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Tom Brady: There was plenty of rust

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 09: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks to pass while under pressure in the third quarter of the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Patriots defeated the Browns 33-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Getty Images

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his first appearance of the 2016 season on Sunday and it went about as most people would want.

Brady completed 28-of-40 passes for 406 yards and three touchdowns as the Patriots routed the Browns 33-13 for their fourth win in five games this season. He even ran twice for 14 yards, including a first down jaunt that led to a little extra celebration from the quarterback.

Despite all that, Brady felt like there was more he could have done to help New England’s cause.

“I think there was plenty of rust out there. I can do better in a lot of areas,” Brady said in his postgame press conference.

Plenty of rust feels like it is either an overly modest assessment of a day’s work or a pretty ominous warning of things to come over the next 11 games. Either one leaves the Patriots offense in great shape after their first game with Brady back in the saddle.

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55 Responses to “Tom Brady: There was plenty of rust”
  1. madameplavalaguna says: Oct 9, 2016 5:11 PM

    Fuhrer Goodell, you created the monster, enjoy the consequences.

  2. maust1013 says: Oct 9, 2016 5:12 PM

    “Plenty of rust feels like it is either an overly modest assessment of a day’s work or a pretty ominous warning of things to come over the next 11 games.”
    =====================

    Or both

  3. patriottony says: Oct 9, 2016 5:12 PM

    Lets SEE:

    Home Vs CINN (WIN) 1st brady game at home,,Fuggabout it
    At PITT (WIN) Close but no ceegar BENNY,,
    HOME vs Seattle (WIN) tough for west to come east
    At Buffalo (WIN)Welll REXY,,this time YOU ARE PLAYING #12

    So at the hallway point…PATS will be 8-1 on a bye week then on to denver….

  4. jagsfanugh says: Oct 9, 2016 5:19 PM

    Great game to have missed 4. Like old hat. What a pro.

  5. rabidbillsfan says: Oct 9, 2016 5:20 PM

    The Browns would lose to Alabama and Ohio St., in all seriousness. They are trending up, though. One thing I judge teams rebuild on is team speed. The Browns just “look” faster than in past years. Some bad breaks against them, but the are right there. However, if anybody expected Brady to not do what he did today, well, you’re a fool. The Browns just didn’t have the horses to keep up. Let’s see Brady against a good defense.

  6. vancouversportsbro says: Oct 9, 2016 5:20 PM

    Plenty of rust as in he probably needs to get used to hearing his coordinator shout the other teams signals into his headset.

    Dak Prescott is way better than Brady is.

  7. 6ball says: Oct 9, 2016 5:21 PM

    .
    Brady will have to overcome the rust pretty quickly :

    10/16 vs Bengals
    10/23 @ Steelers
    10/30 @ Bills
    11/13 vs Seahawks
    11/20 @ 49ers
    11/27 @ Jets
    .

  8. ikeclanton says: Oct 9, 2016 5:23 PM

    I’m so glad the Patriots “system” allows for all of their quarterbacks to throw for 400 yards every week…….oh wait, there’s only one.

  9. majormeatcurtains says: Oct 9, 2016 5:25 PM

    patriottony says:
    Oct 9, 2016 5:12 PM
    Lets SEE:

    Home Vs CINN (WIN) 1st brady game at home,,Fuggabout it
    At PITT (WIN) Close but no ceegar BENNY,,
    HOME vs Seattle (WIN) tough for west to come east
    At Buffalo (WIN)Welll REXY,,this time YOU ARE PLAYING #12

    So at the hallway point…PATS will be 8-1 on a bye week then on to denver….

    How do you even type in this day and age? Home schooling? Sleeping with the teacher?
    No knowledge of Mile High son.

  10. MichaelEdits says: Oct 9, 2016 5:27 PM

    That’s not rust. That’s old age. Trust me, I’ve got a lot of experience with old age. Put the geezer out to pasture.

  11. majormeatcurtains says: Oct 9, 2016 5:29 PM

    madameplavalaguna says:
    Oct 9, 2016 5:11 PM
    Fuhrer Goodell, you created the monster, enjoy the consequences.

    Only one specific demographic boy. That is all you have boy. TB12 beat…… CLEVELAND. THE BROWNS SON. We welcome you to Denver boy. I’ll buy your ticket boy.

  12. jag1959 says: Oct 9, 2016 5:29 PM

    The best player of the salary cap era. There’s a special place in hades for the clowns responsible for keeping fans from watching him for the last 4 games just to let the league get leverage over the NFLPA.

    A Giants guy

  13. danceformemarionetteboy says: Oct 9, 2016 5:29 PM

    Atlanta slapping Denver in Denver,

    Dallas slapping Cinci,

    Eags destroyed Pitt,

    Wash beats Baltimore…

    Becoming very obvious NFC >> AFC

  14. LyinRogerMustGo says: Oct 9, 2016 5:30 PM

    If THAT is rust then I’d say that is

    Wait for it!

    Wait for it!

    Wait for it!

    TREMENDOUS news for the 4 time World Champion Patriots!🙂

  15. j0esixpack says: Oct 9, 2016 5:30 PM

    He’s right. But it was still nice to see that Goodell’s FrameGate is well on it’s way to fully backfiring

    Brady is in decent form and will be relatively rested and healthier for the playoffs – solely focused on getting his revenge by adding at least one more ring for the thumb

    Garoppolo came in with the game in hand and showed himself to be healthy enough to warrant a 1st & 4th round pick in this QB starved NFL – making up what Goodell never should have taken away – and Jacoby Brissette is also looking good with the possibility of one day replacing Brady as the Franchise QB for the next 15 years of domination- or being traded for a high pick himself!

    The Laws of Physics, as well as the Laws of Good Karma appear to be on Brady and the Patriots side in affirming that the NFL’s own PSI data showed no deflation.

    All thanks to Roger Goodell! The Commisioner responsible for the NFL’s ever shrinking ratings!

  16. Ralphie says: Oct 9, 2016 5:36 PM

    vancouversportsbro says:
    Oct 9, 2016 5:20 PM
    Plenty of rust as in he probably needs to get used to hearing his coordinator shout the other teams signals into his headset.

    Dak Prescott is way better than Brady is.

    _______________________________

    The troll is back from a long hiatus. Parole?

  17. danceformemarionetteboy says: Oct 9, 2016 5:37 PM

    jag1959 says:
    Oct 9, 2016 5:29 PM

    The best player of the salary cap era. There’s a special place in hades for the clowns responsible for keeping fans from watching him for the last 4 games just to let the league get leverage over the NFLPA.

    A Giants guy

    Pats fans are a riot.

    OK, let me try.

    Yes, we cheat, and we’ve only been caught for a fraction of what we’ve actually done. Ever since the 85 Bears exposed us we adopted the mantra “cheat to compete”. We’d be very mediocre otherwise.

    A Patriots guy.

  18. greglloydrules says: Oct 9, 2016 5:38 PM

    danceformemarionetteboy says:
    Oct 9, 2016 5:29 PM
    Atlanta slapping Denver in Denver,

    Dallas slapping Cinci,

    Eags destroyed Pitt,

    Wash beats Baltimore…

    Becoming very obvious NFC >> AFC

    Still hung up on a game from 3 weeks ago lol. 2 Steelers blowouts since then

  19. greglloydrules says: Oct 9, 2016 5:42 PM

    patriottony says:
    Oct 9, 2016 5:12 PM
    Lets SEE:

    Home Vs CINN (WIN) 1st brady game at home,,Fuggabout it
    At PITT (WIN) Close but no ceegar BENNY,,
    HOME vs Seattle (WIN) tough for west to come east
    At Buffalo (WIN)Welll REXY,,this time YOU ARE PLAYING #12

    At Pitt (LOSE) Steelers offense at home Fuggabout it

  20. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Oct 9, 2016 5:44 PM

    danceformemarionetteboy says:
    Oct 9, 2016 5:29 PM

    Atlanta slapping Denver in Denver,

    Dallas slapping Cinci,

    Eags destroyed Pitt,

    Wash beats Baltimore…

    Becoming very obvious NFC >> AFC

    they were > last year, how’d that work out?

  21. dejc421 says: Oct 9, 2016 5:45 PM

    rabidbillsfan says:
    Oct 9, 2016 5:20 PM

    The Browns would lose to Alabama … Let’s see Brady against a good defense.
    ———–
    Yeah, that’s got to be it … I don’t recall Brady ever playing against a good defense.

  22. thenyolive says: Oct 9, 2016 5:45 PM

    majormeatcurtains says:
    Oct 9, 2016 5:29 PM

    Only one specific demographic boy. That is all you have boy. TB12 beat…… CLEVELAND. THE BROWNS SON. We welcome you to Denver boy. I’ll buy your ticket boy.
    ————–
    Denver only plays two good teams this year. They’re getting beat by one right now. The other is the Pats. Looking forward to it.

  23. gdanzig2013 says: Oct 9, 2016 5:49 PM

    majormeatcurtains says:
    Oct 9, 2016 5:29 PM
    madameplavalaguna says:
    Oct 9, 2016 5:11 PM
    Fuhrer Goodell, you created the monster, enjoy the consequences.

    Only one specific demographic boy. That is all you have boy. TB12 beat…… CLEVELAND. THE BROWNS SON. We welcome you to Denver boy. I’ll buy your ticket boy.

    Hey Girl!!!!! I don’t think you have noticed, but you DONKEYS are getting spanked the Falcons…….YES, I said THE FALCONS! LOL!

  24. joeflaccoallday says: Oct 9, 2016 5:52 PM

    Inflated balls can be rusty to some who aren’t used to them.

  25. manninghasnt1sincespygate says: Oct 9, 2016 5:53 PM

    danceformemarionetteboy says:
    Oct 9, 2016 5:29 PM
    Atlanta slapping Denver in Denver,

    Dallas slapping Cinci,

    Eags destroyed Pitt,

    Wash beats Baltimore…

    Becoming very obvious NFC >> AFC

    Lol….the Pats beat Arizona on the road with a quarterback making his first career start. Calm down.

  26. mackcarrington says: Oct 9, 2016 5:56 PM

    Brady comes back to beat the Browns and the great Cody Kessler, and Patriot fans go into their usual arrogant frenzy. Enjoy it while it lasts because it won’t last forever.

  27. Smashone The God says: Oct 9, 2016 5:56 PM

    I’m a Bills fan and since we played at 4:25 today, I decided to take in Toms first game back. I will say he looked very sharp. If THAT was rusty, then I guess it’s about to get messy. I hate the Pats with everything in me. Every fiber in my soul hates them, BUT I respect winning so welcome back. Can’t wait until the rematch in Buffalo!…LET’S GET IT!

  28. A Reader says: Oct 9, 2016 6:00 PM

    This makes me want to see the Pats pull a Roger Clemons deal when Brady eventually starts to age, give the four easiest games of the season to Jimmy G, rest Brady”s arm and keep his brain for the playoffs. Jimmy G gets to learn in live game experience with Brady on the team. Win-win for everyone.

  29. weepingjebus says: Oct 9, 2016 6:03 PM

    Nice to see Garoppolo out there too. Thanks for the extra 4 bye weeks, Roger, your strategic planning skills remain as amazing as always.

  30. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 9, 2016 6:04 PM

    “Put the geezer out to pasture.”

    The arguments the Pats haters use to try and justify their desperate hope that their team won’t have to face Brady any more.

    Lolz. Yeah he’s really bad. Led the league in TDs and something like 3rd in passing last season.

    He’s so “rusty” that he just threw for over 400 yds, 3 TDs, no INTs, but he should be retired because whining fans of bad teams don’t like him.

    SMH

  31. patsbrat says: Oct 9, 2016 6:04 PM

    “I think there was plenty of rust out there. I can do better in a lot of areas,” Brady said…

    Humble…ever the perfectionist. Welcome back GOAT!

  32. truthprofessor says: Oct 9, 2016 6:10 PM

    vancouversportsbro said “he probably needs to get used to hearing his coordinator shout the other teams signals into his headset”
    —-

    of course, you know that defenses no longer use hand signals AT ALL, as 8 years or so ago they went to electronic communication system, in the helmet of a designated defensive player, talking to the coach.

    so your comment is STUPID

    wait, you don’t know that, or much else, since you’re just an ignorant Patriots-hating troll!

  33. joetoronto says: Oct 9, 2016 6:13 PM

    buffalosunshine says:Oct 5, 2016 1:58 PM
    Pats will lose to Cleveland…this week. That is all.
    *********************************************
    Ooops!

  34. fishyinalittledishy says: Oct 9, 2016 6:14 PM

    Rusty ? I think all that air he ordered be removed from those footballs has gone to his head and it’s twice the size as should be. The Browns got taken to the cleaners and Tommy says he could have done more to help his team. Hope Tommy worked on his neck mussels over his rest period so he can carry that huge head he has developed.

  35. bostonsteve12 says: Oct 9, 2016 6:22 PM

    He sees a lot of rust to work off. One reason TB is the GOAT.

  36. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 9, 2016 6:28 PM

    It’s called father time not rust, Tom!

  37. exinsidetrader says: Oct 9, 2016 6:29 PM

    Brady needs to pull a Maximus and fire a football into whatever box the Commissioner is watching from.

    “Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained!!”

  38. daddeeo says: Oct 9, 2016 6:32 PM

    HA! do you know how much the NE fans love hearing lammos decry the best professional team EVER?!

  39. majormeatcurtains says: Oct 9, 2016 6:38 PM

    Oh, Bradys Mad. He’s picking on your red headed step child! Look at him Go! Wait for it fanboys.

  40. danceformemarionetteboy says: Oct 9, 2016 6:40 PM

    manninghasnt1sincespygate says:
    Oct 9, 2016 5:53 PM

    danceformemarionetteboy says:
    Oct 9, 2016 5:29 PM
    Atlanta slapping Denver in Denver,

    Dallas slapping Cinci,

    Eags destroyed Pitt,

    Wash beats Baltimore…

    Becoming very obvious NFC >> AFC
    ========

    Lol….the Pats beat Arizona on the road with a quarterback making his first career start. Calm down.

    You mean the 2-3 Cards who you beat by 2?

    Wow, point made.

    LOL

    Pats so used to playing terrible teams they get excited by beating bad teams.

  41. majormeatcurtains says: Oct 9, 2016 6:41 PM

    Amazing what this guy can do huh? December in Denver GQ punk. Can you throw it and catch it from your back boy? Dude fears it.

  42. wensink18 says: Oct 9, 2016 6:43 PM

    Brady was railroaded in one of the worst laid plans of all time. Any person spouting off about air pressure etc should preface their statement by saying “I’m a moron.” However, the suspension strengthened the Patriots by giving Brady a month off. This will be fun to watch… as to the Bills, put your analogous teeth on the curb so Brady and the Pats can stomp on the back of your head. The 3rd string QB you beat in your Super Bowl, went on the IR after playing hurt . You celebrated like gangbusters at Foxboro and on Twitter. Payback is coming…. out

  43. sportschatterdotco says: Oct 9, 2016 6:56 PM

    I was expecting to see some rust, I did not

    welcome back Tom

  44. latenightroach says: Oct 9, 2016 7:10 PM

    Not bad for being “rusty”

  45. cb3313 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:13 PM

    Great to see Roger’s willfully ignorant dupes begging on message boards for TB12 to retire.

    Can’t compete with puffs of air, warm Gatorade or missing helmet stickers. What a bunch of pathetic losers…

    mackcarrington says:
    Oct 9, 2016 5:56 PM

    “Enjoy it while it lasts because it won’t last forever.”

    Way to go out on a limb there Troll…

    Unfortunately for you, 20+ Years of NFL DOMINANCE and counting. Enough to last us a life time thanks. How’s your team doing this decade?

    Trolls Lose Again

  46. twopaw513 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:20 PM

    joeflaccoallday says:
    Oct 9, 2016 5:52 PM

    Inflated balls can be rusty to some who aren’t used to them.
    ___________________________________
    Another Raven’s fan that finds it’s easier to make excuses for losing two 14 point leads in a playoff game because of a made up excuse instead of taking the loss like a MAN. Then again, boohoo Harbaugh is the leagues biggest crybaby and his fans are just following his lead!

  47. gdanzig2013 says: Oct 9, 2016 7:22 PM

    majormeatcurtains says:
    Oct 9, 2016 6:41 PM
    Amazing what this guy can do huh? December in Denver GQ punk. Can you throw it and catch it from your back boy? Dude fears it.

    Nice game DONKEY’s!!

  48. txpatsfan says: Oct 9, 2016 8:44 PM

    [i]rabidbillsfan says:
    Oct 9, 2016 5:20 PM
    The Browns would lose to Alabama and Ohio St., in all seriousness. They are trending up, though. One thing I judge teams rebuild on is team speed. The Browns just “look” faster than in past years. Some bad breaks against them, but the are right there. However, if anybody expected Brady to not do what he did today, well, you’re a fool. The Browns just didn’t have the horses to keep up. Let’s see Brady against a good defense.[/i]

    There is no way ANY NFL team loses to a college team. Maybe 2% of Div I college players even make it on to an NFL roster much less ‘stick’. Pryor could not even make it in the NFL as a QB yet he was an All Big Ten Honorable Mention Twice, Rose Bowl MVP, and runner up as Big 10 MVP. Sure, the percentages are higher for an Alabama or Ohio St, but still it might be at most 10%. But virtually every player on the Browns would instantly be a starter at Alabama. Coker couldn’t even make an NFL squad and McCarren is on someone’s practice squad. When was the last time an Alabama RB made the Pro Bowl?

    And the Browns do not really have a bad defense. It’s certainly not good but they are middle of the road to bottom third but at least 6-7 teams have a worst D. Plus their O is so bad, especially with QB injuries, that their D spends a lot of time on the field. But they are not ‘bad’. And Jackson has this team fighting hard; they will win a few games this year; 2 or 3 at least. But their issue is really their O.

    But given that Brady had not been with the team for a month I think things will just continue to get better.

  49. greenlargo says: Oct 9, 2016 10:44 PM

    A lot of this is just noise. The Pat’s fans saying Brady is off on his Gronk You revenge tour to stick it to Goodell are quite mistaken. That implies Brady has been coasting so far but now he’s mad so he will hit the gas. Brady his entire career has always given his 100% to being prepared for every game and then he plays the games with all his heart. That approach is the reason for all that winning over his career. All he is going to do now is continue with business as usual which will be to commit himself completely and totally to winning a championship. To Brady that’s what constitutes business as usual. Maybe they will win it all, maybe not. But whatever happens he will be ready for his games and play them hard.

  50. thenyolive says: Oct 9, 2016 10:58 PM

    majormeatcurtains says:
    Oct 9, 2016 6:41 PM

    Amazing what this guy can do huh? December in Denver GQ punk. Can you throw it and catch it from your back boy? Dude fears it.
    ——
    So, you are saying nobody will study how the Falcons took care of the donkeys today? Wow.

  51. cb3313 says: Oct 9, 2016 11:11 PM

    danceformemarionetteboy says:
    Oct 9, 2016 6:40 PM

    Pats so used to playing terrible teams they get excited by beating bad teams.
    ______________________________________

    Winning is the goal. They get excited about every win. Seems to have worked for them for the past 15-20 years.

    Maybe your team should try it…

    Patriots and Patriot Fans Win Again!

  52. ibillwt says: Oct 9, 2016 11:49 PM

    Well after all he’s only the greatest player in history. And when it really counts in the playoff clutch, no one else is even in the conversation.

  53. animesmallencode says: Oct 10, 2016 5:20 AM

    danceformemarionetteboy says:
    Oct 9, 2016 6:40 PM

    ========

    Lol….the Pats beat Arizona on the road with a quarterback making his first career start. Calm down.

    You mean the 2-3 Cards who you beat by 2?

    Wow, point made.

    LOL

    Pats so used to playing terrible teams they get excited by beating bad teams.

    ========

    After that beating Arizona took in the front of home crowd against a quarterback making his first career start, they self imploded. that explains why they have 2-3 record.

    LOL

  54. superpatriotsfan says: Oct 11, 2016 9:13 AM

    LOL look at these Pats homers bragging about beating Cleveland….speaking of Red Sox LOL

  55. cb3313 says: Oct 11, 2016 8:14 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Oct 11, 2016 9:13 AM

    LOL look at these Pats homers bragging about beating Cleveland….speaking of Red Sox LOL
    _______________________________________

    LOL, look at this Troll reduced to whimpering on a Patriots’ message board because his team can’t compete….

    Speaking of 20+ Years of NFL DOMINANCE!

    Run along now Troll, back to the crybaby Loser’s Circle with the rest of Roger’s willfully ignorant dupes…

    Patriots and Patriot Fans Win Again!

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