Tom Brady has been involved in plenty of games over the years that have seen him and the Patriots rally to win games despite missing players from the lineup that many would have called crucial to their chances of coming out on top.
Being in the middle of wins under those conditions is different than being one of those conditions, something Brady is getting to experience this year while he serves his four-game suspension. He’s watched the Patriots for two weeks and seen them win twice without their quarterback, tight end Rob Gronkowski and other pieces, something that’s left an impression familiar to those who have watched the team over the Bill Belichick years.
“I was hoping to gain a little different perspective, and I think I have,” Brady said on Westwood One Radio, via ESPN.com. “It’s amazing the way our team responds to adversity and the way our coaches prepare us for all these different situations that we face. I’m just proud of the guys for how hard they’re working. You can see it on TV, and obviously it’s really paying off. It’s great to be a fan of the Patriots and it’s really great to be a player on the Patriots. I definitely have gained that perspective, and hopefully we get to 3-0 on Thursday night.”
It looks like they’ll be trying to get to 3-0 with Jacoby Brissett making his first NFL start in place of the injured Jimmy Garoppolo. That’s the sort of thing that looks like a death knell for most teams, but the Patriots’ history says chances are that it will be hard to find too many writing them off on Thursday night against the Texans even if Julian Edelman winds up as the quarterback.