Tom Brady: “It’s a difficult year”

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Few teams that start 3-0 with a trio of blowout victories can call the season “difficult.” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is using that very term.

During his weekly Monday night interview with Jim Gray of Westwood One, Brady addressed the events surrounding the acquisition and departure of Antonio Brown, starting with Brady’s reported comment that he was “100 percent” on board with signing Brown two weeks ago.

“That was supposed to be a private conversation,” Brady said, “but one thing I’ve certainly learned over 20 years of playing football is I can control what I can control. I’m gonna show up every day to do the best job I can do to be a leader of the team, to embrace new teammates, to embrace the coaching, the challenges that we are all going to face. It’s a difficult year. We’re all faced with different adversities, different teams at different times. We’ve had our fair share and we are going to do our very best to overcome whatever is presented in front of us the entire season.”

Without Brown, with Rob Gronkowski retired, and with Julian Edelman now injured, Brady has fewer targets as he prepares to return to Buffalo, where Brady is often the target of certain flying objects with his name written on them.

“It’s definitely a challenging situation that we are facing with depth and so forth,” Brady said. “We are going on the road against a very good defensive football team. Anytime you lose great players it definitely takes a hit to your offense. The reality is we are facing a very challenging game coming up. We will go do the best we can do based on the circumstances that we have. No one is ever feeling sorry for the Patriots nor should they. I’ve got a job to do and I’m going to go out and try to do it with whoever is out there and I’m going to do it the best way I possibly can.”

Brady also was asked about reports that coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft disagreed regarding whether to cut Brown.

“There are always reports and speculation about a lot of things that I have said or have not said or been a part of,” Brady said. “The reality is I don’t make any personnel decisions.I don’t decide to sign players.I don’t decide to trade them. I don’t decide to release them.I don’t decide to draft them. I don’t get asked. I show up and I do my job. I’m an employee like everyone else. I’m going to show up this week and do the best I can do as quarterback. Maybe one day I will be an owner and I can make all the decisions that I want. I would probably have to play another 20 years in the NFL to be able to afford that.”

If Brady had pushed for every dollar he’s worth over the first 20 years of his NFL career, maybe he’d already be able to buy a team. But that’s not the point. The point is that he’s very much adhering to the “do your job” mantra that has characterized the second wave of the New England dynasty. And Brady will have to do his job on Sunday without Brown, without Gronk, and possibly without Edelman.

43 responses to “Tom Brady: “It’s a difficult year”

  1. He’s right, no one is going to feel sorry for the Patriots…NE just does what they do…they put 11 players on the field to play 11 other players. Strap on the helmet and “do your job.”

  2. Could see Bill wanting to keep Mr. Big Chest. Anything to win a game of football. Just like Urban Liar at Florida. He could have a team of convicts and cheaters but it doesn’t matter if it helps him win games.

  3. LOL…’its a difficult year’ says the guy who plays in a division that now seems at least 2 teams are folding or rolling over (Dolphins and jets) while 1 may challenge them but not certain…
    The ref of the schedule appears that their may be 3 teams that could pose a challenge…
    AFc should just hand them the championship and wait and see who will emerge out of the NfC which is way more entertaining…

  4. Just imagine how much more difficult it would be if you hadn’t spent your entire career in a division with the inept Bills, Jets, and Dolphins organizations…or if your team hadn’t videotaped the opponents’ defensive signals to get an idea of what kind of defensive coverage you were facing before the ball was even snapped…or if your headcoach/GM had any qualms whatsoever about adding low quality dishonorable people like Antonio Brown to the team. No telling how difficult the year would be then.

  5. Oh, just shut up already. Brady has been surrounded by the best coaching and players and he still had to cheat and lie. If you had been drafted by any other team you’d be retired with a lot less Super Bowls.

    We’re tired of your arrogance, lies and low morals.

    You were 1,000,000% in on signing Brown because you care about winning over morals.

  6. As much as i hate him for 20 years of torture as a fin fan , I think he is probably an egomaniac I respect his work ethic and professionalism.. That being said by no fault of his own i think he plays a part in the NFL ratings dying down.. The freaking pats have been in the past 3 superbowls and every year the ratings go down,down,down.. I don’t think i’m the only one here who is freaking tired of Tom and the Patriots in the superbowl every year.. Makes me almost want to give up football

  7. As Chauncey Billups used to say, “ if it ain’t rough it ain’t right”. For two decades it has been great to watch this player and his team take on adversity, and a variety of forms. Six times they actually got to the top of the mountain! The other times, they put up a hell of a fight.

  8. Ok, I didn’t buy ESPN story about the dynasty ending.

    I jokinly said 2 weeks, “AB will be the one that will finally end the dynasty.”

    However, the more I am looking at everything since last Friday…the more I am wondering if this rift between Brady and Belichick vs Kraft has some legs to it.

    I hope I am dead wrong on this.

    But here me out…

    NOT one Patriots player has unfollowed AB after he called out Kraft, not even Belichick’s girlfriend. It might not seem like a big deal, although almost every single Raider and Steeler has unfollowed AB.

    On top of that, Edelman has liked almost every post since AB got released…including every post AFTER AB called out Kraft’s massage thing earlier this year.

    Now, this piece.

    There are 2 things that stand out to me:

    His converstation with Kraft that Kraft leaded to Al Michaels. Brady said, “That was supposed to be a private conversation.”

    And then this final piece…

    “The reality is I don’t make any personnel decisions.I don’t decide to sign players.I don’t decide to trade them. I don’t decide to release them…..Maybe one day I will be an owner and I can make all the decisions that I want. I would probably have to play another 20 years in the NFL to be able to afford that.”

    Why is this line important? Because anyone that has followed Brady closely the past 5 plus years knows that Brady doesn’t want to coach or own a team. – TB12 and extending players careers his life focus after the NFL.

    So why would Brady say a line about “Maybe I will be an owner and I can make all the decisions that I want.”

    I don’t know…I might be readign way too much into this. However, this is the first time that I am actually worried about a rift between an owner, coach and QB.

    All I know is 2 things: AB is a dumbass regardless what happens to him down the road with his civil suit.

    The other thing is that AB’s toxictiy level to an organzation is off the charts.

  9. Remember the days when it wasn’t being tracked who followed who, who liked who, who unfollowed or unliked, and then it gets breathlessly reported, gossiped, and discussed? Im only talking about in social media here and not referring to when we were in grade school where that has always gone on. Social media sounded like such a good idea at the beginning.

  10. LOL…’its a difficult year’ says the guy who plays in a division that now seems at least 2 teams are folding or rolling over

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    You are reinforcing the fact that the Patshave been champions for 20 years consistently even though they have had to overcome challenges. The cheating comissioner, the media, Hernandez to name a few.

    There are plenty of things off the field that could cause them to “fold.”

    But it doesn’t happen.

    But people keep waiting for some reason.

  11. Thetruthspeaks says:
    September 24, 2019 at 1:28 am
    Oh, just shut up already. Brady has been surrounded by the best coaching and players and he still had to cheat and lie. If you had been drafted by any other team you’d be retired with a lot less Super Bowls.

    We’re tired of your arrogance, lies and low morals.

    You were 1,000,000% in on signing Brown because you care about winning over morals.

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    The math was the most accurate part of that statement.

  12. Total baloney, Tom. You may not make the final decision, but BB values your opinion and ASKS you your opinion, trying to appears his QB more often than not.

    Stop whining about Gronk or Antonio Brown. We’re supposed to believe he was staying in your guest house that quickly by accident or you didn’t know about BB trying to trade for him last spring? Please.

    You were giddy with DeMarius Thomas in preseason and now you refuse to spend time working with Meyers or Olezewaski. Heck, it took you a year to even look at Dorsett and he’s a very good WR now.

    Time to get to work, Tom. Time to get to work.

  13. It’s true that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Adversity has tried to kill the Patriots since 2007. Adversity has only made the Pats stronger.

  14. belichickdominatedjoemontana says:
    September 24, 2019 at 7:55 am
    Ok, I didn’t buy ESPN story about the dynasty ending.

    I jokinly said 2 weeks, “AB will be the one that will finally end the dynasty.”

    However, the more I am looking at everything since last Friday…the more I am wondering if this rift between Brady and Belichick vs Kraft has some legs to it.

    I hope I am dead wrong on this.

    But here me out…

    NOT one Patriots player has unfollowed AB after he called out Kraft, not even Belichick’s girlfriend. It might not seem like a big deal, although almost every single Raider and Steeler has unfollowed AB.

    On top of that, Edelman has liked almost every post since AB got released…including every post AFTER AB called out Kraft’s massage thing earlier this year.

    Now, this piece.

    There are 2 things that stand out to me:

    His converstation with Kraft that Kraft leaded to Al Michaels. Brady said, “That was supposed to be a private conversation.”

    And then this final piece…

    “The reality is I don’t make any personnel decisions.I don’t decide to sign players.I don’t decide to trade them. I don’t decide to release them…..Maybe one day I will be an owner and I can make all the decisions that I want. I would probably have to play another 20 years in the NFL to be able to afford that.”

    Why is this line important? Because anyone that has followed Brady closely the past 5 plus years knows that Brady doesn’t want to coach or own a team. – TB12 and extending players careers his life focus after the NFL.

    So why would Brady say a line about “Maybe I will be an owner and I can make all the decisions that I want.”

    I don’t know…I might be readign way too much into this. However, this is the first time that I am actually worried about a rift between an owner, coach and QB.

    All I know is 2 things: AB is a dumbass regardless what happens to him down the road with his civil suit.

    The other thing is that AB’s toxictiy level to an organzation is off the charts.

    6 7 Rate This

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    I think you are missing the idea that players maybe know stuff he is going through and just want to support that part of it, outside of anything else that really isn’t their business.

    You Millennials put way too much stock in “likes” and “friending” and all this other immature garbage that doesn’t mean anything in life.

  15. vicnocal says:
    September 24, 2019 at 12:52 am
    Just imagine how much more difficult it would be if you hadn’t spent your entire career in a division with the inept Bills, Jets, and Dolphins organizations…or if your team hadn’t videotaped the opponents’ defensive signals to get an idea of what kind of defensive coverage you were facing before the ball was even snapped…or if your headcoach/GM had any qualms whatsoever about adding low quality dishonorable people like Antonio Brown to the team. No telling how difficult the year would be then.
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    Brady could have played in the AFCN. He has slapped that division around for the past 20 years. You do know any team can video tape opponents signals, right? Maybe its just a secret to you. If the videotaping was the thing that got the Pats over the hump then why do they still have the best record, most SB appearances and most SB wins since 2007? Please name a team that does not have a dishonorable player on it. The hate is strong in this one.

  16. Jasonfinfan1 says:
    September 24, 2019 at 3:12 am
    As much as i hate him for 20 years of torture as a fin fan , I think he is probably an egomaniac I respect his work ethic and professionalism.. That being said by no fault of his own i think he plays a part in the NFL ratings dying down.. The freaking pats have been in the past 3 superbowls and every year the ratings go down,down,down.. I don’t think i’m the only one here who is freaking tired of Tom and the Patriots in the superbowl every year.. Makes me almost want to give up football

    5 9 Rate This

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    Absolutely. BB and Brady have broken the NFL. This is why Goodell and the owners went along with Framegate II and why Framegate I exists.

    They knew 15 years ago that the Pats would threaten to destroy the NFL with BB and Brady’s brilliance.

  17. Thetruthspeaks says:
    September 24, 2019 at 1:28 am
    Oh, just shut up already. Brady has been surrounded by the best coaching and players and he still had to cheat and lie. If you had been drafted by any other team you’d be retired with a lot less Super Bowls.

    We’re tired of your arrogance, lies and low morals.

    You were 1,000,000% in on signing Brown because you care about winning over morals.
    ——————————
    When the truth speaks, nobody listens.

    What team do you root for? It is a very simple question that I hope you can answer. My guess is you will not.

  18. As a Bills fan, I respect Brady and Belichick. You cannot deny they are the best. What I hate are the arrogant Pats fans.

  19. tyelee says:
    September 24, 2019 at 12:15 am
    LOL…’its a difficult year’ says the guy who plays in a division that now seems at least 2 teams are folding or rolling over

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    This isn’t an AFC East thing. There is really only one team in the entire AFC that even has a chance of challenging the Pats. Whether that is their fault or not depends on whether you credit them or criticize the others for that fact.

  20. I took his comment to mean the football season in general “is a difficult year” just like every year for a professional athlete. Never mind the challenges of starting over at the bottom of the mountain with new players on the roster.

  21. There are so many Brady haters on here. How sad your lives must be to comment the same thing on every pats or Brady a article. You guys play a lot of what if’s and buts games. If he was drafted by another team, if he had a different coach, if had this or had that. You people are pathetic.

  22. “That being said by no fault of his own i think he plays a part in the NFL ratings dying down.. The freaking pats have been in the past 3 superbowls and every year the ratings go down,down,down.. I don’t think i’m the only one here who is freaking tired of Tom and the Patriots in the superbowl every year.. Makes me almost want to give up football”

    The problem isn’t Brady and the Pats. The problem is much of the rest of the league. Terrible coaching abounds. At least a dozen of the owners have zero interest in putting a highly competitive product on the field, only in collecting the huge TV money checks and being far enough under the cap to pick up additional millions because the TV checks aren’t enough to service their greed. The revenue sharing from the TV money is the worst thing to ever happen to the league. If they shared half the money and the other half was distributed based on 256 shares for 256 regular season games, each win getting one of those shares then the crappy owners would be forced to try and compete.

    And I agree, the football world has Patriots fatigue. But don’t be upset with the Pats for working their rear ends off to stay at the top when a lot of other teams don’t make the effort.

    The softening of the game also has had major unintended impacts. It used to be if you didn’t have a top tier QB but had an ok one, you could have a top tier defense that would allow you to compete against the better teams. Now with what defenders can do gutted its much harder for teams without a top tier QB to compete.

    Yes its good there are fewer concussions, helmet to helmet hit etc no one wants the players to be vegetables in their old age. But there could be a middle ground that would allow defense to make up more of the difference.

    So instead of blaming the Pats, blame the real culprits, the crappy owners and coaches around the league that make parity a joke

  23. I think any team with a QB that is considered the franchise guy will be lucky if that QB can be close to the professional that TB12 is.

  24. The AB thing is irrelevant. After the last incident he was going on the Exempt List. Pats just saved having to pay him. This morals thing some haters are harping on is a joke. Try fielding an NFL team with those standards.

  25. It’s not it just the softening of the game that’s causing ratings to drop it’s the soft, self entitled, political nature of the players that’s driving ratings down more than anything. It’s not because of the Tom Brady and the patriots . It’s players like brown, Kap, Reid and long that make people want to do their laundry on Sunday rather than watching these clowns that care more about the social media and social justice bs than playing the actual game. The nba is just as bad. owners need to take back control of their teams and the ridiculous salary demands. Not every player needs to be the newest highly paid at that position. Here’s hoping for a lock out in both sports to set the world right again.

  26. To all the Brady haters, I am reminded of a post made by a young(er), wide-eyed PFT commenter years ago, when hard working hamsters provided true “green” power for the PFT servers and Florio still had all of his own hair:

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    tj.52 says:
    March 12, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    ==inhaling==
    ==exhaling==
    My God, I love the fresh smell of envy and hate in the afternoon.
    Brady has smashed all of your loser teams at some point and will continue to do so.
    Carry on.

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    Carry on, indeed.

  27. vicnocal says:

    September 24, 2019 at 12:52 am

    1. Just imagine how much more difficult it would be if you hadn’t spent your entire career in a division with the inept Bills, Jets, and Dolphins organizations…

    2.
    or if your team hadn’t videotaped the opponents’ defensive signals to get an idea of what kind of defensive coverage you were facing before the ball was even snapped…

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    1. This has been proven time and time again that their record outside the division is almost identical to their record within the division.

    2. This is perfectly legal and all teams do it. All the Patriots were doing that was against the rules was taping from the sidelines. “Spygate” was completely overblown.

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