1283 says: Jan 20, 2014 11:24 AM

    terripet says:
    Jan 20, 2014 11:09 AM
    Tom time to retire, you can’t throw the deep ball anymore. Teams that take away your 5 yard passes will always beat you. oh and by the way Manning is the best qb.


    Yes Brady threw for over 4500 yards this season all by throwing 5 yard passes.

  11. markwri says: Jan 20, 2014 11:27 AM

    Brady was throwing a go route to the special teams captain. Enough said about his WRs, they do not have the talent to go up and get the ball. Maybe when healthy, the rookies can do that next year.

    BTW Brady had a terrible game.

  12. steelcurtainn says: Jan 20, 2014 11:35 AM

    Its great watching Brady go out a loser towards the end of his career. His time in the league is dwindling. Manning got the best of him yesterday.

  13. tigerlilac says: Jan 20, 2014 11:42 AM

    Only two QBs with two or more postseason playoff games this year had no turnovers (interceptions/lost fumbles)–Rivers and Brady. Bray kept the Pats in the game. Brady missed one deep ball to a wide open Edelman yesterday but he still got them into field goal range on that drive before a offensive pass interference call set them way back. The Collie miss was when they needed to go 50 yards to get into field goal territory after getting the ball with 0:25 to go in the half. On every other deep ball the receiver was covered. It was a foolish game plan to throw deep early. The Broncos (especially at the line of scrimmage) and Manning won more than Brady lost.

  14. hehateme2 says: Jan 20, 2014 11:43 AM

    Brady is in steep decline. Get ready for more of the same from him….***

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 20, 2014 11:45 AM

    Brady had a poor game yesterday, it happens. Pats are still one of the 4 best teams in the league and succeeded in giving Pats fans a lot of entertainment this year.

    Hopefully Belichick gets a stud wideout and a pass rusher in the offseason

  16. apkyletexas says: Jan 20, 2014 11:47 AM

    I thought Brady looked old, slow, weak-armed, and inaccurate.

    Especially compared to the guy on the other sideline.

    Maybe it’s getting near the end for the old fellow.

  17. packhawk04 says: Jan 20, 2014 11:48 AM

    There WAS plenty there yestersay, and brady missed it. Overthrows, underthrows, he had an off game.

  18. atepper001 says: Jan 20, 2014 11:49 AM

    so even brady is now admitting he road the coat tails of the best deep threat, the best underneath wr in the game, the best game planning system and the most time to throw of any qb in history? he’s great, smart, and one hell of a QB but, he has always been put in a great position to succeed and when all the pieces aren’t there, he just isn’t in the elway, montana mode of carrying a team on his back.

  19. floridascuba1 says: Jan 20, 2014 11:54 AM

    Brady has always been bailed out. He is over-rated. WR always had to adjust for catches. He isn’t accurate.

  20. weepingjebus says: Jan 20, 2014 12:00 PM

    Eh, Manning had some hideous passes too, like that wobbly duck into double coverage that should have been picked off, and that overthrow in the end zone. Patriots got away from what had gotten them this far in the playoffs in the first place, and it bit them. But at least Manning’s master plan of being the league’s best mercenary seems to be paying off.

  21. tigerlilac says: Jan 20, 2014 12:02 PM

    The truth is Brady is underrated. You have to be biased or ignorant to not understand that fact.

  22. flash1283 says: Jan 20, 2014 12:07 PM

    floridascuba1 says: Jan 20, 2014 11:54 AM

    Brady has always been bailed out. He is over-rated. WR always had to adjust for catches. He isn’t accurate.

    Can we stop with “over rated” you just sound stupid!

    He is currently 11th all time in comp% (63.4%) , 2 spots above Montana.

  23. the8man says: Jan 20, 2014 12:08 PM

    Brady is a great QB. Yesterday, another great QB and his team, playing at home, were simply better.

    Someone wins and someone loses. And yesterday, the superior team got the win. It’s really that simple. Let’s not overanalyze it.

    Go Patriots! Go Bruins! Go Sox! Go Green!

  24. govtminion says: Jan 20, 2014 12:09 PM

    He looked bad yesterday- some of those throws were just rotten. With the word of the ligament damage in his hand earlier in the season, I can’t help but wonder if that’s still bothering him- it would explain the lack of control over the long passes, something he always has been pretty good at otherwise.

    It wasn’t the right time to have a dud game like that, obviously, but I can’t see any reason why he can’t come back at his usual high level next season. I don’t like the guy, but one bad game doesn’t make it time to retire.

  25. coltsreign says: Jan 20, 2014 12:11 PM

    The run game that was present in the divisional round wasnt there for the championship.
    Seems New England can only win at home since they have guns on site ( minutemen anyone). But point being is that you didnt set up the run game.

  26. craigkintexas says: Jan 20, 2014 12:12 PM

    “On any given Sunday” one QB will out perform the other. I’m not a Brady fan by any stretch of the imagination, but he was just off. I promise if Brady was a free agent 31 teams would be putting their money up for him.

  27. 6ball says: Jan 20, 2014 12:13 PM

    .

    No team can predict which players won’t be there at the end. The Patriots began the summer thinking that both Gronkowski and Hernandez would be available to take some of the pressure off the rookies /new guys. Obviously that never materialized and left the receiving corps thin, short and wounded.

    However, Patriots fans can take solace in the fact that no team wins every year and the team has had an unprecedented run during the salary cap era. It should also be noted that while losing in the playoffs is disappointing, the combined record of yesterday’s teams was 50-14. Both New England and San Francisco lost to top notch competition.

    Every Patriots game since 2001 has had playoff implications.

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    .

  28. peymax1693 says: Jan 20, 2014 12:13 PM

    flash1283 says: Jan 20, 2014 11:24 AM

    terripet says:
    Jan 20, 2014 11:09 AM
    Tom time to retire, you can’t throw the deep ball anymore. Teams that take away your 5 yard passes will always beat you. oh and by the way Manning is the best qb.


    Yes Brady threw for over 4500 yards this season all by throwing 5 yard passes.
    ——-
    I watched every Pats game this season, and that’s basically what he did. He threw a ton of screens to his backs and his receivers, as well as a number of slants and underneath routes, where the receiver would run after the catch.

    I am not criticizing him for it, because it was smart football. The Pats had no vertical threat, so Brady had to adjust.

  29. steelcurtainn says: Jan 20, 2014 12:14 PM

    Patriots since spygate. 2 superbowl losses, 3 afc championships losses, 0 superbowl wins. Looks like karma has come back to bite you.

  30. all4patriots says: Jan 20, 2014 12:19 PM

    “Since Danny was pretty worthless all season, how about cutting him and using any savings to resign Edelman? ”

    Because there is a salary cap in the NFL, and for DA the 2014 cap hit is bigger to cut him than it is to keep him. Less money would be available to resign Edelman!

  31. truthfactory says: Jan 20, 2014 12:20 PM

    Only two QBs with two or more postseason playoff games this year had no turnovers (interceptions/lost fumbles)–Rivers and Brady.
    ———

    PLAHAHAHA!!!! So are you implying in the Colts game where he barely completed 50% of his passes against that defense he played well?? Or that he couldnt move the ball yesterday until the Broncos went into prevent defense, but because he didnt have a turnover he played good??

    What a joke. He didnt play good in the post-season this year and to be honest the only “good” playoff game he’s had was against the Broncos a couple years ago.

    His stats while handing the ball off and cheating in the early 2000′s gives everyone the impression that he’s “clutch”. Its a joke.

  32. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 20, 2014 12:25 PM

    apkyletexas says:

    I thought Brady looked old, slow, weak-armed, and inaccurate.
    ________________

    Inaccurate yesterday is correct. Weak-armed ? Lol yeah overthrowing someone 50 yards down the field is weak all right.

    Every QB has off games and Brady had one yesterday.

    Every single loss since the 2001 Super Bowl I’ve heard a mantra of Brady is finished, Brady sucks, etc etc. And almost every single season since then the Pats have made the playoffs and had an unprecedented run.

    No QB has ever made it to 6 Super Bowls before, and Brady was close. He’ll be close again next year too.. In case some of you haven’t noticed, its incredibly difficult to even reach the SB much less win it. Some franchises have never even made the big game much less won 3 times. And the 2 losses were very close its not like they were blowouts.

    I’ll take Brady over any other QB in the game until he retires.

    What I do think is Belichick made some mistakes in the offseason in letting Welker go and counting on Hernandez being there. No one could have predicted Hernandez would be involved in murder, but players are getting injured at a high rate these days, and you can no longer count on any one player to be your lock on any position.

  33. vcupats says: Jan 20, 2014 12:27 PM

    You want a QB to reach the conference championship 8 years out of 11 playoff appearances or do you want a QB to go one-and-done 8 years out of 13 playoff appearances? Take your time with that one.

  34. ampats says: Jan 20, 2014 12:34 PM

    Could care less about what the Haters say as most of their teams have been home since 2013. Any Patriots fan will say this season exceeded our expectations after losing 4 of the 5 best players on the team.

    Thanks for the season and to all the haters/spygate commenters,

    Guess who is the favorite to win the AFC in 2014?

    We’ll be back like we always are !

  35. flash1283 says: Jan 20, 2014 12:34 PM

    truthfactory says: Jan 20, 2014 12:20 PM

    Only two QBs with two or more postseason playoff games this year had no turnovers (interceptions/lost fumbles)–Rivers and Brady.
    ———

    PLAHAHAHA!!!! So are you implying in the Colts game where he barely completed 50% of his passes against that defense he played well?? Or that he couldnt move the ball yesterday until the Broncos went into prevent defense, but because he didnt have a turnover he played good??

    What a joke. He didnt play good in the post-season this year and to be honest the only “good” playoff game he’s had was against the Broncos a couple years ago.


    So the game vs Houston last season doesn’t count?

  36. pl4tinum514 says: Jan 20, 2014 12:48 PM

    Maybe they should have dressed Tompkins instead of Dobson then.

  37. cranespy says: Jan 20, 2014 12:51 PM

    Big Pats fan here…….while the team showed unparalleled resiliency throughout the season, the ending reveals a crack that I began to see three seasons ago. It has not closed, in fact, the crack has lengthened and widened.

    Few in the northeast wish to discuss it, but when Coach dissects the game tape….it should become obvious. Tom Brady’s time has passed.

    If he had been just “average” today, the result could’ve been different and we very well could’ve had a last possession “heart stopping” finish….one way or the other.

    With the second youngest team in the league is it fair to attempt to bring along a young crop of receivers who can not depend on a catchable ball when they go deep….not to mention the countless low balls that Brady has missed on over the past three seasons? (Ask Wes…he took the blame on a couple in particular.)

    Is it time for Tom to walk away….and just like he took the reins from Drew….is it now time for Ryan Mallet to take his turn.

  38. tigerlilac says: Jan 20, 2014 12:54 PM

    Truthfactory, you clearly do not understand the NFL game. You might want to listen to Belichick, a student and teacher of the game at its most knowledgeable level. He has said that Brady is hard to coach because he is so well prepared each week and that it forces Bill to work even harder. He has also said there is no QB he would rather have than Brady. Brady hasn’t won at a higher percentage than any other QB in NFL history due to luck or cheating; he has done it through hard work and execution.

  39. kanemoney says: Jan 20, 2014 12:57 PM

    Brady wasn’t the problem dudes. Last time I checked he wasn’t on the defensive side of the ball that gave up over 500 yards (and provided almost no pressure on Manning and didn’t force the Broncos into enough mistakes).

    I HATE the Patriots. In all sports, they are my most despised team, however give him credit. He has lost so many offensive weapons over the past season and before and still managed to drive a team to the offensive level they were at.

    The Pats had a few amazing drives and Tom looked great on them. The only thing keeping me from having a lead ball in stomach was the score. At that point (when admittedly the Broncos went to ‘prevent d’ (not sure why)), it was too much to overcome.

  40. igotgamenj says: Jan 20, 2014 12:59 PM

    Pats are a bunch of HAS-BEENS !

  41. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 20, 2014 1:10 PM

    The Vikings drafted Cordarrelle Patterson with the pick New England traded to them. I wonder what Tom Brady could have done with him?

  42. ichiganian says: Jan 20, 2014 3:13 PM

    Yeah, the Pats lost, beaten by a superior team. But most of the other teams in the NFL would trade their Coach/QB for Belichick/Brady in a heartbeat.

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