Tom Brady: Officials called it pretty tight, we have to overcome it

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In their 33-30 loss to the Panthers on Sunday, the Patriots were flagged for seven accepted penalties for 55 yards while the Panthers had one accepted penalty for 33 yards.

Two of the calls against the Patriots were for offensive pass interference — Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola were each penalized once — and quarterback Tom Brady said during a Monday appearance on “Kirk & Callahan” on WEEI said he thought the officials called a “pretty tight” game against the Patriots. He said he doesn’t “know what they can do more” to avoid such calls, but that it is up to the Patriots to overcome them.

Brady had a similar answer when he was asked about the history of Patriots games officiated by referee Jerome Boger’s crew.

“Again, they were calling it tight on us,” Brady said. “From previous [games], that crew has called much more penalties on us than the other team. We just have to figure out how to play and tighten it up. If we don’t get the calls, we don’t get them, we still have to go out and play better than we’ve played. It’s just about us doing our job better, all of us. And we can. It’s not like that was the best game we could possibly play and we lost.”

“Do your job” has been the mantra in New England for some time and improving from a 2-2 start will require them to do so even if they don’t think the referees are doing theirs all that well.

36 responses to “Tom Brady: Officials called it pretty tight, we have to overcome it

  1. That’s Brady speak for “The officials pretty much sucked – but we made our own mistakes that cost us.”

    The 2nd Gilmore call and the Gronk PI call were weak sauce, but it was the 15 yard tear after the Gilmore call that was the dagger – and that’s all on the defense.

  2. His comments about that crew are legitimate. Also, there is a strategy out there among defensive coordinators about how to run into Gronkowski in an attempt to get an interference call. It’s paying dividends with some crews. They had to know this was coming though after the memo that went out from the league earlier this week making it a point of emphasis. It seems the Patriots are always used as an example for the rest of the league. I suppose they figure it’s because they can handle it.

  3. His comments about that crew are legitimate. Also, there is a strategy out there among defensive coordinators about how to run into Gronkowski in an attempt to get an interference call. It’s paying dividends with some crews. They had to know this was coming though after the memo that went out from the league earlier this week making it a point of emphasis. It seems the Patriots are always used as an example for the rest of the league. I suppose they figure it’s because they can handle it.

  4. Second time in a row that Brady has lost to the Panthers and talked about the refs. They missed a blatant false start on 4th and one you’re not going to get every call.

  5. “Excuses”

    What excuses? He said very clearly its on the Pats and they have to play better. Since you apparently didn’t bother to read anything but the headline here’s what the article quotes Tom as saying

    “If we don’t get the calls, we don’t get them, we still have to go out and play better than we’ve played. It’s just about us doing our job better, all of us.”

  6. “there is a strategy out there among defensive coordinators about how to run into Gronkowski in an attempt to get an interference call”
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    I suggest you watch Gronk’s right arm when he is going down the field. If the db or lb is on his right side, he uses his upper arm to push off to gain separation. That is what he has been getting called for. Brady always lays the ball over his left shoulder, correctly for a rt handed receiver. The push off by his right arm gives him the slight amount of separation to make the catch.

  7. .
    The Patriots “Area 51” defense had Cam Newton confused all afternoon. There were so many guys running free, he couldn’t decide who to hit.

    Why is it called the “Area 51” defense? Because nobody knows what is going on out there.
    .

  8. I couldn’t see that game but if last night’s Seahawks / Colts game is any barometer it’s gotten so bad I walked away so as not to hyperventilate. I’m not talking about just Seahawk penalties but on both the Hawks and Colts. There was no flow to the game it was flag after flag after flag.

    Some were so borderline I couldn’t believe any official would waste the energy throwing a flag. These guys may be following the exact letter of the law but it’s RUINING the game.

  9. “… he uses his upper arm to push off to gain separation”

    Every. Single. Receiver. in the NFL does that. Gronk also gets guys draped on him the whole route, but you don’t see him getting pi calls except if he exaggerates like he did yesterday.

    He reminds me of Shaq. So physically dominating that no one – even the refs – can figure out how to call it fair.

  10. I love hearing teams like the Pats or the Packers complain about the refs because 1-2 games don’t go your way. Try being a Lions fan….it’s all 16 games.

    TJ Lang has more penalties in 4 games with the Lions that he had total in his last 35 with the pack. You want to know why the teams like the Pack and Pats feel they can let established vets go and roll with younger less talented players……because when you get away with holding on every play you don’t need top-flight OL.

  11. “If we don’t get the calls, we don’t get them, we still have to go out and play better than we’ve played. It’s just about us doing our job better, all of us. And we can. It’s not like that was the best game we could possibly play and we lost.”

    Brady owned it but the trolls will twist it into something else because that’s what they do.

  12. This is rich. They called it like they saw it for once, instead of giving your team everything on a silver platter. About time.

  13. jackodn says:
    October 2, 2017 at 1:25 pm
    “… he uses his upper arm to push off to gain separation”

    Every. Single. Receiver. in the NFL does that. Gronk also gets guys draped on him the whole route, but you don’t see him getting pi calls except if he exaggerates like he did yesterday.
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    True that. Any every excellent corner in this league uses their arms to lock down a receivers arms (without actually grasping or clinching) so the receiver can’t extend. Revis was the absolute master at it and only got called on it occasionally. These guys take what the officiating crews give them. Some call certain infractions, some don’t. The operative here is to know what the crew leans towards and coach the players up on it. I’m sure that comes up in meetings during the week.

  14. You want to know why the teams like the Pack and Pats feel they can let established vets go and roll with younger less talented players……because when you get away with holding on every play you don’t need top-flight OL.
    =====

    The Packers hold on every play?

    Rodgers sack% is one of the worst for active QBs… Twice he has taken the most sacks, 2nd just 2 years ago, 6 of 9 years he has been top 10.

    If the Packers ‘[hold] every play’, I fail to see how its helped them much.

  15. “Why is it called the “Area 51” defense? Because nobody knows what is going on out there.”

    As Pat’s fan, I can honestly say, that’s funny right there! Funny, because it’s true.

  16. The first hands to the face penalty was pretty ticky tack, but whatever… it is what it is. The second one? I don’t know how you make that call in THAT situation on 3rd down with the game on the line when the man’s index finger barely grazed the receiver’s facemask. That’s not even accounting for that ridiculous holding call on a running play that essentially decided the game. Even the head of officiating said you can’t call holding on the defense on a running play as they have every right to try and break away from the blocking receiver which is exactly what Chung did. Now, with that said… it doesn’t matter because when facing a team that has scored 1 touchdown in 3 games, there is absolutely zero reasons the Patriots should’ve even allowed the Panthers to be close enough for a bad call to effect the outcome. This Patriots defense is embarrassing and an all around joke.

  17. If you are a fan of the Dolphins, the Jets or the Bills you have seen the refereeing the Patriots have received over the years.
    Good to see the shoe on the other foot.
    Hopefully, the refs keep up the fine work.

  18. Stop, Tom, please. Just stop with this nonsense about the officials hurting your team. You guys simply got outplayed down the stretch. Your team’s defense has been pretty awful this year, and that was really apparent yesterday. The officials didn’t influence the outcome of this game; the lack of a solid defense is what did you in.

  19. We the faithful fans don’t wanna hear any excuses Tom. This is the best team surrounding you in a while and probably ever. The defense will jell by December for those complaining about it. It is 17-2 for this team or bust.

  20. Tom may regret throwing the refs under the bus before “owning” it as the homers are so proud to boast. Come on Tom is whining tactfully…..the refs will not forget.

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