Tom Brady blames recent rash of interceptions on bad decisions

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After throwing only two interception in his team’s first 10 games, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has now through six in the last five, including at least one in each game. So how can he reverse that trend as the most important games of the season approach?

“I think it’s just making smart decisions,” Brady told reporters on Friday. “Whenever they get their hands on it, it’s not a good thing for the offense. Putting it in places where only we can touch it or we can catch it is important, especially understanding the situations in the games. We’ve been able to overcome a few of those but, obviously, like at Miami, we didn’t overcome them and ball possession is going to be extremely important in this game [against the Jets]. We always try to do no turnovers. That’s a good goal for us. That’s what we should have every week. I can certainly do a better job than I’ve done protecting it and it’s going to be really important.”

It’s going to be important for some philosophical reasons that Brady addressed, which are obvious but nevertheless critical.

“Turnovers have a great correlation towards winning or losing,” he said. “So when you give the ball up, obviously, it limits your opportunity to score and it increases their opportunity. It’s all risk-reward for a quarterback. I mean, I’m never trying to throw them. Sometimes you try to make a throw and they make a good play. Sometimes you try to make a throw, they don’t make much of a play and they still come up with the ball because I made a really bad decision. If they make a great play, then they make a great play. But you try to eliminate the ones where you just really hand them possession of the ball. We just have to do a great job of it this game and moving forward. We can’t do anything about the past. We’re just going to have to look forward and do a better job of this game, and next game and as far as we go.”

The Patriots are still good enough to overcome an interception; the only game they lost in the last five came when Brady threw two interceptions. (He threw a fairly significant interception during a fairly significant game in February, and things worked out.) As he gets farther and farther past his 40th birthday, it makes sense to monitor whether Father Time has finally whacked Brady over the head with his weapon of choice.

37 responses to “Tom Brady blames recent rash of interceptions on bad decisions

  1. So he’s 12-3 in those games right? OK. Just checking. #1 seed in the AFC? Ok. MVP of the league front runner? OK. I think he’s doing fine.

  2. What does his age have to do with interceptions? It seems especially strange to shoehorn that in after a long statement about him needing to make better decisions. He didn’t mention anything about losing a step or not being able to zing the ball as well.

  3. “If they make a great play, then they make a great play. But you try to eliminate the ones where you just really hand them possession of the ball.”

    It’s funny how even though it works against him Brady can appreciate that sometimes the other guy gets it done. For some reason the trolls always manage to convince themselves that a player failed or choked instead of recognizing one of the basic truths of the game, there are two sides on the field and sometimes it’s the other guy that gets it right. We call that football

  4. sportzfan says:

    December 30, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    So he’s 12-3 in those games right? OK. Just checking. #1 seed in the AFC? Ok. MVP of the league front runner? OK. I think he’s doing fine.
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    Not the front runner, not even close. The front runner should be Al Riveron, if not front runner from MVP of the league, he for sure is for the Patriots.

  5. We saw this happen to Peyton Manning to. But it quickly became evident the issue was his decreasing arm strength, not his decision making.

  6. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    December 30, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    It’s looking more and more like Belichick traded the wrong QB.
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    Oh chipwib you so funny. Of course we understand that’s how it looks to you but it’s only because your view is distorted from always looking up.

  7. Some bad decisions the last few games were very un-Brady like. May or may not be because he’s beat up a little. Still should be the front runner for MVP though. Funny that some Bills fans are still arguing that replay official should get it! Guess they missed the second half of that game.

  8. Lol…. Brady could playgoers 4 more years & steadily decline in each of those years & STILL be a top five QB…. I can live with that….. gives the Pats PLENTY of time to groom a new QB while STILL competing for Lombardi’s during that time……

  9. tennesseeoilers says:
    December 30, 2017 at 4:26 pm
    We saw this happen to Peyton Manning to. But it quickly became evident the issue was his decreasing arm strength, not his decision making.

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    Exactly right. And only time will tell which of those two things is going on with Brady or if it is an injury.

  10. Brady won’t be making any bad decisions this week. His OLINE will be allowed by the refs, as is often the case, to hold on every play. It’s been going on for weeks. People have been focused, with good reason, on the help the Patriots have been getting from the officials reversing TDs.

  11. The GOAT takes personal responsibility for his interceptions. No talk of headset communication, coaches, refs, route running. And the haters wonder why the Patriots win.

  12. ThankGod the ALL the refs & the LEAGUE office is in Krafts pockets or else the Patriots couldn’t win a game…. I mean they stink so bad the only way they can win is due to the refs OBVIOUS BIAS toward the Patriots…..
    Brady stinks & is only average with any other team as he’s just a system QB & BB is only good because he exploits & bends the rules…. he was horrible with the Browns!!!!
    Goodell covers up for the Patriots….

    Does that cover it?? Did I miss anything??
    I’m sure the tinfoil caps will let me know….
    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE that the Patriots own so much real estate in the minds of the jealous & week minded sheeple out there!!!
    Go Pats!!!

  13. What more can we say other than Tom Brady has been beyon any doubt the best QB the game has ever seen. He’s getting older like a good wine. Would any team in the league other than Philadelphia refuse his contract.

  14. It has nothing to do with bad decisions and everything to do with arm strength. Anybody notice that Brady has lost the straight shot deep ball? He arc’s his deep ball so much that Brandon Cooks has trouble adjusting to it? Cooks is used to Drew Brees strong arm and more direct deep ball. Brady can throw any excuse he wants at the media, but everyone knows that the age has finally caught up to him. It’s too bad for the Patriots that both Brady & Garoppolo are in contract years because the latter looks promising.

  15. Another Super Bowl ring is there for the taking and Tom knows it. Really interesting to observe that Brady, already knowing that he is the GOAT, publicly took accountability for his interceptions and strives to improve his game. Compare that with the plethora of young QBs who aim to knock him off the top rung every week. Brady’s superiority is in his brain.

  16. stucats says:
    December 30, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Tom might start to deflate his balls again, hey why not it worked before.
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    Everyone capable of understanding 7th grade science is laughing at you for posting that comment.

  17. helmetcatch says:
    December 30, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I added a 4th to the post above at the last second!
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    Once again chip the only one that knows what you are trying to say is you

  18. His interceptions are up because of the loss of Julian Edelman. Edelman was his security blanket and someone he could get the ball to in less than 2 seconds. He has to hold the ball longer and go through more progressions and checkdowns with the guys out there now. He lost Hogan and Mitchell too and now the pass catching running backs are also banged up. So he’s throwing deeper and to peop,e he doesn’t know as well.

  19. The pics he threw in the Bills game was a route intended for Kenny Britt where Britt stopped running and the throw was exactly where he should have been. But TB12 is too classy to say that.

  20. walker1191 says:
    December 30, 2017 at 9:23 pm
    The pics he threw in the Bills game was a route intended for Kenny Britt where Britt stopped running and the throw was exactly where he should have been. But TB12 is too classy to say that.

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    Laughable. Brady has the responsibility to see the double coverage and throw on time. Did Amendola run a bad route on brady’s sb 51 pick 6?

  21. Real reason for the INTS? Tom has been forgetting to signal to the refs for a flag. Gronk has been remembering though. Refs have been obliging.

  22. tucats says:
    December 30, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Tom might start to deflate his balls again, hey why not it worked before.
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    You obviously did not watch the game. The truth is the exact OPPOSITE of your clueless post. Once the 11.8 psi balls were removed and replaced with 12.5 psi balls (LOL), Brady did much BETTER and destroyed the crybaby Colts in the second half. LMAO. You clowns are, well, just that….clowns.

  23. Temps are expected to be quite low tomorrow, possibly sub 20. Tom’s ball boys won’t need to take the balls into a lockable bathroom to “take a leak” this time.

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