Tom Brady: We didn’t dig very deep on Thursday night

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In their first game since coming back from 28-3 down to win a Super Bowl, the Patriots got outscored 28-10 in the second half to start their 2017 season with a 42-27 loss.

The loss dropped an anvil on the talk of an undefeated season and made the lavish pregame celebration of last year’s title feel like it happened in a different decade. Based on what quarterback Tom Brady said after the game, the team may have waited a bit too long to put those things into the past.

Brady said in his postgame press conference that the Patriots need to be better across the board, “starting with our attitude and our competitiveness.” Brady was asked what he meant and suggested the team didn’t do a very good job of focusing on the moment that was right in front of them.

“I just think we need to have more urgency and go out there and perform a lot better,” Brady said. “That is a winning attitude and a championship attitude that you need to bring every day. We had it handed to us on our own field. It’s a terrible feeling, and the only people that can do something about it are in that locker room. We’ve got to dig a lot deeper than we did tonight because we didn’t dig very deep tonight.”

The Patriots have more than a week to work on all that went wrong before they are back on the field against the Saints. From what Brady said, one of the first things they need to do is fully turn the page to the 2017 season.

72 responses to “Tom Brady: We didn’t dig very deep on Thursday night

  1. Ouch, terrible game. Only Good news is that it only counts as one loss.

    Much to improve on, get to work boys.

  2. .
    When you have a beleaguered defense in the state of disarray, the last meeting you want is with Drew Brees in the Superdome.
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  3. Oh you dug deep Tommy Boy, you just got racked up. Gronk shut down by Berry. Amendola hurt…again! When Hightower went down the D folded.

  4. But remember folks, there’s no way a team with a QB like Aaron Rodgers and a coach like Mike McCarthy stands a chance against the Patriots. They’re simply not as good as Alex Smith and Andy “8 minutes to run a 2 minute drill” Reid.

    Anyone who speaks in absolutes about top tier/legit superbowl contending NFL teams winning or losing shows quite a bit about their football IQ.

  5. Much to improve on, get to work boys.
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    Yep. Interesting comment about “attitude”. I wonder who he was referring to. Whoever it was hopefully got the message! 🙂

  6. There has only been one time when the team that won the super bowl also won every regular season game. When one team plays a perfect game, they’re hard to beat. When a team with a coach like Andy Reid has months to prepare for one team, they’re hard to beat. I’ll bet Bill Belichick is actually in a very positive mood this morning because his team is going to be more motivated to work harder going forward. Sometimes a game like this is a good thing. Belichick will definitely take advantage of this. Brady already is.

  7. I think it’s interesting the offense seemed to handle the loss of Tom Brady for 4 games a lot better than the loss of Edelman.

    Edelman ain’t walking through that door. Time for a different look. How about starting with some wheels and screens to these running backs? 🙂

  8. My team lives in the NFC and I think this was a great game…the big plays were a huge difference, and the 4th down stops…what amazes me is that Kansas City had something like 15 penalties for 139 yrds! And still won, in NE, after trailing by 10.

    I hope these two teams meet again. I think it will be closer…blow outs usually are the 2nd time…But these two would put on a good show.

    But I hope the outcome is the same … and Berry gets healthy.

  9. That gets harder too do the older you get Thomas ! Remember I attended all camp practices and the shine is off the Apple he FORTY YEARS OLD and if you think the rest of the league doesn’t realize that if you hit an old man repediately that old man will become an old old man real fast ! Tom it’s time to start thinking about your health the LOAT needs AARP !

  10. they’ll be fine. why did they get away from exposing gaines? also, every penalty ended with “defense number 39”. Brady was picking them apart.

  11. The season is over. Chiefs are champs. No need to watch the rest of the season. Time to head to Guam! Whoot!

  12. 16-0.

    Classic. Where are the arrogant Pats fans now? For those level-headed Pats fans, it was still a good game. It started off looking like the Patriots were on their way to another dominant performance, but this is why they play the games.

  13. Why was anybody talking about this team going undefeated?? Based on what? Well that talk was very quickly and decisively quashed last night…

  14. Brady looked pedestrian, secondary worse than in the SB. Six touchdowns to Alex Smith, really? ALEX SMITH? If TB can’t carry them this season, Patsie fans might finally taste reality.

  15. 🙂 🙂 🙂 GREAT start to the new football season! However, the Pats will rebound, Pats’ fans, no worries. I do hate all of the injuries, esp. for Eric Berry, as he has gone through so much 😦 Go Cowboys!!!

  16. Way too many distractions last night. That’s not an excuse, just an observation. Time for BB to get this team going. And, FWIW, the Chiefs did look pretty darned good.

  17. Tom ‘the whiner” Brady, the Chiefs outplayed, outhearted, outcoached, and just plain beat you down.
    The better team absolutely won. Period

  18. Where are all the obnoxious Patriot fans this morning ? HAHAHA
    They had plenty of sleep, cause most were leaving Gillette stadium in the middle of the 4th Quarter.

    So refreshing to hear crickets from the land of the obnoxious

  19. Uh oh, Tom just leaked his secret to winning. Just what the Browns needed to become football relevant.

  20. C’mon “6th Rd talent” Tom you missed a 6’3″ TE that didn’t have a defender within 10 yards of him.

    So nice to see the Pats lose their home opener.

  21. There’s at least one positive aspect to last night’s decisive Patriots’ loss. It puts an end to all the hoopla. The hype—largely media-driven—of the 2017 Patriots’ invincibility is, like their great 2016 season, now over. New England’s glaring lack of focus in their season opener can and likely will be remedied. What sometimes can’t be cured is the “injury bug,” which bit last night. How bad it bites the Pats going forward is what weighs most on my mind as the team defends its title.

  22. It really isn’t unusual for the Patriots to have a bad loss early in the season, but they always seem to be there at the end of the season. I remember three years ago, they lost to the Chiefs 41-14 to start the season 2-2, and people were saying Brady was done. Then they rattled off seven straight wins, finished 12-4, and won the Super Bowl. We aren’t going to get rid of them that easily.

  23. BB has always said, you need to win at least half your games in Sept, 3 out of 4 in October, and November and all of them in December to build a good team.

    It was a hard loss to watch but I have faith in BB and this team owes me nothing. They have given it all to us including the greatest SB comeback ever, just one game ago.

  24. What a horrible performance. You win the turnover battle and the other team overcomes 150+ yards in penalties to win by 14. Just imagine if the refs would have thrown holding calls both ways!!

  25. The Pats offense took the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters off.

    The defense couldn’t stop a Div II college team. They looked TERRIBLE in the preseason. They looked worse last night.

    This looked like a preseason game. No sense of urgency. No emotion.

    On the flip side THANK GOD we got a loss. This will end the 16-0 BS and be a wake up call to the team.

  26. The Saints will get the 2014 Cincinnati treatment. May the good Lord have mercy on them. Make no mistake folks, we are going 18-1 and will have a glorious end this time around.

  27. Digging deep wasn’t the issue — the Pats D-line and LBs were simply inferior to the Chiefs O-line and skill position players.

  28. Brady’s great at finding the open man and getting him the ball but when the line collapses and everyone’s covered…he’s no Aaron Rodgers.

  29. As it stands now we have the worst record in football until Sunday. We will rebound though and go 18-1 providing no more key injuries. There is no way to lose the rest of our games

  30. Yet that didn’t stop Brady and Gronk from constantly looking for flags on every play.
    A couple of times Gronk threw his hands up without even being touched.
    That schtick is getting old, even the refs are tired of it apparently.

  31. Gmen05 – Your 8:31. “Where are the arrogant Pats fans now?”

    Right here.

    If you can read you’ll notice that I’ve posted a few things – we got our butts kicked (Captain Obvious), as Michael E says – we got outcoached and outplayed. It’s happened before and it will happen again. Getting your butt kicked in front of everybody when you’re celebrating wining your 5th title is nothing to be arrogant about.

    But

    I’ll be back – and so will the rest of my arrogant fellow Pats fans.

    Count on it.

  32. The loss of Rob Ninkovich (sp?) could be huge; Rodney Harrison said that the front seven looked confused and the suspect run D showed that. I’m no Pats fan but after watching them regroup and win the SB three years ago, I’m certainly not going to say that their playoff and SB hopes are over.

  33. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    September 8, 2017 at 10:56 am

    The Saints will get the 2014 Cincinnati treatment. May the good Lord have mercy on them. Make no mistake folks, we are going 18-1 and will have a glorious end this time around.
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    Not with that run defense you’re not.

  34. It will be a quick decline. Pats are gonna have 10 years of mediocre football play. Hope you enjoyed the fat years.

  35. Much to improve on, get to work boys.
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    Yep. Interesting comment about “attitude”. I wonder who he was referring to. Whoever it was hopefully got the message!

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    There are 53 candidates, ’cause they all looked bad.

  36. The Saints will get the 2014 Cincinnati treatment. May the good Lord have mercy on them. Make no mistake folks, we are going 18-1 and will have a glorious end this time around.

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    Not if Brees gets the time to throw Smith got. He could hang 80 on them…

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