Brady sees different team, five weeks after loss to Chiefs

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Five weeks ago, the sky wasn’t falling in New England; it already fell.  With 12 games left and a team that seemed to be overmatched, the questions wasn’t if but when the standings would reflect that more than a decade of dominance had ended.

And then the dominance returned.  As if it never left.  Five straight wins later, quarterback Tom Brady was asked about a team that seems like a different squad than it was as of Week Four.

“[H]opefully we can keep making improvements and we’re a lot better five weeks from now, also,” Brady said.  “We’re at a decent place, we really are.  We’ve put ourselves in a good position, but it doesn’t mean anything.  You’ve got to go out there and you’ve got to do it, and we’ve got to do it at a higher level than what we’ve done.  We’ve talked about all the things we need to do today to make the improvements, and we’ll start working on them today.  We’ll take this time as an opportunity to really get ahead on Indianapolis because it’ll be the biggest game of the year.”

It comes on November 16 on NBC, after both teams emerge from their bye weeks.  During the time off, Brady may need to work on his cardio, based on the decision to run from the sideline to the end zone to congratulate Julian Edelman on an 84-yard punt return that went for a touchdown.

“I was kind of winded,” Brady said.  “That was probably the longest I’ve ran in a long time.  It was a great reason to do it.  Jules is just, he’s awesome.  I love that guy.  He’s just a special person, player, friend.  We’ve had a lot of time together over the years, so we’ve got a real special bond.”

That bond was strengthened with Edelman, who added nine catches for 89 yards and another touchdown in Sunday’s win over the Broncos.  Brady didn’t have to run quite as ran for that one; he was already on the field, and it was a five-yard play.

32 responses to “Brady sees different team, five weeks after loss to Chiefs

  1. The biggest difference is that the KC game “featured” a patchwork O-line. Now we have the right 5 guys up front. But we still need to be concerned about the depth of that line.

    Otherwise things have come together nicely. I am even starting to appreciate Josh again after the Denver game.

  2. So training camp lasted till the 4th game of the season.. No big deal. Some teams take longer to gel, than others. But you can’t deny that even 15 years into his career, it’s still a LOT of fun to watch a master, who loves his craft… do his thing.

    Adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it.

  3. Every team is different and continues to change as the season goes along. The Pats are no different than any other team in that respect.

    Whether it changes for the better or worse for each team, that’s a different thing.

  4. Two thoughts: first, the Chiefs are a good team particularly in Arrowhead, and second the Patriots appeared to be wearing ice skates. Seriously, go back and watch that game and count how many times Patriots players wiped out just trying to turn around. The equipment managers got that straightened out in a hurry.

  5. I know, I know, fantasy football is stupid but I was offered a trade of Cordarrelle Patterson and Tom Brady for Phillip Rivers after the Pats-Chief game. I took it in a heartbeat. I knew Brady wasn’t that bad and Rivers has his good games but, like last week, had a -3 point game.

    Rivers isn’t going to the Hall of Fame. Brady is. Winners just win.

  6. Edelman’s punt return should’ve been negated by a blatant, non-call blocking in the back penalty. How many times a year do we have to see the Patriots get away with calls? Must be that Robert Kraft/Roger Goodell BFF love connection lol…..

  7. To be clear, the sky was never falling in New England. The sky was falling in the Boston media and on blogs about how the dynasty is over and Brady is past his prime, but in Foxboro they were on to Cincinnati.

    There was never any doubt in the locker room about who this team was and what they could do, it just took time to get all the pieces in place.

  8. What has really impressed me about Brady this year is how well he is moving in the pocket while keeping his eyes downfield. In the past he might have stepped up or did a shoulder dip to avoid a tackle or a strip sack but now he is on the prowl to his left but mostly his right to give guys time to get open deep. Look at the average catch of his five top receivers against Denver and only Vereen averaged less than 10 yards-per-catch. For those of you who watched Inside the NFL this week, you could see and hear why his teammates love him, especially when he spoke about Gronk’s one-handed catch.

  9. sb44champs says:
    Nov 5, 2014 2:22 PM
    Edelman’s punt return should’ve been negated by a blatant, non-call blocking in the back penalty. How many times a year do we have to see the Patriots get away with calls? Must be that Robert Kraft/Roger Goodell BFF love connection lol…..

    Why is it all these people crying about the non call block in the back (that Mike Cary said wasn’t a block in the back) mention nothing about the non call holding on Chung on Denver’s first TD????

  10. I remember there was a time when Pats fans would dismiss regular season runs like this… Because “none of it mattered”… It was all “about the post season”.

    That was at a time they were 9-1 in the post season…

    Conveniently, since they’ve gone about 8-8 in playoffs since then, its now the regular season success that makes Brady so great… Despite his QBR and win/loss record plummeting in the playoffs since his dominant defenses of the early 2000’s are long gone and he has to carry the load.

    Just an “average” QB in the playoffs… Just like that “other” guy they always try to bring down because of playoff struggles.

    Bradys legacy is based on a dominant defense, just like Eli and Big Ben. This guy struggles in big games as much as anyone else. Sorry… Its the truth

  11. The Patriots in the Tom Brady era typically tend to start off pretty slow and that’s because the team is still taking time to get used to one another and is still learning the schemes. Hell look at Pittsburgh they looked awful up until recently because that’s what happens when you introduce new people to the scheme they are still learning it. Once the team picks up what the offense of the defense is really like then it becomes instinct which is what happened with the Patriots. Also, when Trent Dilfer said the Patriots aren’t good anymore I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard. The Chiefs are a good team with an underrated roster that’s all there is to it they’re a damn good team that whipped the Pats badly so you have to give respect to them.

  12. With the internet and intense media scrutiny, everything is so much faster now. Including
    judgements and opinions. People wanna be first
    with an idea or an opinion to make themselves
    look good in the media. And they end up
    embarrassing themselves.

    There’s a lesson to be learned here…NO question.

  13. Bradys legacy is based on a dominant defense, just like Eli and Big Ben. This guy struggles in big games as much as anyone else. Sorry… Its the truth


    So we can add JOE Montana to that list also?

    For all 4 of his SB victories his D was rank in the top 4 for that season

    It’s a lame argument you can’t segment it down he is 18-8 best all time.

  14. @superbowl 44

    Shouldn’t you be figuring how the Saints can get over. 500 in the NFC South, aka “the ebola conference”?
    .

  15. citizenstrange says:
    Nov 5, 2014 1:58 PM
    Brady is talking pretty big now since Kraft’s good buddy Goodell let the Patriots duck the Steelers this year.

    ?????

    1st place division winners..only play other 1st place division winners….Last year…NE threw up what…60 points on steelers.

    You should be thankful…it’s 1 less loss..and your steelers have been tortured by Brady & NE…for many years.

  16. Bradys legacy is based on a dominant defense, just like Eli and Big Ben. This guy struggles in big games as much as anyone else. Sorry… Its the truth

    —————-

    The Patriots did not have a dominant defense when they won their first SB.

  17. Did you hear Belichick after the game telling the players “great game” but “seven wins doesn’t get you anything in this league”? Then, when the players came out of the locker room, they all were repeating Bill’s mantra that “seven wins doesn’t get you anything in this league”. Patriots fans love that stuff but it drives fans form other teams crazy. Why? Because it works.

  18. Funny cause the Dolphins can say the same thing… After our loss to the Chiefs, we are on Roll too (plus we beat you guys), just sayin’

  19. Without the Colts kicker winning multiple Super Bowls for New England, Brady and Belichick would be long gone by now. The fact that New England let the greatest clutch kicker of all time walk, therefore dooming the Pats to a lifetime of mediocrity, should dispel any talk of “the Patriot Way”. See you chumps in a couple of weeks. Oh yeah I forgot to say thanks. Go Colts.

  20. citizenstrange says: Nov 5, 2014 1:58 PM

    Brady is talking pretty big now since Kraft’s good buddy Goodell let the Patriots duck the Steelers this year.
    ==================================

    Yeah, Brady’s only 7-2 Vs the Steelers (2-0 in AFC Championship games). He really worries about them.

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