Tom Brady: I don’t make excuses or blame the referees

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There were several calls by officials that went against the Patriots in Sunday’s 23-16 loss to the Chiefs, including incorrectly ruling that wide receiver N'Keal Harry stepped out of bounds before scoring on a pass from Tom Brady.

Brady was asked about the officiating during a Monday appearance on WEEI and the quarterback said “sometimes you’re the recipient of things that go your way” while other teams the breaks go the other way. That was the case on Sunday and Brady said his focus was on “all the different things we had in our control that I wish we could have done a little bit better.”

“We’re just trying to keep grinding them out and tried to put ourselves in a position there at the end with four plays in the red area and just didn’t produce well enough to get the job done,” Brady said. “I don’t ever make any excuses and I’d certainly never blame the referees. I just look at what we’ve got to do and how we have to get back to work this week and find a way to go to Cincinnati and get a win.”

Brady was 8-of-12 for 95 yards and a touchdown while targeting Julian Edelman on Sunday. He was 11-of-24 for 74 yards to the team’s other receivers and finding a way to get the offense going would be a good way of getting back on track.

That’s easier said than done, but it remains the most obvious way for the Patriots to step up their game ahead of the postseason.

118 responses to “Tom Brady: I don’t make excuses or blame the referees

  1. #Leader Never whine about the officials, or the weather, or the condition of the ball….

    Just play.

    These things happen to everyone all all levels of sports. Love the fact that he just focused on what he (and his teammates) could do better.

    That’s what adults do – well done sir

  2. They had plenty of chances to win the game. Brady knows it. His fanboys don’t. Lost to all three AFC division leaders. No Soup(erbowl) for you.

  3. vancouversportsbro says:
    December 9, 2019 at 11:08 am
    Yeah, you do. And so do your fans twice as much.

    And this is why people like YOU are pathetic!

    This guy always says the right thing never throws anyone under the bus
    And you still try and turn it in to a negative!

    Still not over Tom ENDING your Seahawks one year dynasty…

    So sad!

  4. There’s no point in talking about it now since Goodell gave the orders and he did it again.

    Pats fans are used to this. It’s been going on for over a decade since Goodell took over.

    Prior to Goodell, creepy things like this never happened.

  5. Hats off too kc they were the better team yesterday no excuses . Lots of ball left gotta ignore the noise and keep grinding 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

  6. Where are the Pats fans that usually claim the team lost on purpose, so that if they play KC again, they won’t have tipped their hand?

    Besides, Brady isn’t going to badmouth the refs.
    He knows which side his bread is buttered.

  7. Tom Brady is the G.O.A.T. He NEVER makes excuses for losses. He is an adult and win lose or draw he always answers the post game press conference questions like a man, without yelling at the questioner or talking down to them. He seems like a great dad, husband. All his peers respect him and talk highly of him. Yet he receives more hate from opposing fans, pundits, etc.. than the vast majority of athletes in this country. Says alot about life in America in 2019

  8. vikesfansteve says:

    That’s rich. Does he also have a bridge to sell me?

    _______________

    No, just a $200 cookbook.

  9. Throwing flags and then picking them up is kind of a new trend. Do the refs consult with NY on that? I don’t know.

    Stunning to hear boos yesterday. I don’t think they were at Brady though.

  10. zappa73 says:

    December 9, 2019 at 11:10 am

    #Leader Never whine about the officials, or the weather, or the condition of the ball….

    Just play.

    These things happen to everyone all all levels of sports. Love the fact that he just focused on what he (and his teammates) could do better.

    That’s what adults do – well done sir

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    Someone needs to send your message to Sean Peyton, who is becoming a professional crybaby.

  11. I’m satisfied they were the better team. And relieved. What should mot get lost in the shuffle is that the D held Mahomes to fewer points than they did in the two victories last year. And the O will improve– not to mention the fact it will perform a little better in the postseason.

    I still wish they would reconsider on Brown. They could be putting up 30 a game.
    A rematch would likely be in New England again, and I see the Patriots jumping out to bigger leads in the playoffs over the same teams they lost to in the regular season

  12. 50DrunksInABar says:
    December 9, 2019 at 11:24 am
    Payback for Myles Jack call in the playoffs 2 years ago.

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    Oh, you mean the one where Lewis re-possessed the ball to his thigh and had it all the way to the ground, and they changed the rules again not acknowledging the ground can’t cause a fumble?

    You people are amazing. Payback my rear end. Learn the rules.

  13. andyr2120 says:
    December 9, 2019 at 11:24 am
    He makes plenty of excuses for the referees when they make calls that benefit him

    Can you give ONE example of him “making excuses for the ref when it benefits him”?

    Oh, you can’t?

    Good job !

  14. endtimesparty says:
    December 9, 2019 at 11:28 am
    I’m satisfied they were the better team. And relieved. What should mot get lost in the shuffle is that the D held Mahomes to fewer points than they did in the two victories last year
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    Yep. Still no 300 yard passer allowed. I think the answer to the question of whether the defense can play at a high level against an elite offense has been answered with a convincing yes.

    Can’t wait to see how things play out from here. 🙂

  15. That notion is what makes you a professional, you need to succeed, not have excuses for failing. Not sure I buy Tom’s “I never”. Steelers fan here. Seen him run at and scream at officials plenty over the years. Lil.

    On another note, the message to Robert Kraft must be, get me Antonio Brown. Look at those numbers. Edelman is as good as it gets inside. Brown is his peer in terms of making the play, but outside and deeper. He is available. If Kraft is all in about winning, he will relax his feelings on this matter and pull the trigger.

  16. I still wish they would reconsider on Brown. They could be putting up 30 a game.

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    Ship has left port and his headed out to sea.

    Need better protection up front and to get the run game going. 42 year old Brady should not have more rush yards than your #1 back. I hope they coach up a good scheme to fix it.

  17. So many people have said the Pats have the refs in their pocket, especially in Foxboro.

    If that was the case, how do you explain what happened yesterday?

    I’ll wait to hear the rational explanation…..

  18. Bogers officiating team is notoriously terrible. There were at least 3-4 flags picked up as well where they got the pickup wrong every time but one. It went both ways though. Patriots have no one to blame but themselves as they didnt do anything on offense for most of the game and bi Belichick challenged an OPI and didn’t get the call all after saying himself a few weeks ago that challenging pass interference would be pointless and a waste of challenges.

  19. I am totally with TB on this one – and I am not a TB fan. Doesn’t matter that they have been on the right (wrong) side of that for almost 2 decades, but it was a classy response. Fact is that play was wrongly called. Still wouldn’t have changed the outcome (math). And throughout the rest of the game I saw poor officiating (#asexpected) throughout.

  20. Have you ever noticed that Brady is the only NFL player the refs help up from the ground? Hmmmmm……

  21. We all know Tammy Brady yells at the refs. Just look up “Tom Brady yells at refs 2013 Panthers” and you’ll see what I mean. When he knows he’s in front of a camera, he reads off a script his publicist provides him to make him sound like a robot.

  22. New doll just in time for Christmas from Mattel:

    “Cry-Brady”

    Doll cries, throws tantrums, and screams at teammate dolls (sold seperately).
    Other features available include underinflated footballs, cookbook, pool cover and “easy break” cell phone (not included).

  23. The one thing has been consistent this year for NE-
    They haven’t been able to move the ball against good teams.
    If it weren’t for defense and special teams giviunbg them the ball in the opponent’s territory, the losses to Baltimore, Houston and KC would have been even worse.

    No WRs to stretch the field beyond 10 yards and a QB that doesn’t throw beyond 10 yards if they do.

  24. Edelman throwing his helmet against KC, Brady throwing his tablet in Baltimore. Bill throwing hissy fits in press conferences.
    The frustration is running deep for NE this year.
    The writing is on the wall. They found fools gold with that easy early season schedule. Being exposed now.
    NE will have a new QB in 2020.

  25. No doubt that the Pats squandered opportunities yesterday,and the offense is bad,but that game’s officiating was horrible for BOTH teams. Brady’s not going to stand there and complain about it,and neither is Belichick or anyone else on the team. They are smart enough to know that ripping on the officials does nothing but get you into trouble.

  26. You watch, the Patriots will be the beneficiary of calls going there way the next few games to make up for that.

  27. At this point it’s pretty obvious that O line is terrible. No time for plays to develop, no gaps for RB’s to exploit, no downhill blocking for screens. With Gronk gone the formula is try to take Edelman and White out of the mix because the O line won’t hold up long enough for other receivers to get open.

  28. Can you give ONE example of him “making excuses for the ref when it benefits him”?

    Oh, you can’t?

    Good job !
    —————
    Here’s a 2018 Wash Post article on penalties drawn by NE:

    No team converted more first downs via penalties (50) than the Patriots. No team recorded more automatic first downs (43). No team gained more yards on defensive pass interference (355). Only four clubs drew more PI calls than the Pats’ 14.

  29. Where are all the fans, fan boys, whiners and complainers the trolls and haters write about? I don’t see or read them. Must be in the trolls’ heads – a whole dialogue of whiners complaining about the refs, the weather, whatever. Their heads certainly aren’t full of visions of sugarplums.

  30. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    December 9, 2019 at 11:45 am
    We all know Tammy Brady yells at the refs. Just look up “Tom Brady yells at refs 2013 Panthers” and you’ll see what I mean. When he knows he’s in front of a camera, he reads off a script his publicist provides him to make him sound like a robot.

    5 33 Rate This

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    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Is this the game where Gronk was mauled in the back of the end zone with Kuechly not playing the ball, and the ref picked up the flag by orders of the lead Goodell stooge, and then he ran off the field to hide from the obvious bagjob?

    You people are amazing.

    You will do anything to justify Goodell’s ordered cheating.

  31. When you’re an entire yard off on a spot AND review doesn’t re-spot the ball correctly, you have shenanigans. When an official says he’s not sure whether a guy stepped out or not, so they call him out anyway, you have shenanigans. When after years of training and experience you are supposed to let an apparent turnover play out and not blow it dead but you blow it dead anyway, you have shenanigans. And those are just the three most egregious calls in a horribly called game. I’m an Eagles fan, not a Patriots fan, but it was like they weren’t even trying to hide it.

  32. I get a laugh out of people calling tom washed up…as a giants fan i know what a terroble o-line looks like and boy o boy is the pats o-line TERRRRRIBLE…top that off with tommy playing with a bunch of bums that can’t get open or bums that do get open and drop passes put directly on their hands…but yes please continue on about how brady is the problem…

  33. sbchampsagain says:
    December 9, 2019 at 11:50 am
    Edelman throwing his helmet against KC, Brady throwing his tablet in Baltimore. Bill throwing hissy fits in press conferences.
    The frustration is running deep for NE this year.
    The writing is on the wall. They found fools gold with that easy early season schedule. Being exposed now.
    NE will have a new QB in 2020.

    __________________________________

    PLEASE tell us when Belichick EVER had a “hissy fit” during a press conference??? It’s all the media can do to get him to speak! That’s just not true.

  34. When the officials only mark off 5 yards of a 10 yard hands to the face penalty……
    When the officials rule out of bounds and then admit they couldn’t see the WR’s feet……
    When the officials blow the whistle on a fumble despite being instructed to let that situation play out….

    These are concrete, non-subjective, glaring issues, and the current NFL has no desire or mechanism to get them right, for any team.

  35. The refs also cheated and forced New England to go 2/12 on third down, made Brady put up a 63.3 passer rating and take 3 sacks and prevented their running game from being effective all game long. Hate to see it.

  36. vancouversportsbro says:
    December 9, 2019 at 11:08 am
    Yeah, you do. And so do your fans twice as much.
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    In stead of spouting off nonsense cut and paste one example over the last 20 years where Tom Brady blamed officials. If not, keep quiet and enjoy your little 2 win team.

  37. Brady’s response was scripted Belispeak….coach would chew him a new one if he said anything else….Brady is a puppet fraud. Watching over the years complain in game to the refs is as interesting as the game itself. Sure the calls were bad and so were the non calls like the hit out of bounds on Mahomes that had been done to Bradyand no call would have been a riot. The Pats and the fans have been spoiled by the refs favoring them……watch how many times they give Brady a hand getting up…….small gesture but telling and you Pats fans feel its a right that Brady deserves……relax like you told the Saints fans last year……
    Karma

  38. blkandgld4eva says:
    December 9, 2019 at 11:58 am
    Can you give ONE example of him “making excuses for the ref when it benefits him”?

    Oh, you can’t?

    Good job !
    —————
    Here’s a 2018 Wash Post article on penalties drawn by NE:

    No team converted more first downs via penalties (50) than the Patriots. No team recorded more automatic first downs (43). No team gained more yards on defensive pass interference (355). Only four clubs drew more PI calls than the Pats’ 14.
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    OWNED!

  39. Tom, don’t be silly. Your team is never the recipient of ridiculously bad officiating like so many others. Please…spare me.

  40. All of the people ripping on Brady WISH that he was their team’s quarterback for the past 20 years. The O-line has a lot to do with the way things are going,there is basically no run game,receivers are limited,key guys are injured. Brady deserves some blame as well,but not all of it. How do you rip a guy who has done nothing but win for most of 20 years? You’re not young forever.

  41. Vasteelerfan says:
    December 9, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Karma
    ——————-

    What is this karma thing people talk about? The Pats have to to 4 of the last 5 SBs and won 3 of them. Seems to me they have great karma.

  42. I hope everyone here knows that the last time the Patriots lost to the Chiefs in the regular season prior to playing the Bengals, they won the super bowl. This team had back to back losses last season as well. As what Dion Sanders said last week, the Patriots are going to get another receiver. Whether it’s Dez Bryant or Antonio Brown, it could certainly improve their passing game. This team will win four super bowls in six years, just like the Steelers. Count on it.

  43. Jumping up and down screaming for flags all day is not making excuses or blaming the refs? Hmmmm. Brady is the only person in the world who holds a news conference to announce he’s not blaming the refs. Yeah, we get it. Wink Wink.

  44. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    December 9, 2019 at 12:23 pm
    Jumping up and down screaming for flags all day is not making excuses or blaming the refs? Hmmmm. Brady is the only person in the world who holds a news conference to announce he’s not blaming the refs. Yeah, we get it. Wink Wink.

    Yeah , little guy.
    He didn’t hold a press conference
    He was asked a question in his weekly interview

    Smh

  45. The real reason why Brady won’t retire is because he is in a secret relationship with his trainer and doesn’t want it to be exposed. He sounds more feminine than Richard Simmons and open kisses his son on the mouth, we all know what he is hiding. He is one sick individual who needs to be investigated by the feds for more than just cheating

  46. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    December 9, 2019 at 12:23 pm
    Jumping up and down screaming for flags all day is not making excuses or blaming the refs? Hmmmm. Brady is the only person in the world who holds a news conference to announce he’s not blaming the refs. Yeah, we get it. Wink Wink.
    ——————–

    Why are you so blinded by jealousy? Brady has a weekly radio show on WEEI every week. Win or lose he goes on the show but according to you that is him calling a press conference he is not blaming the refs. My goodness you are leading the troll game on here by leaps and bounds. Congratulations!

  47. fishfan77 says:
    December 9, 2019 at 12:23 pm
    Bad call or not, the Pats still failed to score after the call. They had a first down on the Chiefs 3….

    After the Harry “TD”. Brady came right back and hit Meyers in the stomach for a TD and he dropped it. I know Brady missed some throws but even worse is the perfomance of the receivers. I mean even the last 2 throws of the night. Brady hits Edelman in the open field but falls down without being touched? – seting up 4th down. And on the 4th down he tries catching it with his body instead of reaching out, and the defender makes a play.

  48. Now that we are near Christmas I think a nice Christmas present from the NFL to its fans would be releasing the PSI measurements they have hidden since 2015. 🙂

    They won’t of course and anyone with a brain knows why.

    #PatriotHaterSoShook
    #TruthWillComeOut

  49. The reigning Super Bowl Champs , despite 3 loses, are still the NUMBER TWO seed. In reality that is all that matters. Though after reading some of the above comments I do wonder exactly what color the sky is in some commenters reality!

  50. fishfan77 says:
    December 9, 2019 at 12:23 pm
    Bad call or not, the Pats still failed to score after the call. They had a first down on the Chiefs 3….
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    Exactly. The Pats were on the 3 twice and could not punch it in with 7 plays. That was the game. The Pats are at 27in the league with Red Zone scoring at 48%. That is not good. Last year they were at 62%.

  51. Bob. Just Bob. says:
    December 9, 2019 at 11:11 am
    Pay attention boys and girls, this is how a MAN handles adversity and insulting questions.

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    Do you mean by being passive aggressive and sending the message indirectly? Yes, mission accomplished.

  52. You really think refs going into a game thinking we are going to screw one team over the other?
    They always have the quick whistle on blowning the play dead, nothing new.
    The one ref just though the receiver stepped out, it happens.
    They didn’t call roughing on the Pats or the close late hit out of bounds. So, no plan to screw the Pats.
    We all know Pats generally get the calls, and now it changed for one game and everyone is in outrage…pretty sad.

  53. No worries, Tawmy – the refs will be back in your pocket come playoff time, just as they have been for the better part of 20 years.

  54. I do love the fact that they boo a man who brought them all those super bowls, yes Patriot fans, its over!!!! Doesn’t seam like you all are handing it so well either. Tom will definitely be gone next year, playing elsewhere thanks to sore loser, ungrateful Patriot fans.

  55. NE- Least dynamic/athletic “playoff” team in the League. And maybe the oldest and slowest.
    Good luck going through KC, Houston and Baltimore in the AFC…And whomever comes out of the NFC.

    Don’t worry Boston fans. Pitchers and catchers report soon.

  56. Meanwhile bills fans are always crying. It’s not the officials fault they have sucked for almost their whole existence except a small window in the 90s

  57. The incessant whining and excuse making of the haters shows their true colors. Well here’s the facts idiots: Brady has won six Super Bowls and your QB has not. Period.

  58. I was at the Pats/KC game and the boos were for the officials and not Brady or the team.
    The fans were chanting Brady Brady on their last 4th quarter drive.
    Why fans from the other teams hate Brady ,other than the fact that he’s a winner, is a puzzle to me.
    He’s great in the community, a great family man, his teammates love him, very complimentary to his peers and stays out of trouble.

  59. dedreu400 says:
    December 9, 2019 at 1:32 pm
    I do love the fact that they boo a man who brought them all those super bowls, yes Patriot fans, its over!!!! Doesn’t seam like you all are handing it so well either. Tom will definitely be gone next year, playing elsewhere thanks to sore loser, ungrateful Patriot fans.

    Lame.

    So should they cheer if the team isn’t playing well?

  60. Geez, Tommy, perhaps you forgot the game where you chased the refs off the field and a hot mic caught you cussing them for a no call?? That was profane whining broadcast on national TV.

  61. The reigning Super Bowl Champs , despite 3 loses, are still the NUMBER TWO seed.”
    And have yet to beat any teams who will be in the playoffs.

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    Really, I seem to remember them beating the Current number five seed, Buffalo.

  62. vancouversportsbro says:
    December 9, 2019 at 11:08 am
    Yeah, you do. And so do your fans twice as much.

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    When has Brady ever made an excuse? Fans are fans… of course we make excuses. lol. But Brady doesn’t and never has.

  63. The reigning Super Bowl Champs , despite 3 loses, are still the NUMBER TWO seed.”
    And have yet to beat any teams who will be in the playoffs.
    ————————————–
    Well…except for the 5 seed Buffalo Bills and the 6 seed Pittsburgh Steelers…and whomever ends up winning the NFC East…

  64. windowthrow says:
    December 9, 2019 at 2:30 pm
    Last team that could ever blame the refs. Practically handed wins regularly.

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    Any person regularly watching Patriots games would know that is not true, but if you are only practically watching, you may think it’s true.

  65. Total class.

    He doesn’t need to be. He would be totally justified in calling out Goodell for throwing the games against KC, Baltimore and Houston, yet he remains class and just takes it. Much respect.

  66. of course Tom isnt going to blame the Refs, they have been on his side his whole career and hopes they come back to him.

    but its the Mahomes era now Tom, you even look at him wrong and its a flag.

  67. Too much talk about refs on Boston sports radio today. We don’t get to do that when the offense sucks on all fronts. That’s the mentality of a loser sports town, don’t fall into that.

  68. Why do people view Julian Edelman as a top tier receiver if he can’t carry the load by himself? The biggest issue in New England is the wideout’s inability to win one-on-one matchups. Edleman’s a solid receiver don’t get me wrong, but he needs somebody to open up the game for him.

  69. Put the mic in front of any player and they should say the right thing. If they don’t they shouldn’t have a mic in front of them.

    Brady is clearly yelling at the top of his lungs at the Refs on the field. Holding his hands up looking for penalties… Come came time, his actions and expressions tell a whole different story from what he says the following day.

  70. Bad call or not, the Pats still failed to score after the call. They had a first down on the Chiefs 3….

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    Pats get that fumble recovery and return it inside the 10, they have a much higher chance of scoring a TD. If they do score a TD there, then they only need a FG instead of a TD at the end of the game to tie.

    Ifs and buts….but dont pretend that that getting the ball inside the opponents 10 is the same thing as getting it their 45…..

  71. LOL Tom (energizer) Brady and company are doing just fine! Funny how so many have counted them out! Its almost Brady Time ( playoffs ) and we will see what happens? Sure it may not be the best team they ever had but the other teams are definitely beatable! I remember last year when they were written off as well! I dont blame all of you losers who have cried for years and years! Whaaaaaaaaaaa Tom Brady is the best! I watched every Superbowl and BRADY IS THE MASTER! No I am a Redskin fan! It sucks

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